! How great to see that a Montessori teacher chose homeschooling! Makes me feel like maybe we're not crazy to think we can make this work.
Did you do 3-6 with your older one at home?
Originally Posted by Neptune2
So you feel that with the Gettman book, and some albums (even some that could be found online) you would have enough?....Is there any place with a program? You know a timeline of some sort? I feel like I need all the material right from the start, but cannot have it all at once, and I don't know where to start. I have a 4 yo and a 2 yo. They will be 6 and 3 when I start...
Hi, Neptune2! Do you think you'll still be doing Primary stuff with your 6 year old, or moving into Elementary?
Because Montessori is so child-driven, there really isn't a timeline laid out. But Gettman breaks things into "periods", so you can tell what your kid is likely to be working on at the same time. I know other people have used that to decide what to buy -- they can see what their kid is likely to use first, buy that, and buy piecemeal as they grow.
I've looked a little into New Child Montessori (http://www.newchildmontessori.com
) which may be more what you're looking for. But that's mostly going to be useful for your younger child, not the older one. There's not quite so many resources out there for Elementary, and the material seems to be more expensive.
I'd buy Gettman now and at least read through the parts before he gets into activity details. That might help you know if you want to look deeper into theory (reading Maria Montessori's books) or into implementation (looking at albums online or into buying some).
Oh! And there's Karen Tyler's course (http://www.amontessorimarketplace.com
)! I haven't taken it, but it seems to be very well-received on an email list I'm on. You get online classes and an album out of the deal. No certification, but if you're not looking to work in a classroom, that's not a big deal. And, again, it's for 3-6.AFM
-- DD seems to be having a rough day overall. So I'm going to blame a generally grumpy day for the poor first day we had, and not fault myself entirely. I'll post later with a bit more about how our first day went so maybe you can give me some insights. I think I'm really struggling with balancing being a mom (encouraging, goofy) with being a guide (stepping back, demonstrating taking the materials and environment seriously).