Unit 1: Rhythm & Routine
Welcome to our first unit, Rhythm & Routine! If there were one skill above all others that I wish for you to truly incorporate into your mindset as a homeschooler, it would be the art of observation. This is where Maria Montessori herself began, as a scientist and an educator.
Your Learning Journal is both your guide to this week’s topic and a place for your reflections.
These handouts are for you to choose from and experiment with. You do not need to complete all of them. Rather, play with them, try out a few, and see what appeals most to you right now. Try one of them this week for your observing and documenting (or just use a sheet of notebook paper).
Lesson: What does it mean to be educated?
Lesson: A Planet Without Schools
Lesson: The Work Cycle
Lesson: Defining Rhythm & Routine
Lesson: Transitional Songs
Here are some articles to inspire you to take your learning deeper. These articles are optional but complement the course material. If you are participating in our community discussions, you may be asked to reflect upon one or more of them.
1. Read about Kate's general family rhythm. Notice how her rhythm and her routine match and complement each other.
2. Anastasia uses the three hour work cycle in her home. Do you feel that this would work for your family? Or would it feel too restrictive?
3. Read this article on the Montessori Work Cycle. But then don’t get overwhelmed! We will hash this topic out and apply it to our lives as homeschoolers.
4. Here's a passionate plea written by Sara of the blog Happiness is Here on behalf of child's play and why we should both respect it and *insist* upon it in childhood.
When you consider your routine, I want you to think about all of your child's activities in terms of valuing the fun.
5. Read this blog post by Montessori Northwest. At the end of the post, click on the link that says “Click here to read what she said them.”
Now read Dr. Montessori’s words about Observation. Come back and tell us - what does she say all “great observers” have in common?
Is it something that you have an abundance of as a parent at home?
If not, what is preventing it?
6. Visual schedules can help you and your child find a good family rhythm & routine.
Here’s an example from my friend Amy’s IG: Look at it here.
And here’s another from Simplicity Parenting: Look at it here.
7. In the transitional song video I mention the “Follow” song, which is worth taking the time to learn if you are as drawn to the melody as I am. Look at the music notation here. Read the lyrics and listen to it here.
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