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Scheduling and Montessori integration

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Our youngest is in a Montessori preschool half day but still naps two hours each day so I'm struggling to see where we can set aside some time for afterschooling. How much time do you dedicate a day to your K-4 and K-5? Do you hit all major subjects each day or alternate?

I'm also interested in resources within the classical sphere but with a slight Montessori bent (Right Start Math comes to mind) so that what we work on at home can be aided by, and in turn aid, what she's learning in school. 

As an aside, has anyone here had experience with transitioning a child (around 1st grade) from Montessori to Classical education? 

One more slightly off topic question, do you do audiobooks AND print of the same stories or keep them seperate. Meaning, if you're listening to, say, Peter Pan will you also keep a print copy to read it aloud?

Thanks in advance!

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I'm a Montessori teacher and I pulled my daughter out of a Montessori school at age 5 to homeschool her. She's now 12 and still homeschooling.

I don't know if my experiences would be helpful to you or not, but I'm happy to try to help if you like.

Our homeschooling style isn't exactly Classical. It's a tad unschooly and rather eclectic, but also quite academically rigorous. And we're not afterschooling. It's full homeschooling.

But having said all that, I'll try to help if I can.

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My first suggestion would be for you to try to clarify for yourself what 'Montessori' means to you. The key ingredients in your interpretation of Montessori-style education can then be integrated into your afterschooling.

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@chocolate-chip chooky For me, Montessori means hands on, sequential, and child-led. I see this being most beneficial in math, which is why I am attracted to the Right Start program. I am flirting with the idea of pulling her out entirely so the afterschooling efforts are a dry run for that and, as such, I'd like to start with resources that I can carry into full time home education, if that's the route we opt for. I'm really interested in your decision to pull your child at 5 years old. Would it be possible to DM you to discuss, assuming of course you're open to it?

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7 minutes ago, ca06c said:

@chocolate-chip chooky For me, Montessori means hands on, sequential, and child-led. I see this being most beneficial in math, which is why I am attracted to the Right Start program. I am flirting with the idea of pulling her out entirely so the afterschooling efforts are a dry run for that and, as such, I'd like to start with resources that I can carry into full time home education, if that's the route we opt for. I'm really interested in your decision to pull your child at 5 years old. Would it be possible to DM you to discuss, assuming of course you're open to it?

Absolutely. Hopefully I can be of help in some way, even if it's just to bounce some ideas around.

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I'll also add that my two older children went right through Montessori until ages 12/13. Homeschooling my youngest is about her unique needs, not about Montessori.

So, I have experience as a parent of children in Montessori schools, as a teacher in a Montessori school, and as a Montessori person who homeschools a child who needed something different. 

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