We had a less-than-perfect Montessori school day today.
This post is for all the homeschooling moms I see on Yahoo groups who find blogs depressing because:
"Everything looks so perfect."
"Children are using works one at a time neatly on a work rug."
"Children are not 'playing with' the materials
or using them in ways which were not intended."
(Doggy "eating" out of the marble bowl. The same marble bowl that led to the abrupt ending of our school session when Kal-El declared school a "pirate school" and started shooting the marbles at my head because they were "cannonballs." Aargh.)
These are NOT pictures taken "throughout" our session. These pictures are snapshots of different sections of the room at one moment in time. (In other words, it was that bad.) No, it is not normally like this. Yes, it is sometimes like this. Yes, I cut school very short today. Yes, they did have to clean it up. Yes, they really enjoyed cleaning it up.
Except for the pink tower. I asked Kal-El to put the pink tower to rights and he said "no, it's okay that way for now. We're just going to leave it like that for a couple of days."