Montessori MOMents

A very heartfelt, true-to-life account of my triumphs and struggles as a homeschooler and Montessori adventurist. I share what activities worked and what didn't work with my Kindergartener and Pre-Schooler...and how I maintain my sanity. :)

What do you think are the greatest advantages of homeschooling?

What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling her child?

What's one homeschooling challenge you've faced, and what solutions did you find?

What's a good way to motivate and support children who are struggling to learn a certain school subject?

Lori Guerrero

Patience is key to supporting children who are struggling with a certain school subject. It's easy to expect instant gratification, but sometimes it takes a long time and a lot of practice to master a skill. It's also important not to get frustrated in our ability to teach, because a child can feel the frustration from his parents/teacher, which only makes it worse. Instead, I always try to give the subject a break for awhile and then present the material in a new and fun way. Whether it's using fun terminology (like saying a number is jumping or that two numbers are dancing together), inventing a game, finding a hands-on activity, or combining it with a subject the child really enjoys. Sometimes when we start fresh and demonstrate the work in a new way, it clicks in the child’s mind and leads to a sensitive period. It also doesn’t hurt to add an element of fun!
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