Homeschooling your child is an adventure you'll never forget! Parents choose to homeschool for many different reasons, and whether it's primarily a financial decision or because you've always wanted to give it a try, it helps to have a plan and a community to join you in the journey.
In this guided course for parents of children aged 2.5-6, I will be talking about how children learn about the world, 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!
- Entrance to a private, facilitated learning community (Facebook group)
- Live Instructional video coaching sessions with Aubrey
- Live Q&A video coaching sessions with Aubrey
- Daily discussions and articles posted in the group forum
- Global friendly: video replays available for 4 months
- Suggested activities for you and your child
- Email reminders to help you keep up your momentum
- 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 next session of this class will take place in August of 2018. Sign up below to receive a notification of when enrollment opens for the next session.
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 (12 total!). On Monday, you'll jump right into group discussions and get centered on the week's topic. On Tuesday, you'll watch a Live instructional video. New discussions, optional activities, and motivational quotes will be posted throughout the week, and on Friday, there will be a Live video solely devoted to a Q&A (Aubrey's "Office Hours"). Yes, this is a global friendly format: you can ask questions ahead of time and afterwards if you can't make it Live!
Aubrey Hargis, M.Ed. is the founder and executive director of The Child Development Institute of the Redwoods. Through CDIR, she offers coaching and consultations to parents and teachers who are looking for gentle parenting techniques and effective teaching strategies. As an educator and child development researcher, she has taught children aged from toddlers through elementary school in both the public and private school sector and holds both an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an American Montessori Society certificate in Lower Elementary. She is currently homeschooling her own two children. The coastal cliffs and the redwood trails in the San Francisco Bay area beckon her almost every weekend for another family adventure.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does this course begin?
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 Montessori certified teacher?
Good for you for asking! Finding the right Montessori mentor these days online can be a bit of a challenge. Actually, 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 was also a public school teacher, certified 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 10. 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. 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.