The Montessori Method and home education

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Home Education Making the decision to home educating your child can be a huge step for parents. The reasons can vary from family to family. with my own family, we got a taste of home education during the covid-19 lockdown and I found it to be fantastic and stressful at varying times. It was fantastic as I could monitor what my son learnt and could fully see the extent of his own knowledge. It was great seeing how he absorbed anything put in front of him, however, it was also stressful when work needed to be completed for the teacher by a certain deadline and Jamie didn't want to do it.  What is great about home education is that there are no deadlines you and your child can learn at your own pace and base your curriculum around their developing interests. This concept of following the child's interests is in line with the Montessori Method. What is the Montessori Method? The aim of the method is to enable you to raise your child as a whole person, not to develop one specific pa

The Nativity and how it related to me this week

We are due our third child in April. We were now faced with getting a double pram and getting rid of our old silver cross. This was abit emotional for me as we've had it for 6 years. It was Jamie's pram then Rosie used it but now seeing as we'll be having another baby in quick succession we needed a double pram. 

After toying with the idea of keeping the silver cross and just using a buggy board for Rosie we chose the babylo duo x2 which is great for our needs as I realised Rosie would only be 13 moths when the new baby arrives and a buggy board was not going to be practical. But I was then torn about what to do with the old silver cross. Most people would give it to charity to sell or just sell it on themselves. However, this didn't feel right to me. 

For a week I pondered about what to do and then suddenly I thought of the Nativity story. It sits differently with me now that I'm a parent. When I was taught the story in school the focus was of course on the baby Jesus. However, now I imagine poor Mary and Joseph trying to find a room after travelling that long distance only to be told there were no more rooms left. The panic they must have felt knowing the arrival of the baby was imminent but no where for them to go. I then thought of families going through tough times now especially because of the pandemic. There is another family out there right now worrying about where they are going to put their new-born baby. 

So I decided to ask my church if they would take the pram and give it to a family in need. Hopefully, God willing, it will reach a family who maybe can't even afford a second hand pram and will help take that worry from their minds. It was the least I could do. It had benefitted us so much it was only right to pass it on for someone else to get good use of it. 

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  1. What a lovely thing to do! May Our Father bless you and may your kindness come back to you 100 fold.

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  2. Thank you. The pram was passed on to someone who I was told had nothing and baby was due the following month. I'm just glad I was able to help in some way.

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