Today, I had my first parent-teacher conference. No big deal, because we talk at pick-up every day, and tend to deal with issues as they come up. Something the teacher said is bothering me though, and I'm wondering what you think. She said something about how imaginative play is discouraged in the classroom, because the children are expected to interact with their work in an intended manner, and not give in to imagination. For instance, they're doing beginning sounds, the basket for it contains things like a little baby, a banana, a bottle, etc. She said that they discourage, say for instance, the kids deciding to play by feeding the baby a banana, or drinking out of a bottle, instead of recognizing that these are all objects with the same beginning sounds.
I can see her point of view, and I can see how this is part of the Montessori philosphy. I am a big fan of imaginative play, and Mira gets plenty of it at home, so I shouldn't let this bother me, right?