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    May 14, 2013 @ 3:24 am

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  2. kasie
    September 17, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Hi, I am a Montessori teacher who has decided to stay home and homeschool my children. I want to incorporate more Montessori works, but am finding that I dont have the space in my 1100 sq. Ft. House or the budget to accomplish this. Any suggestions? It looks like you have many of the works in your home that my classroom had…

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    • Stephanie
      September 18, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

      Hi Kasie. I do have a lot of the works and frankly, I just don’t need ALOT of them! I would start with Montessori At Home the book. (There is a button on the right hand side bar). It shows how to put the Montessori method to work in your home without buying EVERYTHING! I think that the Golden Beads are important, the sandpaper letters, knobbed and knobless cylinders, number rods, hundred’s board are all really important. Sensorial Materials are good, but it depends on how old your kiddos are and how important the different parts working together is to you. For example, there are a ton of nesting block sets that will teach essentially the same things as the Pink Tower, but they take up a lot less space! However, they are not going to have the measurements that match the binomial cube and thousands cube to make the work connections. You have to think about how important those things are. While it was really cool when Bunny did that work, she really didn’t learn anything my mixing materials that was super earth shattering! I think that there is a lot of stuff that can be made without the cost! Another thing that I have found is that things like practical life work can be done well in the rooms that we do those things in. You don’t need to make a tray for folding when there are plenty of perfectly good shirts that need folded in your laundry room! 😉 So check out the book, and if you have more questions or thoughts, feel free to email me! After what is the point of a blogging community if we cant help each other? Happy Schooling!

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  3. Amanda
    January 15, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

    Hi Stephanie I just came across your blog in my search for Montessori albums/manuals and materials. I have a 6 year old currently in a Montessori school and an 19 month old who is just being exposed to Montessori. We are a military family and up for our next move I have decided to homeschool my 6 year old next year and I think I want to continue her Montessori education. Since we are not sure where we will be and if there will be an affordable Montessori school close I have decided homeschooling is best. I have been researching off and on since the summer on which method would be best. I am now familiar with classical, charlotte mason, montessori and a few others. I love certain principles of each but think the transition would be easiest if we stay mostly montessori specifically in regards to materials. My 6 year old is a kinesthetic visual learner and really needs hands on stuff. To get to my point I was wondering where you purchased your materials from and how you decided which were necessary. I have the “Montessori at Home” guide as well but am considering getting elementary albums/ manuals to help be with what to introduce and when for my 6 year old. Any thoughts on which ones would be best? Thanks for your blog it is great to see all of your ideas!

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    • Stephanie
      January 16, 2014 @ 12:25 am

      Hmmm….well that is a really big question! First off, all of my materials were from Kid Advance. Their prices were good and the quality is good enough. They wont last generations, but for homeschooling it is perfect! I think that picking materials is really dependent on what your space is, how much money you have, and how much time you are willing to put into it! 🙂 I love Montessori at Home and the ideas that John offer there are really perfect! However, things change ALOT as you move to the next plane of development that is described by Montessori. The way the kids learn, the way you teach, and the manner everything is presented changes a lot. Now that doesn’t mean it cant be done. You just have to know and have a plan in advance. For me, we started the elementary work when Bunny was 6-7. However, it didn’t work out for us. Bunny is pretty visual and the materials became more of a burden to her and her love for learning decreased ALOT! On top of that the time I was spending trying to figure out how to make the different materials was overwhelming. With the elementary work, a lot of it is cards, posters, and things like that you have to make. I finally decided to use other methods in addition to the Montessori ones that worked out SOOO much better. There were less tears, more learning, and less work for me! Bunny did much better! She is much happier, and I know that we are covering the things she needs to know by state requirement! What I did was create a base curriculum. We have a math, grammar, and spelling program that are non- negotiable. We also have fun ones that really good and simple, like our history and science. Since this core material only take about an hour a day, we are free to explore the other things that might interest her! There is a book called Project based homeschooling that I really liked. It kind of helps you starting thinking about how to help with a child’s chosen interest. It is too hard to have materials for everything and this allows you to learn about something case by case! So much easier they trying to buy and make all the cultural materials! For example, Pup is wanting to learn about foxes, so I can make sure that I have books, cards, and learning materials related to that instead of making a bunch and hoping she likes something. As for the other things, I think that you will need to see where she is at learning wise. She is probably way past a lot sensory and practical life materials, so buying those things is just going to be expensive and take up space you could use for something else. I would ask her teacher where is at, what she has mastered and what is working and use that to buy the materials. The teacher should have kept detailed records of all of that. That will give you a big head start! My Boy’s Teacher is an amazing blogger/ Montessori homeschooler who is rocking the elementary work! Where I gave up, she pushed on and it is working really well there! Here is her list of albums and what she likes about each of them for elementary. http://whatdidwedoallday.blogspot.com/p/elementary.html
      I have Elizabeth Papandrea’s albums. To get those you will need to email her directly. I think that they are really good and amazing for the price. Her theory album is worth its weight in gold and explains everything you need to know about doing the work with older kids! Her email is: elizabethpapandrea@yahoo.com.
      Anyway, I think I am rambling! I hope that helps! Pop back if you have more questions and to let me know how things work out! I would love to hear about your Montessori journey! Happy Schooling!

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