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 FAQs about my membership website and a behind the scenes peek!

Listen as I answer FAQs (frequently asked questions) and give you a behind the scenes peek at my Montessori membership website!

  1.  001_FAQs_1.mp3 : I chat about my timelines, my online photo galleries, and my monthly themes...
  2.  002_FAQs_2.mp3 : I continue to chat about my monthly themes as well as the YouTube videos I share...
  3.  003_FAQs_3.mp3 : I chat about my private blog and my private podcast...
  4.  004_FAQs_4.mp3: I chat about my resources and the books I've reviewed on my podcast.

If you have more questions, or if I've missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact me via my contact page here!

~Lisa Nolan

Photo by Scott McLeod on Foter.com / CC BY

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Sending Your Child to ELEMENTARY Montessori School During Covid-19? My Thoughts...

 Are you undecided about whether or not to send your 6- to 12-year-old to (or back to) elementary Montessori school? Or have you already decided but are having second thoughts (presuming you have the option to stay or work at home or your significant other is able to stay or work at home). In these podcast episodes (part one and part two) I give you 1) a Montessori perspective through the eyes of an elementary child, 2) an "inside a 6 to 9 classroom view" on how Covid-19 might affect your child's Montessori educational experience, and lastly 3) how to look to your community and beyond for answers.

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~Lisa Nolan

P.S. Feel free to download these episodes (as MP3s) and share them with other moms who might be undecided or having second thoughts.

Photo by Yoshimai on Foter.com / CC BY-SA

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Sending Your Child to Montessori Preschool During Covid-19? My Thoughts...

 Are you undecided about whether or not to send your preschooler or Kindergartener to (or back to) Montessori school? Or have you already decided but are having second thoughts (presuming you have the option to stay or work at home or your significant other is able to stay or work at home). In these podcast episodes (part one and part two) I give you a Montessori perspective through the eyes of a child, as well as an inside classroom view on how Covid-19 will affect your child's Montessori educational experience.

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~Lisa Nolan

P.S. Feel free to download these episodes (as MP3s) and share them with other moms who might be undecided or having second thoughts.

Photo by Beegee49 on Foter.com / CC BY-ND

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In the summer of 2020, I shared my thoughts on how to respond to current events that were so troubling and challenging, especially for children, tweens, and teens, by highlighting peacemakers and advocates, people who themselves lived through very difficult times, and how to teach them using the Montessori methodology and philosophy and curriculum. I will resume these peacemakers and advocates in June/July 2021.

Here they are by month in 2021:

  • June/July Maya Angelou
  • August Jane Goodall
  • September Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • October Black Elk
  • November Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman
  • December Gandhi

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~Lisa Nolan 

Photo on Foter.com

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What's coming up in Winter and 2021!

Beginning in the winter and in 2021, I will:

  • add famous STEM people to my 2021 monthly themes, as well as the important discoveries they made (one per month)
  • resume famous artists and composers
  • resume Montessori curriculum monthly themes
  • review "mailed activities" like science/STEM, literary, and holiday-themed arts and crafts that are sent to you in the mail via a box or envelope (one per 6-8 weeks, names TBA) throughout the winter
  • share one family-oriented Waldorf craft per month (sew, bake, knit, weave) throughout the winter.

Here is the list of important STEM people for my monthly themes beginning in January 2021:

  • The Wright Brothers, American inventors and pioneers of aviation, credited with inventing, building, and flying the first airplane (Jan.).
  • Katherine Johnson, an African-American NASA mathematician who charted the first moon landing and helped send the first Americans to space (Feb.).
  • Ada Lovelace, a female mathematician, considered

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My 116-page PDF ebook Beginning Montessori with Infants and Tots Birth to 24 Months has 50 lessons for infants and tots, including un-toys using upcycled and recycled materials and items from around the house. Some of the lesson activities can be handmade or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers. It also includes my Montessori documents and FAQs for 0 to 24-month-olds, including The Absorbent Mind and Sensitive Periods in a Nutshell; Fine Motor Development (In Infants); How to Modify Toys in the Environment; How to Rotate Activities; and Siblings Working Together. SAMPLE of Beginning Montessori PDF.

Want to buy the stand-alone ebook PDF, instead of becoming a member? Visit my Montessori e-junkie shop by clicking here!

 

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My Montessori in the Home FAQs for Birth to Nine is a 130-page, text-only, printer-friendly ebook (PDF). It addresses the many challenges that parents face when implementing the Montessori Method in a home (or homeschool) environment with children age birth to nine.

The ebook/PDF is divided into several sections: 

  • Infant FAQs
  • Toddler FAQs
  • Should You Montessori Homeschool? Questions and Answers
  • FAQs about Montessori Homeschooling
  • FAQs about Montessori Language, Reading, and Writing
  • FAQs about Montessori Subjects
  • FAQs about Behavior-Related Issues when Trying to Montessori Homeschool
  • The Child and the Montessori Environment
  • Montessori and non-Montessori resources

View the 59-page sample here (the table of contents is static, it is not clickable).

Want to buy the stand-alone ebook PDF, instead of becoming a member? Visit my Montessori e-junkie shop by clicking here!

