We are stepping into a new way of homeschooling for the second half of our school year. I am homeschooling our daughter who is in Kindergarten and is six. I have found that the homeschooling method that we have been using just does not seem to fit our daughter's learning style. She does not seem to enjoy school, unless it is hands on learning. For this reason, I have chosen to go the Montessori route as best as I can achieve at home. While I feel that homeschooling is very important to us for many reasons (which is why I don't want to send her to an actual Montessori school or public school), I have found that upon reading through many Montessori books, community is a integral part of the teaching method. The children learn from one another, teach one another, motivation almost seems to stem from one another, etc. Where does the self motivation come from when you are at home learning? I don't really understand how to set up a day without guiding and sometimes telling her what needs to be accomplished in her day. I love the multi-sensory approach to the learning style, but what I don't understand is how to get her excited and motivated to dig deeper and follow through with what all she should be accomplishing to reach her academic goals. She has a 15 month old brother, so he will be trailing behind her quite a bit.
Is anyone else using the Montessori style approach and how do you effectively approach each day to assure that your child is being taught all the things they should be retaining for their specific grade level?