I just had a thought after posting this that some of my readers may be a little unsure as to what exactly Montessori is.
This is in a nutshell and it is soooo much more but:
From wkipedia: The Montessori method is a child-centered, alternative educational method based on the child development theories originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its method of education is characterised by emphasising self-directed activity, on the part of the child, and clinical observation, on the part of the teacher — to stress the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her development level, and the role of physical activity in the child’s absorbing abstract concepts and learning practical skills. Auto-didactic (self-correcting) equipment is used for introducing and learning concepts, and reading is taught via phonics and whole language, the comparative benefits of which are presently being recognised.
I’m sure as I continue to learn more about Montessori and implement the method and philosophy into our home you will also learn more along side me, as you all know I’ll post about it all here, so just keep on reading *grin*