Homeschool, History and Minecraft

Homeschool, History and Minecraft

For the last year or so, he has become OBSESSED with Minecraft, and so, I began to watch and observe the game and how he plays it. I noticed that he would always talk about things like spawning, building a world, killing animals for food, and thought: “Hmmm, that sounds a lot like History.” So, I researched the game and found that there are a great many teachers around the world who use Minecraft in the classroom, and I began to set my lesson plan around it. Our family ascribes to the Montessori method of education, so combining Minecraft with history seemed like a natural step.

My Singapore Math Mistake

My Singapore Math Mistake

In my first year as a homeschooler, I made many mistakes. One was choosing the wrong math curriculum. I decided to go with a boxed curriculum. After much research, and limited time to put together a custom curriculum, I decided that this was the most effective way to make sure that there were no holes in our curriculum.

The Montessori Method: Beyond Elementary

The Montessori Method: Beyond Elementary

When I am asked about homeschool and the why behind my decision, I explain that my 11-year old child was a Montessori kid for seven years and we have decided to continue his education in this learning style. Almost immediately, a quizzical look appears and I know the question before it is asked… “Isn’t that for younger kids?

The answer is yes and no. The true magic of the Montessori curriculum is that the schooling is based on and corresponds to the child’s natural developmental periods, and natural behavioral tendencies; her famous “Follow the Child” philosophy.