Before I get into the nitty gritty of how the blog roll is organized, let me take this opportunity pass on the following nuggets of information to those of you who have your own blogs:
1. If you are writing about any kind of "schooling," your readers are going to want to know the approximate ages of your kids (we're talking ballpark here, no need to post their birth certificate. I know all about the government spies). If you have a blog check right now and see if you can't put that information someplace a new reader can find it quickly without combing through the whole thing.
2. Speaking of combing through the whole thing...if you have a blog check right now and make sure that your archives are added to your sidebar. On Blogger you do this by adding it as a gadget. New readers will almost always want to read your first post because it tells us what the blog is about and explains your general philosophy and reasons for blogging. If your archives aren't activated the only way we can find this is by repeatedly scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking "older posts." This can take a good 20 minutes. Some super friendly bloggers both activate their archives and provide a sidebar link to their first post.
Okay...back to the blog rolls:
Everything that I know of is included at this point except for blogs I think of as "Montessori Lite" (blogs that refer to Montessori activities or to using the Montessori philosophy but rarely post about it). If you are the author of or know of a Montessori blog that is not included please e-mail me and I will review it and see if I feel it should be added to the list. Also let me know if I have mis-categorized your blog or someone else's.
I created quite a few new blog categories. The current category list is as follows:
- Montessori Homeschool: Infant/Toddler 0-3
- Montessori Homeschool: Primary 0-6
- Montessori Homeschool: Elementary 6-9
- Montessori Homeschool: Upper Elementary 9-12
- Montessori Homeschool: Adolescent 12-18
- Montessori Classroom: Infant/Toddler 0-3
- Montessori Classroom: Primary 3-6
- Montessori Classroom: Elementary 6-9
- Montessori Classroom: Upper Elementary 9-12
- Montessori Classroom: Adolescent 12-18 yrs
- Montessori and Special Needs Children
- General Montessori
- Montessori Teachers in Training
- Montessori Homeschools run by Trained Teachers
- Montessori Trained Teachers who don't Homeschool: home activities
- Godly Play Bloggers
- Other Homeschooling Blogs
- Other Blogs I Just Like
I assume that readers who have a child in a particular age range may be interested in blogs that have children the same ages. I thought it would make it easiest to find them all if blogs that covered several age groups were listed in each age category. So, if a blog belonged in more than one category, I generally put them in both categories. This means that some blogs are listed several times. This happened most often in the case of large homeschooling families who may have children ranging in age from 0-18.
I made an exception to this rule in the Montessori Homeschool infant/toddler and primary categories. I only listed a blog in the infant/toddler category if that blog was exclusively about children between the ages of 0-3. Montessori Primary is by far the largest category and most of those blogs (like mine) have one or more children under the age of three. I thought it would overwhelming/confusing to also list them in the 0-3 category so I chose not to. Instead, I labelled that category 0-6. That is why there is overlap in those age categories.
Perhaps someday soon I'll figure out how to give you floating blog blurbs. In the meantime, I hope this blog provides a good place for Montessori families to find other Montessori families.