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
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: Outdoors Every Day
"Outside" was our three-year-old's first two-syllable word. By the time he was about sixteen months old, he would go to our front door and ask to go outside, usually while signing "please." He was absolutely right. Kids need to be out in the fresh air. We are home for President's Day and taking advantage of … Continue reading OUTSIDE!
Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research." This is most true when our children play with toys that allow them to create, experiment, and solve problems. Our three-year-old is enchanted with his wooden train set these days. He's developing his understanding of some basic engineering as he figures out where to place … Continue reading All Aboard!