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?
This course is designed to work well in any time zone. You will be able to ask all of your questions ahead of time. I will do everything in my power technologically to get you the full video recording ASAP.
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 the first 7 days. This should give you enough time to see the value and get to know me. If you are unsatisfied 7 days after the start day, simply email me.
How long can I access the course?
You will have unlimited access to all course materials.
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 don't want this to be that thing you paid for and procrastinated on for years. Let's do it together.
How long does it take to complete the coursework?
I designed the course as a robust 8-week experience covering six critical topics, so, ideally, you should expect to spend about five hours a week. However, I also designed it with busy parents in mind, which is why I provide unlimited access to the course materials, including recordings of the live coaching.
How often do you offer the course? Should I wait?
I offer the course twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. If you miss enrollment or want to wait until a later session, you can sign up for the course waitlist on the Child of the Redwoods website.
As for whether to wait or not, only you know when you have the time and readiness. Because the course isn’t a “do along with your child” experience, it’s not critical that you already have an active homeschooler between 2.5 and 6 years old. Rather, I created the course to help parents understand and prepare a Montessori homeschool environment. If you feel ready and able to start that journey, I welcome you!
If you do join, you will find parents in the course with children aged anywhere from newborn through 6, some of whom already homeschool and some who don’t, and who bring a wide array of experience levels with Montessori. All are welcome.
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 I do not have specific recommendations for you.
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.
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?
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.