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Stephanie of Discovery Days and Montessori Moments
Well being a homeschooled child I turned to the resource that answered any question I ever had about something….the library! Within days, I had gotten out every book from library system I could get my hands on about Montessori education. Looking though the pile the book that attracted me the most was, “How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way” by Tim Seldin. I read it in about a day. I was hooked! This was it! Then I read Elizabeth Hainstock ,and another one. Next I hit the internet looking for a curriculum (I was still so new to this that I thought I would find one). The thing that I found was a program by New Child Montessori that had seasonal teaching guides. I bought them, placed my first substantial Montessori Material order, and started in October! Sure it was pricey, but I knew that I was going to have to buy stuff sooner or later, and my husband had gotten some extra money from a job (he’s a contractor) that he was able to give me! Yes in less then a month I found what I wanted and started off right away!
The day I discovered blogs, was probably one the most life changing part of my journey. It made me realize that there are tons of moms out there who were trying to do the same things I was. They also had ideas, resources, and support! They could help me answer questions, they could help me see that I didn’t need a curriculum once I knew how Montessori materials were presented, and they were fun to read! It was by reading blogs that I dug into my first book written by Maria Montessori ( The Secret of Childhood). So, in January of 2011 I started my own blog as a way to remember and record the work I did with my kids. It has turned into something so much more. I help people, they help me, it is a support system that has lifted me up when I didn’t think I could go forward! There were so many questions that I didn’t have the answer for. I felt that I needed so much training that I couldn’t get. But they were trained, had done this all before, and they had researched answers. They were a blessing!
So this journey has been fast paced and such a blessing to me and to my family. It was lead by God (I never would have found it myself), and I have found, not just a system of education, but a calling. I have discovered that this is what I was meant to do. I am now taking a Montessori class through Worldwide Montessori, and someday I hope to be able to have a small Montessori child care. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to start an atrium at my church, and my training for that is starting soon. There have been a ton of challenges, like letting go of where I thought my kids should be academically, and trying not to make them child super stars (Bunny, even at age 5 1/2 still isn’t reading like I think she should). Of course there have also been blessings, like the unfailing support of my husband, and the ever listening ear of my mom. I am learning to love better, respect more, and see my kids differently. I have grown from my journey and I wouldn't change it for the world!
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