When I first started out homeschooling in 1999, I only had my 2 daughters who were 9 & 5 years old. The very first book I ever read was by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore. Their book The Successful Homeschooling Family Handbook was a godsend to me. I read that book countless times & took their advice on the things that I agreed with & left the rest. A few months later I was online & I came across the Charlotte Mason Method. I was in love with this way of homeschooling! Charlotte Mason is a classical homeschooling approach. Ambleside Online has loads of information on Charlotte Mason & her way of educating. I used this method for quite a while until I had my third daughter in 2001. Since I just had a new baby & was exclusively breast-feeding her, my older daughters began using the American Education Publishing workbooks. I still did some of the Charlotte Mason Method with the girls by reading aloud to them. We did this kind of learning for a little while. After I got in a groove with breast-feeding, we slowly went back to the Charlotte Mason Method. All along we continued doing the same activities that I previously listed in my last blog post. Throughout the years I liked to mix it up a bit by using worksheet sites. I had paid memberships to ABC Teach & Enchanted Learning. Both are great but my favorite has always been Enchanted Learning.
As the years went by I tried The Well-Trained Mind which I found to be too rigid & scheduled even though I’m an extremely organized person. When my youngest daughter turned 3 years old I discovered Maria Montessori. I was in love with this style of education! I admit I want a little nuts & overboard buying things as well as printing items up from many Montessori sites that offered free printables. I turned my upstairs hallway & bedroom into a Montessori classroom for her. No kidding. I have the pictures to prove it. Every night after dinner & her bath, we did Montessori together for about an hour & a half. The next morning while the older girls started on their schoolwork, I did Montessori with my youngest. It worked out perfectly because the older girls were able to work on their own & that freed up time for me to concentrate on my youngest girl.
When my youngest turned 5 years old I started using Anabaptist Bookstore & Milestone Books-Rod & Staff for all 3 of my girls. I also continued doing Montessori with my youngest as well as using Rod & Staff with her. For Preschool/K5 I used these books for her from Rod & Staff. After my 2 older girls graduated from our homeschool, I continued doing Montessori & Rod & Staff with my youngest until she turned 12 years old. From ages 12 to 14 I used Rod & Staff exclusively with her. However, when she was 14 years old I went back to using the Charlotte Mason Method to the present. Soon she will be graduating from our homeschool in 2019.
On a side note, many of you may not know that I have a granddaughter (Buggy) who is going to be 3 years old this June. She is my middle daughter’s child & she will be gracing you with her presence on this blog from time to time. I started doing Montessori with her recently & I so enjoy it! It brings back so many warm & fun memories of doing Montessori with my youngest.
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