A wonderful article on the importance of play in early child education.
“The academic world sees us (Montessori) as didactic rather than play oriented.”
Which is simply not true as Ayer states “Montessori has many of the elements identified as part of playful learning (to wit, structure, objects, interactive lessons, free choice, peer interactions, intrinsic rewards, and fun).” but what we don’t do is “pretend play, such as dress-up, toy kitchens, and fantasy.”
Montessori play is play with a purpose which is real and purposeful! It respects the child and follows the child’s interest.
Have a look at this article for more information on Montessori and play.