Hopefully there will come a time in the not too distant future that the word “Covid” in the title of this blog post will be meaningless and we shall have returned to normal, safe, healthy life. Already it is clear that people are re-thinking education because of the situation. Some children thrive at home, others thrive at school. In the future education may be very different than it has been for the last few generations. Continue reading →
It is not possible to learn everything from a book, but there are are several, based on Montessori experience at home and in the classroom that have been found to be very helpful to parents and teachers during these days. They are all written by a Montessori teachers trained at 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 levels, and with many years of experience with children and young adults from birth to 18 years of age. Continue reading →
Montessori Homeschooling, One Family’s Story
There is a chapter in this book for each of the years. Here are a few excerpts from that would be called “third grade” of this 12-year experience of day-by-day, year-by-year, learning how to create an authentic Montessori education at home, through elementary, middle, and high school. Here is a second blog post with more information on this book.
The First Test Many of Michael’s friends attended public school and he often heard them worrying about an upcoming test, something outside of his educational experience until, in a class on music theory at the Saturday Music Academy, he was given a test. That evening as we were at dinner he said:
I don’t see what the big deal is about tests. My friends who go to school are always worrying about them. The music test today was no problem. If I didn’t know the answer to a question I just looked at the test of the person sitting next to me.
In the beginning of March, I visited the oldest Montessori school in Mexico, Colegio Montessori de Chihuahua. The school meets the needs of children with infant communities, elementary classes, and the higher grades, including a middle school, or Erdkinder (earth children), where the focus is real work that gives the students a feeling of being valuable, and creative, responsible, original, and respected. Continue reading →