i’ve heard the question several times: when do you have time to take all those photos?
well, there are two of us and the camera is easy to use, so it’s not just me.
but i have been thinking about how it is that there is time.
let me ask this: when there is a group of children on the playground, they are usually busy, yes?
they are engaged and active. engrossed in building or bug observing. flitting from slide to slide. with one friend the whole time or on her own. new groupings of children emerge because they all ended up on the tire swing at once.
there is seldom need for a teacher to create experiences for them. the space is predictable yet open ended. and there is time for taking photos.
this is how i like my indoor classroom to be as well.
in the wise words of maria montessori:
“The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.”
The Secret of Childhood
on a day when i have done my job, there is time.