I’m going on about five hours sleep today and it’s been a busy, educational day but I’m feeling more awake than I would have expected! Sure, it’s probably the caffeine I’ve been pumping into my system but I think it is also this: I have discovered a new passion. It is, crazily enough, the Montessori approach to education. Yesterday morning, I said I didn’t think I had any interest in Montessori but after a few hours of exploring the approach from different websites yesterday afternoon while the kids napped/had quiet time, I quite fell in love!
I think the Montessori approach will work especially well with Ellie. Micah is more of a traditional learner, happy to pull out a work book and delve into various exercises with a gusto, but Ellie is going to be my more hands-on learner. She’s got a shorter attention span with a passion for staying busy with her hands so anyways, to cut to the chase, I put together a Montessori-like working station today for fun using things I already had around the house. I tried to make it as realistic as possible, even putting everything on a tray which apparently is very Montessori…organized and everything in it’s place.
The work station was a hit and even Micah liked it! It was easy for him to figure out but still valuable exercises all the same! Both kids can profit…Micah as a way to compliment the more classical education he will receive this year with our awesome “My Father’s World” curriculum and Ellie as a means to stay busy doing simple yet valuable activities that will stimulate her while also affording me the opportunity to hopefully give adequate concentration to Micah on his school days.
This is going to be an exciting, busy year full of new experiences for all of us, mom and kids. I test my wings as mom/teacher and the kids as official homeschoolers. Micah is signed up for a multi-sport class and a children’s world drum class at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Ellie is signed up for ballet…with other activities during the week, I trust they will have adequate opportunities for social interaction.
And our first day of “official” school begins this Thursday! I have to get a scroll prepared as a prop for Micah’s first bible lesson…I’m going to have to delve into my crafty side this year! Time is flying…I will keep you posted on how our first day goes!:)
While driving around the Sleepy Hollow area Sunday, we came across some post-Hurricane Irene flooding!
A little Montessori inspired work station:
I’ve wanted the Jesus Storybook Bible for a while…the illustrations are the most beautiful I’ve seen in a children’s bible!
Ellie quickly caught on to the Montessori tray idea…she has begun putting everything on trays!:)
This is school, Goof ball Ellie style…
Amelia discovers herself while digging amongst the pots and Tupperware…
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