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How do I know this is legit, before I send in my money?Trouble accessing your program?I am no longer using CCBill for my programs (they processed login usernames and passwords).
If you need help accessing your program/s, please contact me here or on Facebook or on Google+. And please put "l need program access" in the subject heading of your email so I will read it and answer it ASAP. Thank you!
"How do I know this is legit, before I send in my money?"You can read my testimonials!"Can I work at my own pace or is there a daily order for completion."Yes, you work at your own pace. I would suggest reading the Montessori philosophy and methodology first, then trying out a few lessons per week. In fact, I have redesigned my programs to include weekly and or monthly time lines for the lessons and activities."Hello.... Being that I have no training and really no concrete ideas of how to train a child in the Montessori method... will I still be able to do this program?"Yes, it offers lots of reading material that is fairly easy to understand plus weekly lesson plans with step by step instructions."Can I get a certificate so I can teach Montessori at a Montessori school?"No, not with this program. However, there are other distance learning programs that offer teacher training and grant you a certificate to teach at a Montessori school.
If you want to get Montessori training for which you receive a certificate to teach at a Montessori school through distance learning, go here."Are the lessons to be completed on the computer or printed and done with materials nearby?"The lessons can be printed out and kept in a binder or some folders, or on your
computer's hard drive! (They are not interactive.) To do this, turn on your printer, click File, then click Print!
"You may remember that I inquired about purchasing Montessori materials. I'm still struggling through that decision. I am financially able and willing to purchase SOME of the materials and plan to make others. What does your program suggest/require to have on hand?"Most of my lessons include how to make your own materials, when able to do so. Because my Montessori distance learning program has been designed to be used by homeschoolers, and people all over the world, I have made a great effort to help parents and teachers make their own materials."I'd hate to come in with both eyes closed, only to find I'm paying for a program before I can implement it! My daughter is... extremely bright, and I'd really like to foster her love for learning."You are off to a great start learning about Montessori education. So much of it is really in the philosophy of how to raise and educate your child, so spend lots of time reading the philosophy [and methodology].
And you can always order Montessori books or find them at the library, the ones written by other Montessori teachers are easier to understand than the ones written by Maria Montessori, who was addressing students and teachers."Would we get a type of certificate at the end to say we had taken the course?"I am not calling this a course, as my programs are not from a college or training center, however, you can probably get credit through a local community college for independent work study, which includes taking my program. I do not offer any certificates at this time."Do you offer your program in other languages?"When you join, you can cut and paste the URL of the documents, activities, lesson(s) you want translated into Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese at the Babelfish Altavista Website, in the translation box."Is there a recommended books list... once you are in the program?"I recommend certain Montessori (and other) books through out most of my programs, as well as a list of books that I've reviewed personally.
But I don't have a recommended books list, per say, instead usually I suggest reading the
reviews at Amazon.com for the Montessori and homeschool books sold
there! This is such a valuable resource! I get books this way all the
time--by reading the reviews!
There is also the most comprehensive Montessori book list at Nienhaus.com for hard to find, rare, out of print, and unique Montessori books."Is your web... material based on a Montessori book available for purchase?"Yes and no.
My toddler and preschool lessons are based on a Montessori book used in my training courses called the Redbook created by Ursula Thrush, my teacher. She sold it through her school website (The Maria Montessori School for the Golden Gate in San Francisco) although people complained that it took 6 to 8 weeks to get it in the mail.
However, she passed away. Her school and training program are still active, but I don't know if they still sell her "Redbook" which contains all the Montessori lessons and philosophy she used in her training. She also sold the elementary lessons in another book as well.
My infant and young tot lessons are loosely based on the NAMC training manuals available for purchase at their website, my own experiences, as well as infant activity books from the library."Have you released a workbook or hard copy [book] for reference?"Sorry, I don't have a work book or hard copy at the moment."Can you suggest a resource for preparing an environment for the 16 mo. old?"There is a Montessori book for birth to threes, Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard. You can find it at Amazon.com or check your local bookstore or library.
You can also visit The Toddler Tutor, and order her book, Awakening Your Toddler's Love of Learning (at her website). I highly recommend it!
Cut and paste the URL (link) of the document, activity, lesson you want translated at the altavista babelfish Website, in the translation box."I am [a new member] trying to figure out how to download all the wealth of info! I see the links where I can access the text and pictures on each of the topics, but is there a way I can download all the info together, or at least each individually with all the text and pictures in tact?"The easiest and fastest way to save them to your computer is to use your browser. When you click on the link, go to "file" in your browser and click on "save as" and then under file name box (which you can change--the file name) another box will say "save as type", pick Webpage, complete htm, html. As you choose, figure out which file to save it into on your computer (at the top and on the side). It's not unlike saving documents in your computer."Do you have a program which includes all the material you have to offer for 0-6 years?"No, I don't at this time."For my boys' ages (4, 6, and 7 1/2) which of your programs do you recommend that I purchase in order to have a complete program?"For a complete program, I recommend doing it slowly over time, don't try it all at once or you will feel overwhelmed. Start with the 4-5 program, then add Year One, then a six to 12 months later or so, add Year Two...
"Have you already done the research to recommend the most affordable place to purchase the products[for your members who signed up for your programs]? And or do you give advise on where to buy shelves and affordable products?"After you sign up and access your membership page, Montessori activities are listed on a separate webpage with $ or $$ or $$$ or $$$$ or free download, and if it is not listed let me know and I will research it and add it!
I am also happy to look over materials you want to buy and give you my opinion as to cost, or whether there is a free download, etc. (I do this a lot for homeschoolers!)
USA Military FamiliesPlease contact me if you are a USA military family, or your spouse is a veteran, and tell me which program(s) you are interested in, where you are stationed, and a little bit about your family so that I can offer you a special on my Montessori programs and consulting, in honor of your service and sacrifice to the United States...during these challenging times.
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