Methods

August 20, 2013

School is upon us.  While summer flew by, I had in the back of my mind that I still needed curriculum for Gavin for this fall (we are home schooling again).  And of course I was completely overwhelmed and unsure, so I put it off.  That’s a terrible thing to do and I do it often when overwhelmed.  And then I become more overwhelmed and panicky because I am not prepared.  It’s a vicious cycle…..one that wakes me up in the middle of the night.

And then it hit me(or I should say, God hit me, for I had been praying about curriculum for a while).  Why not Montessori?  Liam has been in the Montessori classroom for the past two years and it has been fantastic.  The hands-on, student paced learning style is exactly what Gavin needs.  He is definitely a visual, “do-it” learner and obviously the sitting at a desk having someone talk at you for 7 hours a day didn’t work.

Me being the Type-A perfectionist immediately started worrying about Montessori teaching.  The concepts are COMPLETELY different and ones that I have not been taught.  Thank goodness for the internet.  There are blogs upon blogs with wonderful resources and tips.  I even stumbled across a Montessori teacher who has put her curriculum online!

And check out what came in the mail last week:

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Look at all those manipulatives!  And this is just for math!

Through these Montessori web sites, I’ve found links to great materials and those have slowly been coming in the mail.  Gav says it feels like Christmas because he gets a new package almost every day.

We are both SO excited for this year.  What a change from last year where we had no idea what we were doing!  Granted, I still feel really overwhelmed teaching the Montessori method but I have so many great resources and aids at my finger tips.

All I know is that Gav learns best by doing and that’s just what we’re going to do this year.

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5 Responses to “Methods”

  1. Emily, you are the greatest!! Much love.

  2. Courtney Wilson said

    Emily – this is one of my friends/volunteers at church – http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/
    She is an amazing resource – would definitely talk or email with you if you have questions – her name is Lori and she’s amazing.

    • recoveringgavin said

      Awesome! Thanks Cort! I can’t believe how many awesome Montessori resources are out there. Thank goodness for the internet! I will definitely check her out.

  3. sugarlight said

    Let me know if you can think of more learning tools you’ll need and I’ll send them!

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