Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Some helpful links for those that may be considering homeschooling the Montessori way

I was chatting back and forth through email with another mom from a Yahoo group and told her that I had some great things that I had printed out back when we were deciding to homeschool.  I got the kids occupied long enough for me to dig out the binder and send another email.  These are some really good resources for anyone considering Montessori homeschooling but are also a good reference point for anyone considering homeschool in general.  I hope that all of the links will work, I have not tested them and it has been 2 years since I printed the documents that have these links listed on them.  I would like to include a few other links that I had already sent her: 

Montessori Research and Development http://www.montessorird.com/ (these are the manuals that our family uses).  (Update:  In the summer of 2013, I decided that I was confident enough in my teaching to sell these manuals and venture out on my own.  We started using Unit Studies that seem to fit our family much better, covering multiple age groups with out a lot of work to tailor them to each child.  I just couldn't keep up with teaching to two different levels with different units and I didn't like always repeating units and looking for extra material to add in for the oldest.)

Shiller Math http://www.shillermath.com/ (this is the math program that I wish I had found bf we were in so deep with purchasing Montessori math materials).  (Update:  in July 2013, I decided to switch to ShillerMath.  Our family has really enjoyed the simplicity of using this program.)

Montessori Print Shop http://www.montessoriprintshop.com/ (I get tons of materials here, LOVE this site!!!!!)

Here's my message to her with all of the other links:

Okay, my kids are all occupied so I can get this list of links for you. 

Why We Homeschool   http://www.thehomeschoolchannel.tv/profiles/blogs/why-we-homeschool-1   (This list of verses is what I found just before we made our decision to homeschool.  Ours was a decision based on finances since my youngest was about to be starting at the Montessori school in the toddlers program.  I still wasn't sold on the idea when I came across these verses.  I rewrote them into my journal as they were worded in the King James version and wrote my own thoughts about each verse.  I prayed over them as I wrote them on that Monday night, all day on Tuesday, most of the night on Tuesday and when I woke on Wednesday morning, I knew that this was for us.  I knew that I could do it and that my kids would fare just fine from my teaching.)

NAMC Homeschool kit  www.montessori-home-schooling.com (even if you choose not to go with this kit, this site has many great resources on it.)

Overview of Montessori Classroom http://cmsindiana.org/node/27

How to Create a Montessori Prepared Environment http://www.sunrisemontessori.com/montessori_in_the_home.htm

Montessori benchmarks  http://montessoriacad.org/CurriculumMatrix.php

Easy one/two word sequence for 3-6 http://www.moteaco.com/36scope.html

Easy one/two word sequence for 6-9 http://www.moteaco.com/69scope.html

Sequence and Order of Language Materials http://www.maitrilearning.com/files/Language_shelves.pdf  (this site also has S&O of Practical Life and Sensorial).

Sequence and order of Math materials http://www.maitrilearning.com/files/Math_shelves.pdf

Great free Montessori downloads, more are listed now than what I found 2 years ago when looking at this site.  http://www.maitrilearning.com/downloads.html

I have one document that doesn't have the website listed at the bottom and no mention of where it came from.  I will scan it and email it in a bit.  It's brief descriptions of the 5 main areas in a Montessori classroom. 

Hope you enjoy reading these as I did.  You will do just fine homeschooling!!!!!!  Just remember that homeschool doesn't have to resemble public school or even a Montessori school.  Let me know if you have any questions!  Audrey


  1. Here are two resources I have up:

    Montessori Nuggets - http://montessorinuggets.blogspot.com

    Montessori Trails - http://montessoritrails.blogspot.com


  2. Thanks for sharing!!!! I'm about to go check them out. Keep sharing friends, I'm sure there are many more great resources out there for all of us as we plan for next year!

  3. Jessica, I've been lost on your blog. I love the way that you write! Great blog!!!!