Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Montessori # 2 Pictures!

          I am not a Montessori teacher nor do I play one on TV, but I really enjoy integrating Montessori ideas into my homeschool.  I wanted to  share a few pictures with you of our Montessori area in my "garage room" as my kids like to call it. (The garage room is our garage that has been converted into a room since our 12 passenger van would not fit into our garage.)  I bought the big shelves at IKEA and the smaller ones are Closet-maid shelves  from Target.   I try to switch the activities around weekly.   Some weeks go better than others.  I try to do actual Montessori activities and some other activities that practice skills or ideas we are working on.  The kids set out their mats and work on them.  All parts to the activity must be kept on the mat, and you may not walk on anyone's mat.   

This side if my long shelf pictures below has Language Arts and Social Studies activities.  I have a short vowel exercise from Montessori for Everyone; I have sight words with alphabet letters underneath.;  A snow craft where you rip white paper and make snow flakes; a vintage Geo Safari with a Holiday card; a Handwriting without Tears writing board and letters; a xylophone you assemble and play (thrift store)

Picture of entire shelf.  



These are usually transfer activities.  Starting at the top left and going across- transfer corn with small scoop. (found souffle cups and scooper used) ; Plastic soap holder and beads with tongs to put in the circles; Middle: Bean transfer with vase and pitcher; Bottom: Mats(small rugs bought at IKEA) clothes pins put on bowl (from My Montessori Journey)
Hopefully this gives you an idea of what our area looks like.  This is not our entire curriculum for the little ones, but it is a big part of it.  It has been a good fit for our family.  
Becky

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Montessori homeschool #1

My journey through Montessori began a few years ago.  I visited a Montessori school with a friend of mine.  I was fascinated by the equipment and the ideas behind Montessori.  I had taught full time, but had never learned of Marie Montessori or her methods.

Montessori fits so well into homeschooling.  Whether you set up an area of your home with Montessori  activities, include your children in chores, have them cook with you, or use the 3 card system of learning your kids will benefit.  Children become competent independent  people when participating in Montessori.  It is worth looking into.  Below are some of my favorite Montessori resources and hopefully they are a place to start.

My father found the book Teaching Montessori in the Home the Preschool Years at a used book sale.  I kept it on my shelf for many years before reading it and realizing what a gem it was.  She talks about how you can use Montessori principles with your children at home.  A great book to start with.

My Montessori Journey is a fabulous blog. She lists all of her activities she has in her classroom for the week on her blog.  Many times I will use her activities with my kids.  She gives you downloads and many fabulous pictures.  Worth subscribing too.  A favorite of mine. 

Montessori for Everyone is another great site/blog.  Their company makes downloadable materials to use in your homeschool.  Many are for sale, and their are always lots of freebies.  This a family run business and they are incredibly attentive to their customers.  I have the Elementary CD. I have really enjoyed it, and we use it in our homeschool.

Allison's Montessori is a supplier of Montessori supplies.  It is fun to look around and get ideas.  Montessori Services has a home and school side to their business.   I love their catalog!!  I would highly recommend getting it to look through for ideas. I began to realize that having my children help me in the kitchen, and teaching them chores was all part of Montessori.  I realized I had underestimated their abilities and not realized the great potential  they had.  Montessori changed my view.  I would encourage you to read about it just to be informed.  My grandmother use to talk about the importance of being informed on topics. 

Hopefully this will get you started.  My next post will show our Montessori area and some of our activities.
Stay warm!
Becky

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The winner is. . .

Lisa and I just drew for the 2 winners of the Ohio Narrative Economy Assessment.($30 value)   The winners are sherrylfegan and SisterTipster!  Congratulations! Please email us at ohiohomeschool@gmail.com to claim your prize. 
We want to thank everyone who participated in our contest.  We were so excited about  the positive responses to our blog and the contest.  Thank you for taking the time to become a follower and enter our give-away! 
Please stay tuned as we will have more contests, more helpful homeschooling tips, and of course--Assessments. 
Thank you!
Becky Boerner and Lisa McAfee

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Last Chance for Free Narrative Assessment Give-away!!!



