The Grace & Courtesy Of Receiving Gifts
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The Grace & Courtesy Of Receiving Gifts

The “Grace & Courtesy” portion of a Montessori education is possibly my favorite component.  With older children, it turns into “intentional character education” and “finishing” school, but with the younger crowd (3-6) the focus is on learning acceptable social behavior in an enjoyable manner. Children do a lot of things that are irritating to adults.  … Continue reading

Free Sound Patterns Using Getty-Dubay
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Free Sound Patterns Using Getty-Dubay

Today I’d like to share some free, hand-drawn sound pattern pages. If you have checked into handwriting programs for early elementary students, you’ve probably noticed that there are different styles of teaching handwriting, and different ways to write each letter.  I have used Italic Handwriting Series (linked below) for a few years now, and I … Continue reading

Introducing Keys of the Universe
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Introducing Keys of the Universe

I’ve posted previously about the Montessori primary (ages 3-6) online training program available from World Wide Montessori.  Today I’d like to share information about a Montessori elementary (ages 6-12) online training program called Keys of the Universe.  You can sign up for a single subject or the entire elementary curriculum, and receive both the albums … Continue reading

Using Montessori Metal Insets
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Using Montessori Metal Insets

You can “do Montessori” without purchasing actual Montessori materials. The philosophy of how you interact with your children is much more important than the materials you provide them.  Once you learn about the materials specific to the Montessori method, however, I can almost guarantee that you’ll desire to experiment with them (according to your budget!)  … Continue reading

Shiller Math
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Shiller Math

*I have another post about using Montessori math at home here.  I often say it:  if they are awake, children are learning.  Maybe they are learning new facts, or new bad habits, or new computer games, or new eating experiences as they eat the peas straight from the garden.  Just because it is summer, my … Continue reading

Elementary Albums By Elizabeth Papandrea
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Elementary Albums By Elizabeth Papandrea

If you have been thinking about purchasing a set of elementary-level Montessori albums, there is a digital set written by AMI trainee Elizabeth Papandrea.  It is available for purchase and on-sale for $80.   (Regular price is $100).  Volumes include: Mathematics 1 & 2 Language Geography Geometry Biology History Music Theory I haven’t seen these myself, … Continue reading

Getting To Know “Montessori For Everyone”
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Getting To Know “Montessori For Everyone”

If you’ve searched for educational materials for your children, I hope you’ve come across Montessori For Everyone.  This site, owned by Lori Bourne, is a great resource for high-quality digital files you can print and use as needed.  I have enjoyed using several of Lori’s materials with my children over the years. Lori sells materials … Continue reading

The Joy Of Montessori Unschooling
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The Joy Of Montessori Unschooling

I’ve mentioned before that I divide our homeschool year into “CC” weeks (24 per year) and “off” weeks (all the rest.) During CC weeks, we use the comprehensive learning outlines from the Classical Conversations program.  I introduce the new material on Monday, and throughout the week we attempt to understand it well, using a variety … Continue reading