It’s my first blogiversary week, so I figure I should reflect a bit on the last year. Should I specify my favorite posts? Many bloggers do that, and I always enjoy those sorts of posts, but sorry – no.
In honor of Montessori education and the concept of following each person’s interests (and because I can never choose my favorite- or best posts anyway), I’m going to tell you what sorts of posts I have here. I’ve written three, and occasionally four, posts every week since I started my blog. I hope some of my posts meet your needs and interests.
Here are some of my main categories of posts (also found in my right sidebar):
I LOVE Montessori education and believe information about Montessori principles and techniques is helpful for pretty much anyone who has children or works with children. If you’ve gotten to know me, you know that I apply Montessori principles to almost everything and think they’re relevant for adults as well as children.
Some of my essential Montessori categories are Montessori principles and Montessori techniques. I also have categories with fewer posts but with helpful information such as Montessori overview, Montessori inspiration, and ideas from Montessori schools (YouTube videos of Montessori schools where you can see Montessori education in action).
My biggest category is the activity of the week. Every Monday, I focus on a Montessori-oriented activity I find online. Often, I post links to related Montessori-inspired activities from many blogs. You can also find curriculum ideas under specific curriculum categories in my sidebar.
Montessori Homeschool Classroom and Materials. This is another big category, and it really isn’t just for homeschoolers. This is a good category to check out if you’re a teacher, homeschool teacher, or parent who wants to use some Montessori-oriented activities at home. This also has posts like “Montessori Practical Life Activities” (and each Montessori curriculum area with lots of links). And it has posts with places to buy Montessori materials, where to find free Montessori materials online, and links for making your own Montessori materials.
Montessori-Based Religious Education. I was trained in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play, which are both Montessori-based. I love each program and now find myself using a mixture. Some posts emphasize Godly Play (which often is easiest to use in a homeschool) and some talk about both programs.
I already mentioned homeschooling some because of my Montessori Homeschool Classroom and Materials category and Montessori-Based Religious Education category. I homeschooled my children through high school, so homeschooling was a huge part of my life and is something I love. I realize that homeschooling isn’t for everyone and completely respect families who choose to send their children to school. I believe that we all have to find and follow the path that’s right for our unique family.
But if you’re interested in homeschooling or are a homeschooler, I have lots of posts that might be of interest to you. In my homeschooling category, I have everything from posts about what worked for my family to homeschooling resources to ideas for unit studies.
I have posts about parenting at every stage of your child’s development, although my main categories are probably natural parenting, preschool parenting, and infants and toddlers. I have more about teens and helping kids develop character at Raising Figure Skaters.
Blogging and Networking
I have a few posts about what’s worked well for me in the blogosphere in my blogging and networking category. There are also a couple of posts on finding balance, a category which I’m sure will grow significantly in the next year.
Year one of Living Montessori Now has been a wonderful experience. I’ve enjoyed doing online research, sharing my experiences, and – most of all – getting to know so many wonderful bloggers and readers of my blog. Thanks so much for joining me in celebrating my first blogiversary! I’m looking forward to year two of Living Montessori Now! 🙂
Oh, and if you didn’t get my blogiversary freebie, here’s the link: First Blogiversary – Free Montessori Printable!