I purchased The Keys of the World Montessori albums to help me better understand and implement the Montessori method with my children. They’re wonderful albums and I’m learning so much. I’d just like to share with you a quote from the Theory Album
The most distinct difference between Montessori and other methods is in the nature of the materials: Montessori materials are not didactic (teaching tools), but self-teaching tools. These materials are not for the teacher to teach, but for the children to discover and learn on his own. The children teach themselves – these materials are developmental materials.
This is really the key of Montessori – the child guides their own learning. It’s also the hardest part; to step back and allow the child to do and learn without interfering. It’s even more difficult in a home setting.
If you’re interesting in The Keys of the World albums you can purchase them here.
So, Pumpkin 1 is 2 and half now and I’ve been feeling that I need to get more serious about homeschooling for the fall. Therefore I’ve been reading and reading. There is still so much about Montessori I don’t know, especially when it comes to the pedagogy. I’ve ordered these two books to better understand the theory behind Montessori.
I’ve also decided that I needed a curriculum. Something to be a guide on what materials to present when, how to present them, extensions for them and the progression between them. I looked at several different Montessori curriculum. One was NAMC. It also offers an online training course and is accepted by most Montessori schools. However, the materials alone are way out of my price range. Next I looked at KHT. It’s a year long course and many people have given it good reviews. However, at this point in my life, I just don’t have the time to do a course. I’d hate to start and have to drop out. It is something I’m considering down the road. However, KHT is very affordable. The third option I looked at was Keys of the World (their page is currently under construction). It was the most affordable. Also Keys is AMI which is the traditional Montessori (as opposed to AMS which has been adapted to modern times). I decided to go with Keys and downloaded the Curriculum from here. I printed two books of the curriculum off but as my printer was acting up (when printing front to back, it just takes one skipped page to throw everything off) and I needed to get it bound at Staples anyway, I had the rest printed off there and everything spiral bound. Printing is 10 cents per page and binding was about $5 per book (with a plastic cover and back). So it’d cost around $60 to print and bind everything there. Probably the same as printing it off at home when you consider ink and paper.
So now I’m reading through the theory book of Keys of the World and it’s fascinating. The more I read the more I agree with Montessori and find it makes sense. I wish I had done Montessori from the start with Pumpkin 1 and 2. I think understanding Montessori theory is important in implementing it. Without the understanding you risk missing sensitive periods, the importance of self discovery, of choice, repetition, of each material, of not rushing children and it’s so easy to make small mistakes that actually make a big difference. So it’s lots and lots of reading ahead of me. I’m holding back on doing Montessori materials as much until I understand the theory better and get a plan in order for the fall. I’m so glad I’ve discovered the Montessori Method. I think it is the Key of the World.