What are the weekly topics covered in the course?
We will be discussing daily routines in the first week, but after that, we will cover the main areas of study in the Montessori method, including sensorial, practical life, language, math, and cultural (geography, zoology, botany, music, and art).
What if I can't attend the Live Videos?
No problem. This course is designed to work well in any time zone. If you miss the Live videos, you'll be able to watch the recordings at your leisure.
What is your refund policy?
Because of the consistent and overwhelmingly positive feedback I have received in all prior sessions, I have absolutely no doubt that this course will be a game-changer for you and that you will find value immediately upon purchasing.
I am offering a risk-free investment. Try the class out for 2 weeks. If after that time you still desire a refund, contact me with proof of your participation and your coursework and I will refund your money.
Do you offer lifetime access?
You will be able to download/save all of the content and continue to access the group discussion group indefinitely.
However — I want you instead to think of this as not a product you buy online but more like a college-style class you will attend. I will be fully present for 8 weeks. I want you to download, print, take notes, and study with me.
I know life interferes sometimes (littles get sick, family members visit, we go on vacations...), so I can promise several months afterwards as a time flexibility to rewatch the recordings and get your journals/lists downloaded/saved. But by December 31, you should have what you needed from the website.
I don't want this to be that thing you paid for and procrastinated on for years. Let's do it together.
Now the community itself? It's not going away. You can choose to stay in it with the group support, discussions, and collective resources as long as it’s useful to our members.
Is Aubrey a certified Montessori teacher?
You bet I am, and good for you for asking! Finding the right Montessori mentor these days online can be a bit of a challenge. Let’s talk credentials. I am Montessori certified, but not formally in 3-6.
I have classroom teaching certifications for both 0-3 (NAMC) and 6-9 (AMS), but I've been studying the 3-6 curriculum since I was a little kid! Seriously. I grew up in Montessori schools, my mother was a Montessori primary guide for 30+ years, and it’s just in my blood. It’s what I do. :)
I didn’t want to go get certified in 3-6 like my mom, though. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but teenagers can be a little stubborn. I wanted to go bring Montessori to my local public school system - to oppose the mountain of standardized testing.
I pursued and obtained a B.S. in Elementary Education and then an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, and I taught in public schools for several years. I’m technically traditionally certified in PreK-8 (big range, I know!). I spent most of those years with Kindergarteners using Montessori philosophy in a traditional setting.
But I'll tell you this out of sheer honesty: none of these certifications or classroom teaching experiences made me a better homeschooler.
>>> Mentoring by other homeschoolers is what taught me to effectively homeschool.<<<
Is Aubrey an experienced homeschooler?
Again, kudos for asking! I've homeschooled my own two children from the beginning. My oldest is now 12 years old. I'm not going to tell you I have all the answers, because every child is different, but I am happy to share my own journey and give tips and tricks of the trade.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that children have the natural instinct and desire to learn. I believe that as adults, it's our responsibility to learn about how children develop and grow so that we can best support them. I believe in gentle discipline. I do not advocate for rewards or punishments.
I believe that parents who are homeschoolers must see themselves as learning partners, not "schoolwork enforcers". I believe that given a significant amount of unstructured time to play outside and a prepared environment indoors that offers lots of opportunities for independence, children will embrace learning with joy for life.
Does this course include Montessori albums?
No. But first, let me tell you why. Montessori albums / manuals were designed to be used by classroom teachers with information specific for setting up a classroom environment. The entire 3-6 curriculum materials are displayed on all of the shelves all of the time, and the teacher perfects the art of giving specific lessons on these materials.
Most Montessori albums are simply collections of the student teacher's notes from their certification program. Sometimes these notes are sold to teachers who have completed certification programs. You can buy them online, too, but there are none specifically that I recommend.
I find that homeschoolers can easily get too caught up in the details of lessons and miss tuning into their instincts. I’d so much rather you just play with your child in a natural way rather than trying to follow a scripted lesson plan. I do not believe that this approach is helpful to most homeschoolers who do not need all of the materials in a contained classroom.
Guess what YOU need? An "album" for YOUR needs. Let's create it together! You’ll get a lot of downloadable materials in this class to help you get on your way.
I've already bought Montessori albums. Is this course for me?
The albums you see online can give you information about the Montessori method, but they will not tell you how to apply these lessons in the home. If you do own a set of albums, they will likely be a valuable resource for you - just as valuable as a well-written book or collection of activities to do with children.
In fact, in this course, I'll be encouraging you to invest in many resources to have at your disposal, most of which can be obtained for free at your public library or for cheap at a used bookstore or online.
So if this course isn't about albums, what is it about?
We're going to be talking about what teaching your child at home looks like in real life. While you won't receive "albums", you'll receive plenty of clear and concise instructions on what and how to teach preschoolers and kindergarteners and how to capitalize on teachable moments.
We'll be going through the scope & sequence of all of those classic Montessori lessons for the 3-6 age group (yes, the ones you see in albums!), and we'll talk about what to invest in, what to DIY, and what to skip.
Is this Montessori training for classroom teachers?
No, this is only for parents who are actually wanting to homeschool or who intend to do so in the next year - whether in your own home with your children or in a small co-op setting with other homeschooling families.
This is not a professional development course for daycare providers, prospective classroom teachers, or teaching assistants.
If you are teaching your own children alongside some other children you are also caring for, this is a fine place to start.