A 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.
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.
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.)
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. (Note: Lori’s blog is now private. You’ll have to request an invite to read her posts.)
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.
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).
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 posts about a 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.
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