Homeschooling Reality

Montessori homeschooling: fantasy vs. reality I love looking at pictures online of those beautiful Montessori indoor spaces and the adorable children working hard at the material contained within them. Heck, I have posted these photos, myself. And it’s real. The children are working hard and the workspace looks amazing…for that moment in time. I’m sure some of these parents have just one child. Or maybe multiple children and help. Or maybe their children are older or spaced differently than my own. Or maybe they are just way better at this than I am. Or maybe they are doing exactly what … Continue reading Homeschooling Reality

Nurturing a Child’s Musical Interests

Montessori and Music Dr. Montessori had clear thoughts on the importance of music in children’s lives. “There should be music in the child’s environment, just as there does exist in the child’s environment spoken speech. In the social environment the child should be considered and music should be provided.” -Maria Montessori In a Montessori primary classroom, you will find song and dance during circle time. You will also find auditory material, such as the Montessori Bells and Sound Cylinders. The benefits of music to the developing brain The effects of music on brain development and cognition have been well studied. … Continue reading Nurturing a Child’s Musical Interests

Montessori Schools: A Worthy Expense?

Thinking about your child’s education can be overwhelming, particularly if you have decided that you would like your child to have the Montessori experience. Is a Montessori education just for wealthy families or is this something we can all provide for our children? Is there any difference in the test scores of Montessori children and their public school peers? Let’s take a look! Are Montessori schools expensive? National statistics on the cost of private Montessori schools It’s no secret that Montessori schools cost a pretty penny. Through my research, I’ve seen Children’s House (years 3-6) tuition range from $6,900/year in … Continue reading Montessori Schools: A Worthy Expense?