This contest has ended.  

We are so  excited to announce that we are going to give away two FREE   Assessments(valued at $30.00 each)  on January 18th.    These assessments are the Economy Assessments that we do for Ohio homeschoolers to fulfill requirement 3301-34-04 Academic Assessment Report Option #2.      You may redeem your prize anytime between March 1, 2011  and August 31, 2011. 

You may enter the contest by doing any of the  following

1.  Become a follower or let us know you are one and leave a comment below. 

2. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter and let us know in a comment. 

3. Post about this contest on a home school email loop or yahoo group and leave us comment.

4. Email details about  our contest to 3 other home school families and leave us a comment that you did. 

5. Blog about our contest and let us know in a comment. 

Please leave a separate comment for each of the above items that you complete.  You may have up to  5 entries.   We will choose 2 comments  randomly to determine the winners.  

We are so excited about this contest, and hope it helps 2 families out.  
Let the contest begin!
 PS  How to become a follower.
To become a follower--Under "Thank you for following our blog"   on the right hand side is a button that says  FOLLOW.  Click on that button and follow the steps to set up a Google account.  If you already have a Google account then use that one.  It will lead you through the steps.  Then come back and click on the word  COMMENT under this post.  A new window will open.  Scroll down to the end and write "I am following" in the box.  Follow the directions to post.  If you have have trouble please email us at ohiohomeschool@gmail.com for help. 

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Year and Tapp Core

Christmas is over and the last bit of tinsel is off the floor or went into hiding under my  carpet.  I always love January as the world seems to slow down and I can take a deep breath. .  It is also the time of year that I realize my kids really need some exercise and running around outside is not a possibility for the month of January in Ohio. 
But, we have found a solution at my my house -- T-Tapp.  It really has been life changing for us.  Teresa Tapp has several adult workouts that you can do in your home in a very small space with no equipment.  I am all about it.   But, even more exciting for our kids  is that she has a very inexpensive workout called Tapp Core .    Tapp Core has several different exercises that kids can do.   My kids love to follow along with Teresa and her dog.  She also gives away free Tapp Core DVD's on her web site every 10 days.  Worth checking out.

Here's to a healthy and fit 2011.  Happy New Year!

PS Lisa and I are going to be giving away a free assessment in the next week so stay tuned.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I am  so  excited to announce that I am  going to give away two FREE   Assessments (valued at $30.00 each)  on January 11th, 2012.    These assessments are the Portfolio Assessments that I complete  for Ohio homeschoolers to fulfill requirement 3301-34-04 Academic Assessment Report Option #2 at the end of their academic year. (the one you send to your school district)  You may redeem your prize anytime between March 1, 2012  and August 31, 201

You may enter the contest by becoming  a public follower or letting me  know you are a follower.  Leave a comment below so I can count your entry.  


Others ways to enter after you have become a follower:

1. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter and let me know in a comment. 

2. Post about this contest on a home school email loop or yahoo group and leave me a comment.

3.  Blog about the contest and let me  know in a comment.  

4.  Become an email subscriber to this blog and leave me a comment to let me know.  

Please leave a separate comment for each of the above items that you complete.  You may have up to  5 entries.   I will choose 2 comments  randomly to determine the winners.  

I am  so excited about this contest, and hope it helps 2 families out. 
All the best,
Becky
  PS  How to become a follower.
To become a follower--Under "Thank you for following!"   on the right hand side is a button that says  FOLLOW.  Click on that button and follow the steps to set up a Google account.  If you already have a Google account then use that one.  It will lead you through the steps.  Then come back and click on the word  COMMENT under this post.  A new window will open.  Scroll down to the end and write "I am following" in the box.  Follow the directions to post.  If you have have trouble please email me at ohiohomeschool@gmail.com for help