Montessori Monday – Starting a Montessori Playgroup or Montessori Homeschool Co-op

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Starting a Montessori Playgroup or Montessori Homeschool Co-opA number of parents at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page were interested in Montessori playgroups or Montessori homeschool co-ops. My experience is as a Montessori teacher, then Montessori teacher/school owner, and then Montessori homeschooler. As a homeschooler, we took part in co-op groups for extracurricular activities but never in a Montessori co-op.

So, I decided to do some online research and share some resources I found that could help you if you’d like to start a Montessori playgroup or Montessori homeschool co-op. While there are elaborate Montessori co-ops that recruit and hire trained Montessori teachers, I want to focus on Montessori playgroups and co-ops you can set up to be run by parents, whether or not you consider yourself a homeschooler. You could either have a central location for the Montessori classroom or take turns inviting the children into your homeschool classrooms with a common set of rules.

Community Homeschool Classroom (Photo from Vibrant Wanderings)

Community Homeschool Classroom (Photo from Vibrant Wanderings)

Among her other Montessori posts, Melissa from Vibrant Wanderings has a number of posts on a community homeschool classroom (photo from Our Community Homeschool Classroom post). In their particular Montessori classroom, Melissa was already a certified Montessori teacher, and the classroom is now set up in her home. It’s probably closer to a traditional Montessori school than many Montessori playgroups or homeschool co-ops. You’ll find lots of helpful information at Vibrant Wanderings even if you have a simpler setup.

Kathy von Duyke has a post on Building a Montessori Homeschooling Co-op at Homeschool World.

Susana from Montessori Candy has a post on Starting a Montessori Co-op.

Montessori playgroup (photo from Montessori Messy)

Montessori playgroup (photo from Montessori Messy)

Sarah from Montessori Messy tells about hosting a twice weekly Montessori playgroup called “Montessori Mornings.” (photo)

Colin Wee was the coordinator of a Montessori playgroup in Australia when his daughter was a preschooler. He tells about his experience in a post about Let Your Child Take His Turn at Teach Preschool. He also writes about the Montessori Work Cycle at Ezine Articles. (Note: they use the term “jobs” at the playgroup in Australia, whereas we use “work” in Montessori schools in the U.S.)

Rachel from Racheous shares photos of their Montessori playgroup. UPDATE: Rachel now shares homeschool co-op classes.

How to Set Up a Preschool Co-op (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

How to Set Up a Preschool Co-op (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

Lori from Montessori MOMents is part of a preschool co-op that isn’t Montessori based. Lori introduces the children to Montessori materials at her home, though. She has some posts about the co-op such as How to Set Up a Preschool Co-op (photo), How to Prep for Preschool, Writing a Preschool Co-op Daily Schedule, Counting Goldfish, Shell Sorting, Ocean Treasure Sensory Bin, Fish Themed Snacks, and Montessori-Inspired Preschool Flower Unit.

Preschool Co-op Space Theme (Photo from Stay at Home Educator)

Preschool Co-op Space Theme (Photo from Stay at Home Educator)

Stay at Home Educator has a series of Preschool Co-op posts, including Preschool Co-op Weeks 1-13 (photo from Preschool Co-op Week 13), a 5-post series on How to Organize a Preschool Co-op, Circle Time for the Mobile Classroom, and Preschool Co-op Q&A. This isn’t specifically a Montessori co-op, but many of the activities are Montessori-inspired activities.

Mom’s Smile and Krūminu dienas have a homeschool co-op in Latvia. You can use Google Translate, or just get ideas from the photos on the blogs.

Sweeping Seashell Pieces (Photo from Our Country Road)

Sweeping Seashell Pieces (Photo from Our Country Road)

Lisa from Our Country Road uses Montessori-inspired trays when she teaches at their monthly homeschool co-op pre-k group: 22 Fun Christmas Activity Trays, Winter and Valentine’s Activity Trays, and Summer Fun Montessori Trays (photo).

Marissa from The Theology of Laundry tells about her Catholic Homecschooling Montessori Cooperative.

Stephanie from Discovery Moments shares an example of hosting a Montessori homeschool elementary lesson in The God with No Hands.

UPDATE: The Kavanaugh Report has a new Montessori tot-school co-op.

Do you have experience with a Montessori playgroup or Montessori homeschool co-op? If you do, please let me know about your experiences in the comments. If you have a blog post about your Montessori playgroup or homeschool co-op, please share your link so I can add it to the post.

Montessori Monday Link-Up

Montessori MondayIf you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.

Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post). I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky at 6:00 a.m. EST each Monday and keep the linky open throughout the week.

Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome! Thanks for participating!


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