Friday, January 20, 2012
In celebration of the 8th year, Montessori Printshop is giving away 2 more great prizes! They are offering 33 geometry lessons and 10 zoology lessons. See the link above for more information and enter for your chance at some great materials for free!
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Montessori Print Shop!
I have a new obsession, hence my absence here. "What is it?" you ask. Montessori Albums! I can't get enough. I have been reading and reading and planning. I knew that the Montessori method was very directress inspired, but I didn't realize how much until I started reading different manuals. The what tends to stay relatively the same,(as in subject matter) but the how(materials/presentation) can be approached very differently based on the directress and even by the independent student. I love this! I have been working on so many things thanks to the inspiration of these albums. Many I have found for free. Finding these has made me realize even more that it is not just the materials that make the education Montessori, but the method as well. We are not fully Montessori, because in a small family it is hard to be purely Montessori, but we are incorporating even more every day!
You all know how I love the free exchange of knowledge so of course I am going to share a few of my favorites with you!
- Creating Dharma-- this was the site that got me started. The creator of this blog shares his own personal albums that he created while in training. I particularly like the photos he incorporated, which can not be found in many albums online and that you can download them as a pdf file instead of only being able to use them online. He also has links to other online only albums which are great for instruction but not as user friendly:
- Wikisori -- a wiki site for educators using the Montessori method quality varies with each entry as a result, but I have found many useful articles.
- Montessori's Own Handbook-- Written by the lady herself this is a MUST HAVE for anyone using the method. Many claim that you have to be trained professionally to use the method correctly, and while I will concede that it has to help in many ways, this book is proof that even Maria acknowledged if not approved of parents using her method at home! Something that has been very validating for me as a home schooling parent and I am sure will be for other homeschooling parents as well.
Best of ALL!!!!!