Feel overwhelmed and wondering if your future with Montessori is on the rocks?
Hope4ME will help you get your Montessori Materials in place one piece at a time....
Well, I have been inspired by some of my favorite homeschool and Montessori Facebook groups and yesterday I clicked the little button on Facebook that said "Create Group." So now I am committed - or should I *be* committed for adding one more social media link to my life?
In spite of all the wonderful things happening on the Montessori Facebook groups I am still seeing a void in the Montessori world. My passion is for the materials of Montessori. It all started back in the early 2000's when I belonged to the Yahoo groups playschool6 where Mary helped us explore the methods of Montessori as homeschoolers and MontessoriMaterialMakers where Daisy guided us in weekly materials topics and we all brainstormed how to make materials for ourselves. The Neinhuis catalog was our Montessori "bible." There were no Montessori blogs back then, very few online stores, and rarely any other online support or resources. So I guess you might say we were Montessori homeschooling pioneers.
I had all 8 of my children by that time, the oldest was 18 years old and my youngest four were all under five years of age. We were led to Montessori Education out of a desire for more order in our daily lives and for a greater independence for our children. It all started the year I was homeschooling two in high school, one in 2nd grade and one in Kindergarten. A few months into the school year, all of a sudden, I had a 3-year-old who reading, a 4-year-old who was determined to keep up with his younger sister, and a 20 month old who insisted that he could do everything that everyone else could do (and he was usually right). After having started our homeschool year teaching four children - I instantly had to accommodate seven (and a nursing baby too)!
Out of desperation I asked a former Montessori teacher to mentor me, and to help me get organized the Montessori way. We started by working to categorize and organize the toys and the learning materials, and then she offered to show me a few basic presentations like the Snake Game and the Bank Game. I was hooked, and then started reading everything I could find on Montessori education. I somehow along the way discovered playschool6 (founded by Mary in June 2001) and then Daisy broke off (April 2002) with MontessoriMaterialMakers and I branched off with Livable Learning with discussions based on the moral and spiritual preparation of the teacher (October 2003) and then I moved on again with Catholic Learning Materials (January 2004) where we discussed the application of Montessori to the Faith - called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
My son Joseph was the first in our family to venture out into social media with Facebook and his own YouTube channel (he's a pretty awesome one-handed gamer). Eventually my son convinced me to join Facebook in June of 2010 but it took me about a year to figure it out. By December 2011 this Teaching from a Tackle Box blog was launched and then there was all the other social media to follow. Facebook groups are fairly new to me but I absolutely love the platform and it finally seems to be the perfect fit for what I have been wanting to do for several years.
Hope4ME is my acronym for Helping Others Prepare Environment for Montessori Education and up until this time Hope4ME was my website's page for Montessori printables. Through this new group I will offer Guided Montessori Materials Making featuring the plans for my Teaching from a Tackle Box collections. I will be offering plans, printables links to supplies and resources, and assignments for the basic materials needed to start preparing your home environment for Montessori education. One of the perks of joining this group is that I will provide all of my printables for the assigned projects free of charge to the members of the new Hope4ME Facebook group.