You Can Teach Your Child
Here’s what you need to know about schooling: children are learning all of the time.
They never, ever stop. From the time your child wakes up in the morning and starts the morning routine to the very last second before those little eyes flutter closed for the night, your child is receiving an education.
“School” doesn’t just happen “at school”. For young children, learning happens during life.
This means that whether your child is at home with you full time or only part time, the time is just as valuable, just as essential, just as educational as any other.
As parents, we are perfectly equipped at home to provide the activities and games that spark a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Don’t let it intimidate you!
To satisfy your child’s insatiable desire to explore the world, you just need a curriculum that is developmentally aligned and a good set of playful lesson techniques that foster independence, concentration, and joy.
In this online course for parents of preschoolers (ages 2.5-6), you’ll learn the best techniques for teaching, the scope and sequence for homeschooling with a Montessori mindset, and how to embrace the challenges and silly moments with the little people you love the best.
The ultimate aim of this program is to give you both confidence and enthusiasm as you embark on the homeschooling adventure with your child.
Here’s How to Join
ENROLLMENT HAS ENDED FOR the Spring 2019 session.
This Is You
You have (or will have) a 2-6 year old at home
You’re looking for curriculum/activities
You’re ready to have a plan of action
What You’ll Do
As soon as you enroll in the course, you will be emailed a printable Monster List of Montessori Activities (your Toolkit containing the full scope and sequence).
Next, you’ll access the course content with Video Lessons, Supply Lists, and your Learning Journals.
You will then be invited to join a private Facebook group. To participate in the motivational Community discussions (and this is totally your call), you do need to have some kind of Facebook account. Many parents say that the group helps to add a welcome accountability factor, as well as some lively, lighthearted fun! It is optional but highly recommended.
Finally, you will be invited to attend 6 Live group Coaching sessions. I will be scheduling these in advance and notifying you well ahead of time. These will be hosted through a separate live video streaming service direct from me to you.
Yes, this class is global friendly. Many of you live in a time zone where you may not be able to make it Live. You can still participate. The recordings will be available afterwards and you can absolutely ask me to cover certain topics ahead of time.
And This is the Program
Unit 1: Routine & Rhythm
As we begin our adventure together, we will spend a bit of time settling into our new community setting. We will compare and contrast homeschooling to a classroom setting, try out some techniques for observing and documenting, and then get centered on a daily routine and rhythm that works for our own, unique families.
Unit 2: Sensorial & Music
Children are born with extraordinary sensitive eyes, ears, hands, and mouths, just waiting to explore the world! In this section, we’ll talk about each of the five senses and how to best engage them for cognitive development.
Unit 3: Practical Life & Art
It’s all about the practical! Everyday activities, such as watering a plant, pouring water, and preparing dinner can be enormous avenues for the development of fine motor skills, care of the self and the environment, and social awareness.
Unit 4: Language
Put on your “listening ears” because in this unit we’re going to get at the heart of how children learn to read and write! Hint: the ears lead the way, and the hands continue the process! (This is a 2-week study.)
Unit 5: Math
1-2! 3-4-5! 6 little bees in a big beehive! Counting numbers out loud is just the beginning. Just wait until we talk about how fun it is to add giant numbers like 9,357 + 3,819! (This is another 2 week study.)
Unit 6: Geography & Science / Cultural Studies
The whole world will open up to your child when you introduce the subjects of geography, geography, zoology, and botany. We’ll talk about how these subjects are integrated with all the other areas to form the heart and soul of your homeschooling curriculum.
Continued Community Support
Course discussions will remain available in the group for you to review as needed. As we conclude our 8th week together, all members will be invited to pose questions to the community, share resources, and chat freely. The group itself will stay open as long as the commmunity is active and engaged.
(This is your little homeschool club!)
ENROLLMENT HAS CLOSED.
Get to Know Me as a Teacher
Hi! If we haven’t met yet, I'm Aubrey, and I've been teaching my own children at home using Montessori philosophy for the past 11 years. I have two elementary-age boys that I am still homeschooling. We live in San Francisco, California, and I absolutely love it here.
When you learn to see child-led learning as a way of life, you see educational opportunities out in the world everywhere you go!
I take a low-key, flexible, nature-centric approach.
If you want a high-pressure homeschool program for your child focused purely on academic achievement, working with me won’t get you there!
Children under the age of 6 need a strong rhythm, but they also need lots of unstructured time because at this age, play is the way they learn, and for young children, all learning is naturally fun!
I am a full advocate of Montessori and other progressive methods of education. I always have been. I have an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a certification from the American Montessori Society for lower elementary as well as experience in the Montessori toddler classroom. I taught in public schools for many years before choosing to stay at home with my own children.
Believe me - an educational background gives you a lot of knowledge of child development and pedagogy, but it doesn't necessarily help you know how to teach your own children!
The fields are similar but also very different. In this course I explain why and how. And I'll give you tips and tricks I've learned along my journey from other homeschooling parents.
You don't need your home to look like a classroom or even to purchase the expensive materials you may have seen online in order to provide a Montessori education for your children.
You are your child's first and most influential teacher, and I promise you -- you can do this!
This is the course that I wish had been available to me when I had preschool-aged children. I'm going to be on your side the whole time, cheering you on, as you walk toward a successful approach to educating your child at home.
Is this course for you? Here's what participants have to say...
When does this course begin?
March 18, 2019
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.
So for the first time ever, I am offering a risk-free investment. Try the class out for two weeks! If at that point you do not feel that it’s valuable to you, I will give you a full refund.
Do you offer lifetime access?
I cannot promise to maintain this same exact course on my website for “as long as we both shall live”.
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. But by the end of the summer, you should have what you needed from the class.
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 beginining. My oldest is now 11 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 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.