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I love, love, love to read, review, share passages from, and chat about books for parents and educators ESPECIALLY Montessori, forest and nature school, Waldorf, special needs and developmental delays, child-brain development, and early-to-late literacy! Here is a list of the books I have reviewed, chatted about, and shared passages from, thus far, in 2020:

Imagine Childhood: 25 Projects that Spark Curiosity and Adventure by Sarah Olmsted: "For children, their potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Roadblocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although t

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Read and Write the Montessori Way is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori language, reading, and writing into their home environment with children age two and one-half to five! This 135-page ebook/PDF includes:

  • over 20 lesson activities
  • a 45-page printer-friendly version (text only)
  • books to read

It is organized by age (three to five), easy to use, go at your own pace! Want to view a 19-page sample of my Reading and Writing the Montessori Way ebook PDF? (You can download it and save it to your computer.) Included in this sample are The Sensitive Period for Language; Montessori Language & Outline for Ages Three to Nine; The Classified Picture Cards; Sandpaper Letters or Sounds; and the ​ I Spy Game. (The table of contents in this sample is static, it is not clickable.) SAMPLE of Montessori Language Ebook PDF.pdf

Want to buy the stand-alone ebook PDF, instead of becoming a member? Visit my Montessori e-junkie shop by clicking here!

Above photo credit: ThomasLife via

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My Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry Plus Planner ebook/PDF is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori art, music, and poetry into their home environment with children ages three to six. This 112-page ebook/PDF also includes an organizer and a three-month planner, as well as:

  • simple lesson activities
  • text-only for easy printing
  • resources (like what and where to buy)
  • suggested books to read

Here is a 39-page sample of my Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry ebook PDF for three- to six-year-olds (the table of contents in this sample is static, it is not clickable): SAMPLE of Montessori Art, Music, Poetry Ebook.pdf.

Want to buy the stand-alone ebook PDF, instead of becoming a member? Visit my Montessori e-junkie shop by clicking here!

Above photo credit: ClickFlashPhotos / Nicki Varkevisser via Foter.com / CC BY ​

 

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My Montessori [Planner] Organizer for three- to six-year-olds is designed for moms who are beginning their journey into incorporating Montessori in their home environment! It is over 90 pages long, printer-friendly, black and white text, easy to use, go at your own pace, and created by me, Lisa Nolan, a trained Montessori teacher, and mom! It includes a list of must-haves for two- and three-year-olds, and a “how-to” on giving a Three-Period Lesson. It is ideal for preschool-age children, but can also work for toddlers age 24 months and up (they grow fast)! The Montessori [Planner] Organizer will organize by 1) Montessori subjects, 2) months of the year, 3) seasons, and 4) themes. You will be able to list 1) materials including DIY and printables, affordable, and expensive, 2) list Montessori sellers, 3) list lessons you have given, 3) list YouTube lessons to watch, 4) list rooms in the home environment, 5) list Montessori blogs, books, groups of interest, and much more! Here is a sa

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I shared the following message in a post, a while back, in my Facebook group, and imagine my surprise when members started posting imperfect photos of their Montessori home environments! It soon became one of the most popular threads, so I decided to bring it to my private blog so other moms can see how 'not so perfect Montessori moms' can be [click here to read the FULL post]: 

There are a lot of beautiful photos of Montessori home environments that are shared online, including Pinterest, Facebook, and Montessori blogs, but we don't want moms who DON'T have picture-perfect Montessori in the home to despair! (I, Lisa Nolan, lived in a small apartment until our son was four, and it was far from picture perfect!) What matters is the child's engagement, and your observations of your children--who are just as happy with boxes, rocks, and whatever they can find in mom's purse!

Here are the responses!

M. E.: "I'm currently working the did a bomb just go off in here? look.

A. C. to M. E.: "I

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In this sample blog post, I share tips on how to put a 3-year-old and a tot to work at the same time (AKA young siblings) in a Montessori environment.

Dear Lisa, 

I worked with you a few months ago on Montessori environment for my 2 boys (now 36 months & 19 months old).  We kind of concluded that they were still too young for the room I was trying to set them up for (a very large room divided by open-back shelves & one gate for access in between the "infant" and "toddler" areas of the room). 

Now I've opened up that room so there is no gated access division.  I've added some academic stuff for son#1 (sandpaper numbers, counting materials, etc). But I'm having problems keeping both sons focused on any one thing. They are soooo distracted and consumed by what the other one is doing that neither of them can focus on one thing for 30 seconds.  They also end up fighting over the same items. The absence of concentration is a big problem to me.  What can I do to have each of the

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Here is a photo gallery sample of my Toddler Numbers with Chalkboard lesson. (My private Montessori photo galleries are hosted at SmugMug.) Click on this link to see the gallery! Here is the mobile version if you are on a mobile device, a smartphone, etc.

Age: 2 1/2 and up.
Indirect aim: Providing the child with a key to the written world of numerals.
Direct  aim:  Giving  the  child  symbols  that  correspond  to  the  quantities  that  the child already knows. 

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Here is a photo gallery sample of my Hunting for an Object lesson for tots. (My private Montessori photo galleries are hosted at SmugMug.) Click on this link to see the gallery! Here is the mobile version if you are on a mobile device, a smartphone, etc.

Ideal for: 16- to 19-month-old tots.
Indirect aim: Listening and following directions, large motor movement, and solving problems.
Direct aim: Vocabulary development, recognizing objects, colors, shapes, and numbers.

Photo credit: normanack via Foter.com / CC BY