The internet! So much of my inspiration comes from other blogs. When I first started with Bear (3 years ago), 1+1+1=1 and Chasing Cheerios were important. Now I look to Delightful Learning and Living Montessori Now for most of my inspiration.
I can’t think of anything I’ve purchased that hasn’t been used and that I haven’t liked. I research pretty extensively before purchasing things as I am quite frugal. I would say that the item that gets used least are the wooden blocks, but I don’t think that means I shouldn’t have bought them:) I just need to inspire them to use them more.
We will be continuing the Montessori sequence with Bear and J-jo, but moving away from Montessori a bit with Bear. I don’t think I can manage to do elementary Montessori at home. I would want to be trained and that is not feasible right now. We’ve started easing into that transition this year by introducing Singapore and Miquon Math (though we still mostly do Montessori method and materials for math, I wanted her to experience math in another way) and joining Classical Conversations. I am also introducing Bear to a work contract next year (one day a week this year as transition) that will be like workboxes, but as a checklist. We tried a modified workbox approach (with boxes) in the summer and Bear did not like it. She has gotten so used to the freedom of Montessori.