Homeschool of the Redwoods
Teaching your own child at home is an adventure you'll never forget! Here’s what you need to know about schooling: all children are learning all 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.
Enrollment will RE-OPEN for Spring, 2019.
Sign up for the waitlist below to get notified of the next enrollment period.
Entrance to a private, facilitated learning community (Facebook group)
Weekly Live video coaching sessions with Aubrey, including both lectures and extra time for Q&A's.
Daily discussions and articles posted in the group forum
Global friendly: instant video replays available
Suggested activities for you and your child
Digital resources, including supply lists, book recommendations, essential lessons, and a comprehensive Toolkit for planning and record-keeping
What We Will Study
We will cover the subjects of routines & rhythm, sensorial, music, practical life, art, language, math, geography, science, and cultural studies. This will give you an overview of how to approach each of these topics for preschool-aged children. The ultimate aim of this course is to give you both confidence and enthusiasm as you embark on the homeschooling adventure with your child.
Dates & Times
The Spring session for 2019 is TBD. Sign up for the waitlist to get notified of the next session start dates.
How It Works
When you enroll in the course, you will be directed to join a private Facebook group. To take the course with me, yes, you do need to have some kind of Facebook account because this will be our online classroom and the source of the downloadable resources. It's also where you'll watch the Live videos. On Monday, you'll jump right into group discussions and get centered on the week's topic.
On Wednesday, you'll watch a Live group coaching video. New discussions, optional activities, and motivational quotes will be posted throughout the week. Extra video content and Q&A sessions will be made available as needed to troubleshoot specific questions. Yes, this is a global friendly format: you can ask questions ahead of time and afterwards if you can't make it Live!
Get to Know Me First
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. Career-wise, I have an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a certification from the American Montessori Society for lower elementary. 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does this course begin?
Sign up for the waitlist to get notified of the next start date! The next class will be in the Spring of 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 biggie. This course is designed to work well in any time zone. If you miss the Live videos, you'll be able to watch the replays at your leisure. Throughout the course, you'll check into the group forum to see inspiring quotes and participate in thoughtful discussion questions about the week's topics.
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. Not even kidding. 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. (Surely, you’ve heard?) 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. If you'd like to know more about my love affair with Montessori and my qualifications, you might want to read my bio and my consultation page.
Is Aubrey an experienced homeschooler?
Again, kudos for asking! I've homeschooled my own two children from the beginining. My oldest is now 11. 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!
I've already bought Montessori albums. Is this course for me?
The expensive 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 homeschooling 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 homeschooling your own children alongside some other children you are also caring for, this is a fine place to start.