Here is what on our shelf this week:
These activities are only a very small part of the day. They are there to stimulate language, develop concentration and introduce the concept of order - placing objects on the same spot, the shelf is always tidy and neat. On my opinion, the most important aspect of development is personal interaction and freedom of movement - our main focus of every day.
Montessori believed that children have internal desire to learn about the world around them. After much observation as to how children actually acquired this knowledge, she concluded that they learned best by experiencing things as opposed to fantasizing or pretending about them. In fact she believed that fantasy play happened primarily because a child's environment was deficient of stimulating activities.