OK, so this is kind of a cheater 300th post, because it’s a post celebrating being at 300 posts… rather than an actual post… But, you guys: I’m at 300 posts!
This little blog of mine started off as a way to share ideas with my friends who were always Facebook messaging me for activity ideas for their little ones, using cell phone pictures and posting anywhere from one to three times a week. With time, I realized how much I loved blogging and connecting with other parents, educators, and bloggers through my little corner on the web.
This blog kept me accountable in keeping up a home learning schedule for Miss G and expanding my own knowledge about Montessori, while also getting me actively writing after a six-year hiatus since my little book of poetry was published (and permanent writer’s blog set in).
Today, Study at Home Mama has transformed a bit as our family and our life has transformed. Miss G’s determination to be a chef when she’s grown up (we’ll see) has inspired our Kids’ Kitchen series, and most of our activity or unit study posts now feature the children that join our home as part of Child’s Garden Montessori. We’ve started incorporating more Reggio ideas and left Waldorf behind.
I’ve gone from being a mom who worked part-time while going to school full-time and trying to balance being an attachment parent with home-based learning, to well, still being in school full-time but now working from home as a Montessori educator (as well as Sundays as a children’s ministry director). Although our days are sometimes a bit more chaotic and I have significantly less time with just Miss G (let alone to myself — I’m still trying to figure out balance), I love how everything has worked out so far and am excited to see where this journey continues to take us.
And, Miss G, well, she’s transformed from an eighteen-month old with a spunky attitude, to a three year old with a spunky attitude! She’s flourished with Montessori, is halfway through the Math curriculum and is reading simple books independently, but I think the most important achievements have been the ones in the Practical Life curriculum, such as being able to gather ingredients, make a snack, and clean-up independently. After her one stint with vlogging, she has been begging me to set up a Youtube channel for her, which I might do soon… if she doesn’t take any more selfies like this on my phone:
I hope that Study at Home Mama has been useful or inspiring for you, too, and I thank you so much for your kind comments or even when you check in silently. I hope this website continues to evolve and meet your needs, please let me know if there is ever something you’d like me to cover more!
And, on that note, I have an exciting announcement to share with you tomorrow based on Miss G and your requests — but for now, I’m signing off to start a crazy day with my Montessori children, before having my first ladies night in months to celebrate this little milestone.