Montessori Links

Better late than never! A friend asked about these a while ago…

A good general introduction to Montessori Home education as I use it is Micheal Olaf company’s websites. As I put this link in today I discovered they have added a lot of information and links I haven’t looked through yet. The catalogues contain a lot of interesting developmental information and are very useful.

This style of Montessori home education is fairly close to natural learning, and does not try to replicate the Montessori classroom in the home, a task that would be impossible even if you thought it was desirable. And I don’t!

The  environment

Online albums

Online/Email Groups

  • playschool6 – Catholic general Montessori homeschool discussion. Although I am not Catholic, I do not find the religious content overwhelming. It is usually clearly marked and can be skipped.
  • montessorimakers – Low volume list, files and archives on how to make montessori materials
  • montessoribyhand – Another discussion, lower volume, and archive of material

I hope there is enough there to keep you busy for a while. If you have any other favourites, please let me know!

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It’s All Greek To Me

This week we went back to Little City Kids Curriculum We are moving very slowly with this, but we are up to the topic ” It’s All Greek to Me”. We have already looked at the Minoans, and the Mycenaeans, and this unit is looking at Greek culture in general. What I love about it is that it exposes children to big ideas yet lets them work at their own level, so I can use it with both Primus and Secondus. We used some old sheets to create Ancient Greek clothes.

Dressing up ideas. There was also a whiteboard with further information about common clothes for men, women, children and babies.

For younger children, such as Secondus, doing up pegs is a challenge in itself, developing finger strength and co-ordination.

Pegging up

We also looked at some Geometric designed pottery from the Greek dark ages.

Plate decoration materials ready to go.

We have recently raided the library for books and  ideas – this is on topic that has plenty.
My current plan is to move more quickly through Little City Kids, spending about a fortnight on each topic. This will leave plenty to do when we revisit later but will help give a broad sweep of history. Later specific details can be filled in more thoroughly.

Back Again, With Some History Activities

We have been busy lately greeting newest arrival, so I haven’t posted much, but we have also been having a lot of fun.

We were looking at early writing systems. We compared papyrus scrolls with cuniform, creating one of each.

Making a papyrus scroll

One of the cuniform tablets LE. made
Then we experimented with what happened when we left them outside, heated them in the oven or put them in water, to show why not many surived to the present day. This idea came from the activity books that go with the Story of the World: Ancient Times. These books do have a lot of ‘schooly’ aspects, such as comprehension questions, but the hands on learning activities are great. To be honest, you could probably find a lot similar ideas elsewhere, but having them in one place and linked to the story books, they do make it easy to locate ideas, and quicker for me.

And right now, that’s a huge bonus!

Another Free Education Website

to keep an eye on. I haven’t managed to have a really good look here, let me know if you find anything really good. 🙂