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  1. Joyful Learner
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    I completely understand and respect your choices. I love Montessori too but having only one child, it was hard for me to justify the time I spent making all the materials. She also does things once and never touches it again. I want to continue following the child but also meet my needs of wanting to complete something. I know in my mind that children learn best when they follow their interests. But for my own sanity, I want to have something scheduled, at least for the mornings. The rest of the afternoon would be used for outdoor play and following whatever interests her. Perhaps, you can leave Montessori materials for her free time and make materials occasionally if you find something good. I try to incorporate it if I think it will enhance the learning. I love the Montessori grammar, for example. I adapted it to meet our needs and used the ideas behind it…the use of objects to symbolize abstract ideas. I love your choices for spelling and language lessons. I wanted to try it but haven't gotten around to it. Instead, we are looking into introducing Latin. I would love to know more about the language lessons and the spelling so many we can incorporate it next year. K seems to be teaching herself spelling just from free writing so I want to see how far she can go with this. As for math, we began Dreambox and that has been working well in terms of helping K get the repetition for basic skills which she was lacking. She seems to get the concepts easier than the rote stuff. I agree with you that teaching concepts before procedure is very important! We've been doing Life of Fred and love that as well. We're probably going to move onto a problem solving approach down the line.

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  2. TheRockerMom
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    It's good to read about your reasons. The most important thing to do is what works for your family. I know that you put lots of time, thought and love into all that you do to educate your children… and it works!! I've planned to do my best to give Robbie a classical education even since before he was born, so it's nice to read about what you think of the materials we may use.

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  3. Phyllis
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    I, too, enjoy some aspects of the Montessori method, but found it too teacher heavy in terms of making and setting up materials. I just use some of the principals.

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  4. Karen
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    Es interesante leer esta publicacion Julie, despues de tanto tiempo que sigo tu blog y entendia que te gustaba mucho Montessori…., Respeto muuuchisimo tu opinion y tu sinceridad para con tus lectores. La realidad es que cada familia es difente y necesita ajustarse a las necesidades de sus hijos y sus intereses. Si estos metodos que mencionas, son los que le funcionan, Gloria a Dios!! Lo importante aqui, es que tus hijos hagan el trabajo, que les guste lo que hacen y que mama tenga paz mental!!! Asi, que muuuucho exito, te sigo leyendo igual, pues me encantan tus ideas!!lol y admiro el trabajo que haces con tus hijos!!

    Sabes….me llama mucho la atencion el programa de All About spelling, para ensenarle ingles a mis princesas… leere un poco mas sobre el!!

    Gracias x tu sinceridad y sigue haciendo lo que has hecho hasta ahora, pues tu trabajo es espectacular!!!

    (I’m sorry, it’s easy for me said all this in spanish, I know you understand!!)

    Big Hugs!!

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  5. Nicole
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    Yes! We chose to finish up our kindy year with Waldorf-inspired for many of the same reasons. Next year for first grade we will be using Enki. Kudos for doing not only what’s best for your child, but also what’s best for *you* 🙂

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  6. Ticia
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    Thanks for sharing your reasons. I was very curious. I’ve known for a while that Montessori didn’t work for me, personality wise, or my kids, but I’m always interested to learn more about what works for different people

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  7. Homeschool @ sg
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    Totally get what you mean! These days I just rely on what we call here, assessment books for my 5 yr old to be. It’s easier & comprehensive. It serves very well as a checklist on what he should be learning and what he knows or doesn’t. But I still adore Montessori, so I use bits & pieces oF her academic work if I deem necessary. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Teaching Stars
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    My interest in Montessori starts out strong from infant to preschool age but by kindergarten my interest wanes. I feel you on this post. 🙂

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  9. Lori
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    I really, really, really get what you are talking about. Montessori is very time consuming. It’s been so rewarding though and I can see why you are continuing it in your home and lifestyle, while suplementing other styles of education. I’m happy that Bear is so successful in her studies. You are doing an amazing job! I featured your article on the Montessori MOMents facebook.com/MontessoriMOMents. I think many Homeschoolers will find it very helpful. Happy homeschooling! -Lori

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  10. Jennifer Payne Juarez
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    I respect your decision regarding Montessori Elementary program. I am a Montessori Elementary directress. The Montessori Elementary program is relies on student to student interaction. It is a hard program to understand because it is distinct from the primary program. This program would be challenging for a home school setting. Yet is it wonderful for a school setting! If you ever have a chance please visit your local Montessori School! Our classroom is an exciting place. We have children researching their favorite topic and others doing long division! I respect your decision, but realize the Montessori Method goes well beyond the elementary years!
    Good luck!

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