About my blog:
Just a few years ago it would have been RIDICULOUS to call keeping your three-year-old at home "homeschooling." Over time, what was once half-day 5K has become full-day and 4K has started to become standard. This means that in order for preschool to be PRE-school, one would begin at age three. This has become prevalent enough in our area that maybe 75% of the time when I meet a stranger along with my three-year-old, they ask if he's begun preschool. Also, the materials and curriculum Maria Montessori designed begin at age three, although the use of the her methods can certainly begin at birth. So, ridiculous or not, it was time for us to get started. I still would feel crazy telling a stranger that we are "homeschooling" at this point, it's easier just to say "not yet."
This blog is my attempt to document our progress following the Montessori method at home combined with as much unschooling as we can. As the boys get older and friends and family get more curious that they are still not in school, I hope that this can be a place they can go to see "What DID we do all day."
I am a "homeschooling" mother of two boys. Kal-El just turned three in December and Me Too turned one-and-a-half around the same time. (They are 19 months apart...NOT Irish Twins). I have been studying the Montessori method informally from the time that my oldest was about 18 months.
Who this blog is for:
First of all, my apologies to my family for the pseudonyms I will use in this blog. Although I must say, to anyone who knows the boys "who's who" should be pretty obvious. I haven't completely decided how private/public this blog will be and I would like to make the child molesters and government spies at least have to work a little bit. Some of the posts will be geared toward family and some toward fellow Montessori homeschooling moms. I considered making the blog private, but I find that many the comments left on other Montessori blogs I read (if you look at my sidebar you'll see that there are a lot of them, my freakishly fast reading ability and Google Reader are what makes this possible) are as helpful as the posts themselves. I'm just not willing to give up the possibility of that network of feedback and commiseration. It's not a perfect set up, my family will have to suffer through not only pseudonyms but also posts and pictures about how my "environment" is set up even though they have been to my home hundreds of times. Strangers will have to suffer through the occasional "look at what my cute kid did" posts as well as sub-par basic Montessori summaries intended for those who don't know much about Montessori.
I am not going to try to write eloquent explanations of the Montessori Method. This has already been done so much better than I can do it by people with much more experience than I have. I am much more likely to point you in the direction of the books and blogs where I learned myself. So, if you are new to Montessori and need more information please refer to the books and blogs listed in my sidebar.