It's Nice to Meet You!

Hi! My name is Abbie and I am so glad to meet you.
I am a wife to a wonderful husband, and a mom to three kids ages 10, 8, and 5. We live down south in the middle of the country and we spend our days playing with friends,  homeschooling, playing flute and lacrosse and swimming a lot.

I am:
  • A Catholic - after a 30 years of signs I was initiated as an adult on Easter 2005
  • A Korean-Adoptee - I was three months old when I came to the United States
  • Graduate school educated - I have an MBA with a minor in accounting (my great aunt said it was the best decision I made to go back to school because I found a husband)
  • A Republican - though I haven't a clue who to vote for this time around
  • Battling the Epstein-Barr virus- this makes me so very tired and I need to take precautions at all times to not over-do-it, which will just land me in bed
  • Allergic to bee stings - the last time I got stung on my leg, that entire part of my body looked like Baymax for a week 
I love to:
  • Pray alone - my morning prayer time is one of my most closely guarded times in my day
  • Organize - when I see a pile of stuff, I get an overwhelming urge to purge, categorize, and organize
  • Plan - My planner book goes everywhere with me because my brain can't remember much of anything these days (I just found out about this bullet journaling thing that is all the rage right now. (Google it if you haven't heard about it but don't get sucked in.) I've been doing this for years after ditching the expensive Franklin-Covey system, albeit without the crazy colored pens, washi tape, and complicated handwritten fonts because, really, I am a homeschooling mom and I have as much time to journal as it takes to scribble some short-hand in a composition book.)
  • Watch K-Dramas - I've greatly improved my ability to understand Korean, and each time I watch someone eating something spicy and hot I usually want that for dinner
  • Listen to reggeton music - while in college I spent some time abroad in Spanish-speaking countries and can still understand a bit
  • Listen to classical baroque music - to balance out the above
  • Read books - I like biographies, DIY-crafting, homeschooling/education, child development, parenting, health and nutrition, personal finance, and self-help books
  • Learn more about photography and take photos of what God has chosen to put in my path
I don't like:
  • Bugs; especially ones with wings and that have shiny exoskeletons that fly around and get stuck in your hair
  • Cats
  • Surprises
  • Clutter
  • Driving
  • Busy places with lots of ambient noise
  • Eating in front of people
  • Long lines
  • Emptying the dishwasher and putting away laundry
  • Horror movies
  • Heights (changing lightbulbs gives me vertigo)

I've started a number of blogs but this is the space that stuck with me. This space is about our homeschooling journey and the lessons I've learned over the years that make our explorations, our time, and our space more fun and efficient.

"In my opinion, the name of this blog is a complete misnomer. "

This is my opinion only, and I know others who argue well differently. From my experience, using Montessori principles in our homeschooling environment, observing others endeavoring to do the same, and learning from guides with formal training, I have found that what is described as a true a Montessori education cannot be re-created in a single-family homeschool environment. 

The environmental conditions upon which Dr. Montessori based her philosophy and pedagogy, just cannot be replicated at home. There is not a mixed-age community of 25 or more children in a single plane of development. Many times educators in the homeschool environment aren't formally trained and certified by a MACTE accredited institution. Many homeschool classrooms don't have the space or capacity to allow the child full freedom within boundaries in all areas. 

Without the prepared environment, the prepared guide and proper equipment we just didn't see the same results in our homeschool environment as Dr. Montessori saw in her Casa dei Bambini.

This isn't to say that my children didn't benefit from a Montessori-inspired homeschool experience. I believe that an experience in a true Montessori style-classroom would have benefited them more. The latter was just not a financial option for us.

Our Homeschool Curriculum

We now use a combination of Classical and Montessori-inspired homeschooling methods. My two oldest children attended Montessori school when they were primary age. I still use Montessori principles and materials for math and geometry studies and more loosely for our science studies. I follow the Keys of the Universe elementary AMI style albums and the Keys of the World primary AMI style albums.

We also use Stories of the World, Writing with Ease, and text books for our language subjects like spelling, grammar, and writing. This year, we've added Latin and Catechism to our list as well. All of our studies revolved around the four year trivium cycle and the themes follow from our Stories of the World text. This year everyone is starting half way through volume 1: Ancients.
I am nearly finished with my level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training. 100 hours! This year, I will be serving as an assistant in a level 2 atrium and hope to begin level 2 training soon. For Catholics who love the Montessori method, THIS is such a beautiful way to help your child explore scripture and the liturgy and deepen their relationship with the Good Shepherd. To find more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to their website here.
We take our homeschooling journey one day a time. We plan to homeschool for as long as it fits our family. I hope you find some of what I write here helpful to you traveling along your path. Welcome to our space. I look forward to sharing with you awhile.