The Beginning

Most good parents want the best for their child.  Most good parents think that their children are the most special creatures that have ever graced this earth.  I am no different.

Days after returning to teaching kindergarten, I knew that I could not walk out the door each day and leave my son to be cared for by someone else.  I turned in my resignation and began my new life as a stay-at-home mother 4 months later.  I won’t lie and tell you the transition was an easy one, but it was one that I did make it through.  Fast-forward 3 years later and you find me here, sitting on my couch poised to begin a journey with my son for real learning in our home through The Montessori Method.

Through my time researching on the web, I’ve found countless sights dedicated to sharing ideas for teaching your child at home.  Sadly, I found most of them to be lacking depth and real-life application.  And some of them were just plain goofy.  If I found another website with letter of the day or week activities I was going to scream!  I wanted (and Carter needed) more.

Months ago my husband and I toured a local Montessori school.  In my best Mary Poppins accent, I declared it to be “practically perfect in every way” for our son.  It was exactly what I wanted for him.  It was what I felt would best fit his, though only just developing, style of learning and interacting with the world around him.  In college, I had some experience with The Montessori Method, though I didn’t pursue it specifically.  So, my knowledge begins very much on the surface.  In my experience teaching young children, I have found a variety of learning methods that work well, so those may be mixed in as well.

My goal is to share in what I learn so that someone else who looks for these same resources can have a place to land.

Come along with us as we learn and enjoy the ride!


3 thoughts on “The Beginning

  1. Whitney says:

    Love this!
    We are doing the A Beka curriculum for phonics/reading, and Math U See for (duh) math. However, the other “subjects” I like to be more Montessori-ish about.

  2. Jessie says:

    I’m glad you made a comment on my blog, so I could find yours.

    Looks like you fell for Montessori like I did! I would suggest reading plenty of books, as Blogs and websites are just someone else’s take on Montessori. For homeschoolers, that means following their child, not yours, so you have to take everything you read with a grain of salt. For example, letter of the week might not work for you, but I know many families and accredited schools who do it. It’s all about finding your niche. Blogs are wonderful for ideas and inspiration, but true Montessori comes from training or reading her books and applying it to your son.

    Best books are The Absorbant Mind, and Basic Montessori by David Gettman.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions 🙂

    • Mandi says:

      Thank you so much, Jessie! I would love to have someone to come to with questions as we learn and grow in this. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with all the new resources and information, which I obviously cannot use or purchase all at once. I have a few books on Montessori homeschooling, but I’ll be sure to check those out, too.

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