I'm going to do a small series on my experiences at the local Montessori school in my city. If you live anywhere close by a Montessori school, and you are homeschooling with the Montessori method, my best suggestion to you would be to try your best to have a tour of the school, and inquire as to whether you would be allowed to observe the classroom(s) at all. I can honestly say that being able to talk 1-1 with the teachers and observe in these classrooms has been some of the most important learning experiences for ME as I began my Montessori teaching journey.
The first time I went to visit, my main focus was on watching the primary class. At the time, I didn't think I would be completely changing the way I taught - I just wanted to find something for my little ones to do while the older child were doing their school work. I'm going to share a little about the environment, the children, and the teacher.
We have been busy with some wonderful things here!
Hoss has started reading in our Abeka American History book, and although we have not used it daily, he enjoys it and I hope to get more into it in the following weeks!
When I first began to use Montessori works/activities for school, Miss Priss loved them - and enjoyed each one as I showed them to her (when I began, I had only a few things). Then she looked at me, just a tad bit let down, and said, " Where are my worksheets?" Of course, this was NOT what I was expecting, but she insisted that she needed to have worksheets. So I pulled out what I had for her, which I had moved out of the way when I decided to do things differently, and simply said, "Okay!" So while I have been able to get enough for her to keep her busy with hands on materials for a good chunk of her school day, she still really enjoys the worksheets - so we still do them! They are usually saved for the afternoons, when Buddy Boy and Bug are down fo…
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon Written by: Patty Lovell Illustrated by: David Catrow
This is a whimsical tale of a little - very very little - girl that learns to overcome circumstances that she can't change, in a very fun way!
She learns to over come teeth too big, a voice too froggish, a slight bit clumsy at times, and - most dramatic of all - a move away from the sweet grandmother that was such an encouragement to her.
I really love the beauty of the illustrations - they have a fun look for the children, without compromising the fact that they can have a beautiful air about them.
Through every trial that she faces, and all the new experiences she comes in contact with, she never forgets her grandmother's wise advice, and finds in the end that grandmother was right - if she just embraced the things she had no control over and used them to make herself an enjoyable person, everything that could be perceived as bad, turned to good :)