“A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic.” –Lousia May Alcott
Like the restless Jo March, I am hopelessly flawed. I don’t pretend to be perfect or to have life figured out: I’m fashion-challenged. Our Florida humidity does horrible things to my hair. I can barely spell. I certainly don’t have Montessori homeschooling ironed down. This page is a presentation, a portfolio, of the highlights of our homeschool journey. The full title of our little school could more correctly be Cosmic Montessori-inspired Home School. But wow, that’s a mouthful.
I am a student of Montessori; I’ve spent countless hours immersed in her words and ideas. The “Montessori” in our school title is meant to honor the woman whom I hold in spectacular awe. After we decided to homeschool, I looked around for the better part of a year for a methodology that fit our family: something that both challenged and allowed for a special-needs child to shine, something that turned out independent thinkers, something we could grow with, a complete pedagogy.
I have to thank social media for finding Montessori. First the blog Counting Coconuts introduced me to the term years ago. I’d sit nursing my second-born baby around the clock, reading many, many blogs while looking to the future, and that was my first glimpse of Montessori homeschooling. I am forever grateful.
Some years later, I posted practical life work on Facebook. A friend who’s mother is a Montessori Directress (at the primary school my son now attends) saw the post and told me her mother was ready to pass down an assortment of Montessori materials. Did I want them? Now to someone familiar with Montessori materials, this is somewhat akin to winning the lottery.
To be honest though, I had no clue about the pink tower, the geometric solids or cabinet, the golden beads (or their amazing value), but I took them (and much more) home. There was a time when I had no idea how to begin with Montessori. Then a sweet friend, Carolyn, helped me to figure out what these materials meant. I must thank the many bloggers and vloggers who’ve posted videos and album pages to guide me. I’ve read so much of Maria Montessori’s own words, but to see them implemented in real time on Youtube, a teacher giving a presentation or great lesson, is priceless guidance. My only formal training has been through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 3-6 program. So take all of my projects and advice with a grain of salt.
I am a huge believer in a mother’s instinct and that no one knows a child like a mother does. Above all let that guide you in your homeschool.
About My Students:
My kids are aged preschool to lower elementary. They seem to really enjoy homeschooling and the freedom it gives us. Yes we wear uniforms.
My oldest daughter has 22q deletion, severe dyslexia and mild intellectual disability. She is a heart kid with a repaired cleft palate. I spent an impossible amount of hours working through her sensory aversions to wean her from a feeding tube. My thought is, if we can conquer eating by mouth, surely we can homeschool with sufficient progress.
My middle daughter is very typical, entering the second Montessori plane of development, and watching her learn is a lot of fun. She is my mini-me clone, so while I remember being bored for lack of challenge in school, in this environment, I can let her take the lead.
My youngest is enrolled in the Montessori school around the corner from us. I am so happy to have him there! The school only goes through Kindergarten, so he will be home following that.
Welcome to our online, homeschooling portfolio. If you homeschool and blog, please leave us a link in the comments, so we can be friends. 🙂