Big Montessori/Homeschool post

I am humbled by all of the people who have recently emailed me asking for my thoughts on homeschooling. I post things on here and on Facebook about our life and journeys, but I don’t really think much about it.
I am still learning how to do this whole school thing, but let me tell ya, I have learned a lot! I have read a lot of blogs and scoured books. I have been intimidated by the enormous amount of instruction out there from the certified Montessori crowd. It is rather daunting actually. And since I am being honest here, I will tell you that at many times I have just wanted to forgo the thought of Montessori teaching and just do a strict school instead. I am glad I did not give up. I am glad I decided to listen to the lessons from our family devotional last week and persevere. Really God, who was that lesson for anyway?

I came across this blog post and had that light bulb moment.

After being discouraged and told that Montessori method wasn’t really great for at-home learning I found this article written by Montessori veteran. The article, which is all about how one *could* teach Montessori at home, gave me that sense of relief that I was indeed doing something good for my children. It gave me the fuel I needed to keep pushing forward. So much fuel, in fact, that I stayed up late. Very late. I was tearing through my materials, looking for great new practical life activities for our week. I sifted through my files looking for science cards and math cards to print up and laminate (my new favorite thing…should I admit that?). I was excited and encouraged again!

When I learn something new like that I have a huge desire to share with others as well. So, I decided to post this blog about my huge list of resources here, on our blog. I am going to list a bunch of blogs and websites that have helped me in our homeschool/Montessori journey.

Before I do so, I am posting these as a mommy who is not certified and I don’t claim to do everything per the books. I try to get the basic principles down, which I feel are important. The main important thing for our children is that they gain a sense of independence. We feel it is important that the kids know that they can learn things on their own. Montessori is a guided learning experience. When the kids have a desire to learn about a subject (which Maria Montessori believed is a natural desire) I make sure to keep our shelves stocked with materials that will help them learn about that subject or skill. I try to make things accessible to the kids when possible. For instance when I noticed Ruby’s love of coloring I put a box of crayons, stickers, markers and paper in a box on a low lying shelf in the school room. She loves going in there and coloring. She, and the other kids, have been taught how the crayons are to be kept (in the box) and so far it has been kept that way. Most of the time. Jack is still a work in progress
😉 Like I said, I am not certified in this method and I am still learning. I love what I am learning though.

With out further adieu, here is the list of resources I have come across that has been very helpful in our journey!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method (basic info on Montessori method)
http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/ (a homeschool mom with great inexpensive ideas)
http://whatdidwedoallday.blogspot.com/
http://www.squidoo.com/alternative-to-scissors
http://www.montessoriprintshop.com/Montessori_Materials.html (great stuff to print, some free, but most are inexpensive)
http://www.softschools.com/ (great free math games)
http://chasingcheerios.blogspot.com/
http://montessorisecrets.blogspot.com/ (she didn’t post a lot of stuff, but what she did post was very helpful)
http://homemademontessori.blogspot.com/search/label/3-part-cards
http://montessorispanish.blogspot.com/search/label/Learning%20Room
http://www.playmusic.org/stage.html (a cool music site)
http://www.starfall.com/ (some of it is kinda hooky but there is some good stuff on here!)
http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/ (great art site, highly recommended!)
http://www.montessoricandy.com/

*edited to add this one*

http://www.montessorimom.com/montessori-free-printouts-downloads/ (lots of free printables, super cool site!)

A lot of these are Montessori, like I mentioned, but honestly they can be used in a regular homeschool type environment. I hope these are helpful to any of you out there who desire to teach your children at home. I love sharing what I know because I know that I too am always looking for any help I can get! BTW, feel free to leave a comment with any websites or blogs that *you* love!

Updated: February 21, 2011 — 5:13 pm

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