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?
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!
In March, I wrote about how my three-year-old son has started taking photos around the house. This has become a regular part of our routine, so I wanted to share some more shots he has taken. Seeing our everyday life from his vantage point has really helped me to appreciate that he is his own … Continue reading Teeny Tiny Photographer II
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
Since making the decision to home school my children, currently ages one and three, I have been researching various methods of home schooling. Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share with you some of the benefits I've seen in each of those methods. If you are considering home schooling, this may help you … Continue reading Charlotte Mason: Whole Child
In December, NPR cited a Common Sense Media survey claiming that parents spend on average almost nine and a half hours in front of a screen every day. If that is even half true, it is shocking. Of course, I read this statistic and, probably like you, scoffed self-righteously. What kind of reprehensible person would … Continue reading Modeling Digital Habits
A bit of wisdom from Maria Montessori today: "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." For our older son, that's basically every task now. Last month he hit three and dove headfirst into the world of "I can do it all by myself!" He is putting on shoes, … Continue reading A Fierce Independence
Working with dice enhances number sense in young children by training them to look at a group of objects (the dots on the dice) and recognize how many are there without counting. As children grow familiar with these common arrangements, they increase their awareness of how numbers are composed -- two columns of three makes six, … Continue reading Snake Eyes!
Currently, my boys and I drive forty minutes to and from school each day. Most of that is highway driving, so accidents and bad weather can add up to an hour. To get the most out of that time, we read books, listen to music, sing songs, and talk about our day. On the drive … Continue reading Reclaim Your Commute