Why does Montessori Teach Writing Before Reading?

The Montessori Method: Writing before reading Some might find it strange, maybe even counterintuitive that Montessori teaches writing before reading. I mean, isn’t writing the more difficult of the two skills? Let me give you another way to think about this. Writing is like speaking Maria Montessori wrote in her book The Discovery of the Child (p.199), “Writing develops…in the same way as speech, which is also a motor translation of sounds that have been heard. Reading, on the other hand, forms a part of an abstract intellectual culture. It interprets ideas represented by graphic symbols and is acquired only … Continue reading Why does Montessori Teach Writing Before Reading?

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

Montessori Math: The Spindle Boxes

Montessori math materials Every material designed by Dr. Montessori had the child’s hands in mind. Dr. Montessori believed that the child who has the chance to use her hands in learning has the chance to attain a superior level of character and intelligence. For this reason, the materials were designed to fit in a small child’s hands, allowing them to more completely experience the presented concept. The materials actively engage the child’s senses, including tactile, visual, muscular, kinesthetic, and baric (weight). How does Montessori teach math? 1:1 correspondence and the concept of zero The Spindle Boxes are no exception. The … Continue reading Montessori Math: The Spindle Boxes

Montessori Math: The Golden Bead Material, part 1

How does Montessori teach math? Remember how daunting math became for you when the numbers started getting longer and longer? I remember being introduced to multiplication and division around the age of 7, and by the age of 10, I … Continue reading Montessori Math: The Golden Bead Material, part 1

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?

What we’ve already accomplished: Our starting point.

Though our journey into starting our preschool years at home, Montessori-style, is just beginning, we have already implemented the philosophy of facilitating independence. One thing that my daughter has always loved is watching and helping us cook. We knew she’d catch right on and get excited about gaining independence for mealtimes. At 18 months, we bought Madeline a table and chair set and a set of dishes, which we cleared out some cabinet space for. As you might expect, this was an instant hit and she was excited to learn how to handle them properly, set her table, wash them (of course…water!), and put them away. The … Continue reading What we’ve already accomplished: Our starting point.