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 not so naughty elf on our shelf

elf on the shelf sitting in a Christmas tree

The elves are back! Many people bring elf on the shelf into their homes at the start of December.

The elf comes alive at night and ends up getting up to mischief. The child finds out in the morning what the elf has got up to. Elf on the shelf watched the child throughout the day and then reports back to Santa if the child has been naughty or nice.

While the idea seems good it is flawed. How can we teach our children to be good by using threats of the elf telling on them when the elf themselves misbehave.  

I have found a resource that has a Christmas kindness countdown. The idea is that the child sticks a bauble onto Santa's beard for each day and they carry out the kind thing marked on the beard.

The elf hides with the next days bauble, the child has to find the elf and bauble that morning before they can pick the kind act for the day. This helps to reinforce positive behaviour more so than threats of not getting presents. 

To find this resource head to www.twinkl.co.uk and let me know if your child had fun finding the baubles and being kind to others.

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