I frequently get questions about where I get my ideas for homeschooling our two younger children using the Montessori Method. One of the main places is from my Montessori albums created by Karen Tyler. For those in the Montessori homeschool loop, the name is very familiar. Karen has created several really awesome albums (everything from astronomy to zoology!) and she has an online training course. I am almost finished with my online training course–I chose the 12 month fast track option (which isn’t too fast or overwhelming…I liked the pace, and I’m a very busy mom of 3 kids, a grad student, and a homeschooler. LOL!)
I found her course and albums to be a wonderful thing for someone like me…someone who didn’t go to school to be a Montessori teacher, but really really wanted to learn the Montessori methodology. It won’t make you fully prepared to teach a class by yourself, but her course has given me nearly everything I need to use Montessori in a homeschool setting from ages 2-6. (I really hope she comes up with a course for 6-9 year olds once Monkey gets to that age!!). Included in the cost of the course was every album: practical life, sensorial, math, language, astronomy, physical science, ecology, geography, zoology, and botany. That right there made it a tremendous deal! But in addition, I also received weekly lectures, pictures of how work should be done, a ton of 3 part cards, tracking forms, and tons of help when I had questions! I really wouldn’t have even known where to begin if it weren’t for this course. (And Karen really understands homeschoolers…she also knows we don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to fully equip our homeschool rooms–a lot of the work is easily adapted to the home setting and can be made by hand!)
I strongly encourage anyone who wants to know more about Montessori to sign up for Karen’s course…you can take the regular track (24 months) or the Fast Track (which is 12 months long and includes all of the information in the regular track). Here is some information from Karen’s introduction to the course:
The beauty of this Pre-Primary course (2-6 years old) is that you can access the information from a yahoo group site any time during the day or night to download the presentations/lessons to add to your manual/album. You don’t need special software in order to participate. There isn’t a time limit or assignments that are due so there isn’t any pressure.
The entire course runs for 24 months and covers 12 albums.* you do not commit to taking the full 24
months. You may take 1 month or all 24 months or anything in between! I cover the 4 major subject areas
(Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics) within the first 8 months.
I do have an option called FAST TRACK. This is the same as the 24 month course only it is
completed within 12 months.
Once a week I add pages to the album we are currently working on. We begin with Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Physical Science, Ecology, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Geography, History and Astronomy.
All of the albums are written for the 2-6 year old age group and are included in the course. The albums are complete with step by step presentations. For example, the Practical Life Album has 346 pages of lessons and dozens of pictures you can copy in our on-line photo album! Each album comes with its own set of Student Tracking Forms which make it easy for you to chart the progress of each child. Along with this email, I am attaching a Syllabus, Table of Contents from many of the Albums, and a free section from the Botany Album and Zoology Album (includes a free set of nomenclature cards).
During this course, I address what it means to follow in the footsteps of Maria Montessori. I guide each of you as you discover and continue to grow into this “peaceful” way of living. We will be studying topics such as:
Historical Introduction to Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method – Book Study (free e-book used on-line)
The Absorbent Mind
Development of Imagination and Creativity
Development of the Intelligence and Will
Differences between Traditional and Montessori Schools
Freedom, Natural Laws, Order
Natural and Logical Consequences
Physical Growth of a Child
Power to Obey
Responsibility and Self Discipline
Below is a little more detail on the cost for the course:
If you paid for the entire course at $10 per month for 24 months it would come to a total of $240.
If you choose to pay for the entire course at $30 for each of the 4 month terms, it would come to a total of $180.
If you choose to pay for the entire course on December 1st, the total comes to $150.00.
If you are taking the FAST TRACK course (same course only completed in 12 months), then you pay $20 per month – or – $60 for each of the 4 month terms with a total of $180 – or – $150 if paid for in full by December 1st.
If you want more information, email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org (and tell her I sent you!)
And now that you’ve made it through my entire post….GIVEAWAY time!!! I am thrilled to announce that Karen Tyler has generously donated a free “seat” in her FAST TRACK online class PLUS a complete set of albums to one of my readers! What an awesome deal!!
Here’s how to enter (PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL ENTRIES HAVE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS CONNECTED TO IT!!):
1st entry: Comment here and tell me why you want to learn more about Montessori
2nd entry: Subscribe to my blog and then comment and let me know you’ve done so
3rd entry: Blog about this giveaway, and then comment here with the link to your post (I love finding new blogs to follow!) If your blog is private, just say you blogged about it in a private blog.
This contest is NOT limited to United States residents. Karen has students from all over the world! (The albums are in English though, so a working knowledge of the English language would be helpful. 🙂 )
The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Winner will be drawn randomly from random.org and I will notify the winner via email on November 14, 2010.
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