I’ve always wanted to homeschool my kids but never realized how soon these years would creep up on me! I don’t have babies anymore. My son is now 3 and our baby girl is already 1! Pure craziness.
|My kids reading our gardening books.|
We’ve always done fun and educational activities with J since he was a baby but I started to do some homeschooling research last year and have slowly been implementing different activities into our daily routine.
A lot of you have asked me for info and ideas on activities I do with my kids at home so I thought I’d share some of what we do in this post. I’m not an expert by any means and I’m learning as I go.
I started by researching Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy. I remember attending a Montessori school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it! The more research I did the more I liked what I was reading. Now, I will say that I have never been one to follow rules to the T so, I wouldn’t consider myself a Montessori purist. I think it’s about finding what works for your children and family.
A friend of mine recommended an e-Book she discovered called Montessori At Home! eBook. It didn’t take me long to realize I had to have it! In short, the e-book has almost 300 pages of history, info, activities, charts and printouts written just for parents to get a start on early education Montessori-style. When I saw the price was $8.95 I jumped on it! (Note: I am in no way associated with the author of the e-book but I would recommend it to anyone if this is something you think you may be interested in doing.) Tons of valuable information, ideas, activities and inspiration…and my favorite part is that it’s written for parents and specifically teaches you how to make most of the activities from stuff you already have at home or can buy for very cheap! Ok. I’ll leave it at that. If you want more info you can check it out HERE.
|Use toilet paper, paper towel or mailing rolls cut to smaller pieces. I wrote numbers on each and he glues the number of pom poms needed to match the written number.|
|Practicing independent life skills. Cutting grapes into smaller pieces.|
|We built a wooden airplane together (from a kit) and he painted it himself.|
|We make homemade play-dough and then he rolls/cuts out shapes with cookie cutters.|
|Puzzles of any kind! He loves puzzles… he gets that from me!|
|Sorting metal washers by size.|
|Counting activity with dried garbanzo beans.|
So yeah… you get the idea. I’m always looking to learn new things so feel free to leave me a comment with your homeschooling recommendations for any must-have materials, books or blogs I have to follow.
Before the year is up I hope to convert the play area in our house into a full blown Montessori-inspired classroom. I have a lot of work to do and a lot of furniture to build. Wish me luck!