Several months ago, I began doing some research on Maria Montessori's methods. Her writing is rich with insights, not simply about teaching, but about the ways we think about and interact with our children. I have made a few deliberate adjustments in my parenting style because of things I've read from Montessori, particularly in how … Continue reading Montessori: Honor the Work of Childhood
Good. Maybe when he grows up, he'll have a job instead of sitting in your basement eating bonbons and playing Xbox. Keep up the good work!! In all seriousness, I have taught for twelve years and had countless conversations with parents about how their kids are doing socially. Far too often, they are concerned about … Continue reading Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?
So you woke up one morning to realize your adorable, cuddly little bundle of an infant had been replaced by a raging tornado of chaos? Congratulations. You now have a toddler. Don't panic. I am on my second toddler now, and both he and you have the benefit of what my first toddler taught me. … Continue reading How To Survive Having a Toddler
I was playing backgammon (or tavloo, as the Armenians call it) with my three-year-old last night. This game is excellent practice for math skills like counting pips, number sense (reading a group of dots on a die without counting them), and complex problem-solving (considering a wide array of possible moves and determining the most favorable). … Continue reading Fair Play
Finally, finally, finally, summer is here! You cannot know unless you have ever taught middle school the blessed relief that Memorial Day weekend can bring. This new season brings a major shift in our day to day routine. No more school means no work for Mommy, no 5:00 wake-up call, no rush-hour commute, no daycare... … Continue reading Summer Goals
Something about three seems to making my older son grow at light speed. Since he hit his birthday in December, it's been non-stop new skills and ever-increasing independence. This week alone, he graduated from a mattress on the floor to a real twin bed (and he's only rolled out of it once), he's begging to … Continue reading Up He Grows!
Charlotte Mason educators often refer to the importance of "mother's education," a phrase that typically encompasses a mother's training in child-rearing, her study of child psychology and educational best practices, and for many moms, her personal spiritual growth through Bible studies and devotionals. It may also include a mother's mastery of the material she is … Continue reading Mother’s Education
I'm no kind of perfect Montessori mom. In fact, I do horrifying things like make my babies sleep in a crib and let them play with toys that are plastic. I know, right? But I do think Montessori has some rich insights that are helpful to any parents, whether you are full-on into her method … Continue reading Montessori: Flow
I use geometric drawing across the curriculum in several projects. Below is an in-progress shot of an 8th-grader's design for a stained glass window, an assignment from my medieval history unit that incorporates symbolism along with geometric design. In world history, we use geometric drawing when studying Roman and Islamic mosaics, and students have the … Continue reading Geometry Across the Curriculum
My three-year-old is forever teaching me about determination (or "stubbornness," depending on the particulars). This week, it was the kite he got in his Easter basket. Every day, he's been looking out the window and declaring that it's really windy outside. It is not. Finally I caved and let him take it out. Predictably, there … Continue reading No Wind, No Problem