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Fear Should Not Rule Decision to Homeschool

In the aftermath of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., news reports began cropping up about an increase in parental inquiries to homeschooling support groups. Print and electronic media in cities like Washington, Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix and even those in smaller, rural towns across the country carried stories about how homeschooling could be a public school alternative to keep children safe in a secure learning environment.

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The New Year: How starting a new calendar offers opportunities to learn about the past, present and future.

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to introduce, revisit, or expand calendar and timeline work with your early elementary Montessori homeschooler. With a new beginning for the calendar year, there are numerous opportunities for homeschooling guides to enrich their child’s understanding of the passage of time and to explore the methods that have been used to record the movement of our planet and human activity. Blending the natural and social sciences, calendar work is directly related to all five of the Great Lessons in Dr.

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Gifting (part two)

In the preparation and excitement of celebratory occasions it is important to note that the giving and receiving practices established at home provide a model to children. Deciding how to commemorate an occasion and selecting a gift is an important decision. This is especially true for early elementary children; by allowing them independence and options in giving they learn valuable lessons in making thoughtful choices.”

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What is a typical day for a Montessori homeschooler like?

A typical day for a Montessori homeschooler will depend on your family’s lifestyle, your child’s interests, and the schedule (or rhythm) you set. In general, it will probably include some presentation or other spark of interest, some reading, research, experimenting, testing, documenting, sharing, and other purposeful activity for your child. You will spend some time observing, documenting, parenting, and serving as a guide.

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Gifting (parts one and two combined)

Knowing full well that complaints about presents are at best a bit ridiculous, in all honesty, many Montessori or homeschooling families will admit that the holidays and other gifting opportunities can cause frustration and anxiety. Objects that are given, received, and used are a reflections of values and in the case of gifts to children, it is natural for families that educate their early elementary children at home to tend to hold strong preferences as to the types of materials and toys they wish for their children have access to, and even stronger opinions on those they do not.

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Community Forum available for Q/A and comments.

If you have any questions or comments about using the Montessori method at home, either for homeschooling, unschooling, or as a way to genuinely follow the interests of your children, please join the discussion on our forum: http://www.magellanmontessori.com/forum.

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Resources to help families cope with the aftermath of tragedies : Link to AAP

Article titled: "AAP Offers Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings"
published on HeatlhyChild.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/AAP-Offers-Resources-t...

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A little more on the art of reading aloud...

In her book, The Advanced Montessori Method: the Montessori elementary material, Dr. Montessori speaks to the importance of cultivating a sense of the aesthetics in reading aloud with "...special attention to the art of reading." In this same passage, Dr. Montessori says:

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Story time in Montessori Early Elementary

In describing the ideal qualities of the Montessori guide, in numerous texts Dr. Montessori wrote of the importance of a pleasant, engaging voice. In no area of the curriculum does this very difficult and very important quality come into play than in language arts. Too often, once children show to be strong independent readers, parents and guides step back and read aloud time ends. This is unfortunate, as time spent reading aloud (especially classics and historical tales) is highly valuable for the elementary child, especially one engaged in at home Montessori education.

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The values in a vase: pottery study in Montessori elementary

The values in a vase: pottery study in Montessori elementary, part two of a two-part series.

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