I'm excited to be introducing a new column here at Vintage Indie, under our Teach Me category. Handmade Montessori will focus on Maria Montessori's strategies and will glean many important points of thought that she so eloquently taught.
However, if you are a die-hard Montessori parent or teacher, please note, I'm not an expert. As a matter of fact, this stage of "homeschooling" and methods are all new to me when they are defined as "school". I've always had my boys beside me learning. We've spent hours in the kitchen learning how to cook. They've spent time in the laundry room learning how to properly do laundry. We've taught them care of self since the beginning, but presented it to them in different ways. The Montessori approach is new to me in concept. Not hard, and very practical, but starting much earlier, learning to pay attention to my daughter's cues when she's ready to move on to the next thing.
I've done a lot of research on the topic and I'm currently enrolled in Maren Schmidt's Online Course, Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way. Maren is such a sweet, soft spoken teacher, I love her approach to Montessori and her patience. If you haven't heard of her before, you must subscribe to her newsletter, it is wonderful.
I hope you will join me on this journey of Handmade Montessori, with my daughter and learn something new to implement in your homeschool, or general life. We'll be discussing Montessori as well as all things handmade, and DIY for teaching your toddler and preschooler at home.