Hello! My name is Sara White. Over the last few months I have been working hard to create an authentic home-based Montessori program. I completed the internship required for my Montessori credential in May of 2012. I was planning to use my training to home school my son. However, a friend of mine suggested that I share my knowledge of Montessori education with others in the community. She encouraged me to work towards opening my own home-based program and now it has come to fruition!
While I have been creating my curriculum for the upcoming school year I have found a number of wonderful blogs from both Montessori home schooling moms and Montessori educators. They all have been so gracious to share their brilliantly creative ideas and so I have been inspired to begin sharing some of my own ideas and lessons.
Since this is my first blog entry, I will start by sharing one of the math lessons I created during my Montessori training. The purpose of the lesson is to work on one-to-one correspondence with numbers 1 through 10.
I bought a pirate ship bird feeder from Micheal’s Craft Store and painted it. Micheal’s also happened to have some prepainted wooden treasure chests and I affixed numbers 1 through 10 on them using some small number stickers that are usually used for mailboxes and such. I then purchased some plastic “gold” coins from Oriental Trading Company to be used as counters, although I was thinking some “jewels” or “pearls” would be nice too. OTC was also selling some paper treasure map placemats and I had one laminated and used it to line the bottom of the lesson tray.