Half Full: Making Home, School, with Help from Montessori

Hey people. It’s getting weird out there with the Coronavirus scare. Most children are now being kept home from school, and I feel a strong pull to help others. I’ve seen a lot of comments this week from stressed out parents. I can’t watch your kiddos for you because that defeats the purpose of staying home from school, but I can give you some ideas on how to teach them and entertain them from home. Sometimes in the face of a challenge, we need more tools in our toolbox.

This was a travel blog. I love to travel, but like so many of you, I’ve been hunkering down during flu season, now coronavirus, and my dreams of the next travel post will have to wait.

So I’m gonna change it up a bit, and turn this into a Montessori Mommy blog… It may be temporary, or not. Let’s see how it rolls!

I’ve been working with kids for about 22 years now…all ages, but I especially enjoy teaching young children, while their minds are developing at a rapid pace. In college I sought an education degree and then a neuroscience degree, but ended up following my already fast moving career as a dance teacher. I never stopped loving science for one second, but I knew I couldn’t stand to be in a research lab all the time. I was better on stage or organizing [lots of] people. As a dance company director I always looked for ways to integrate the academics into art, whether that was holding science camps during the summer; or talking to children in ballet about how their synapses fire, and how to break down a difficult step in order to overcome obstacles of the mind; teaching tweens how to count music and detect sound layers; or teaching rhythm to babies that can’t speak yet (the best!).

Through all the years, I noticed interesting patterns in behavior and learning with children. In 2014, I developed a curriculum at my dance school that helped children learn dance at a faster pace than normal. We were about a year into implementing the program when we had to leave the dance school behind. It was exciting to see my students achieve such incredible results in their learning, and I was sad to see that amazing work go to waste, but it prepared me for what is now… Educating my own kids.

Finding a lesson plan to benefit all the ages of your children, at least once a day, is a challenge worth pursuing.

My 22 years of experience working every day to understand the development of children still does not make me an expert, but I do have knowledge to share that may help other moms. And maybe my honest fumbling as a mom, navigating the world of homeschooling toddlers will inspire you to work with your own kids, or give you a few tools for your toolbox– you know, for the rainy days!

Whether this “pandemic” is very temporary or ends up going on indefinitely, I hope you find my posts helpful. Follow me on Instagram for quick tips, and here on the blog for the longer nuggets when I get the occasional break.

-“Montessori Mommy” IG: TheseFiveSpears

And let me be clear, I am no expert in Montessori method. There are teachers who dedicate their whole lives to Montessori teaching, and that is not me. I have been working with it for only five years, but I love the results I see in my kids. They came up with our name “Mommy Montessori” last year when we were traveling a lot, and couldn’t put them in school. I also utilize other curriculum, online resources, and my experience teaching thousands of other people’s children to come up with lesson plans. Even with that, sometimes my plans tank…sometimes my kids revolt…sometimes I make mistakes…sometimes they learn something unintended…sometimes they learn something cool…but they always learn. My posts won’t be hardcore Montessori, but we do use a lot of Montessori tools and principles. -enjoy!

Baby A mastering the Imbucare Coin Box, Montessori Method for babies.

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