You are an awesome Montessori homeschool mom, and you want your child to reach global awareness. You also want your child to learn that they are a citizen of the world. Will learning a foreign language through TalkBox.Mom help your child achieve this?
Absolutely! The TalkBox.Mom program provides your family with the opportunity to learn a foreign language in a “real world” way by using practical phrases you would use in regular life. The phrases that your family learns in a foreign language will be relevant to the home and your community! And beyond that, learning a foreign language will expand your child’s awareness of the world so that they do more good in the world by being able to help more people.
HOW DOES TALKBOX.MOM FIT INTO THE MONTESSORI METHOD OF HOMESCHOOLING?
Answered by Eileen
- Maria Montessori believed in educating the whole child. Language is a huge part of that.
- The sensitive developmental period for language development is birth to age 6. The child’s brain is very capable of learning a second language along with the native language, especially during that sensitive period.
- Cosmic education will give the child an understanding of their place in the universe, seeing the big picture. Realizing there are other continents and counties on our earth.
- Knowing about the culture and particularly the languages of other people around the world or even in their own communities will beneficial to raising citizens of the world. TalkBox.Mom will be an excellent tool to learn a foreign language in an accessible and real authentic way.
- Practical Life work is a very important part of a Montessori education for children, especially those 3-6 years old. They will be helping around the kitchen and whole house already, so adding a foreign language to practice life skills will help the language have meaning and stick with the children. TalkBox.Mom will have many practical life phrases to learn.
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How does TalkBox.Mom fit into the Montessori method of homeschooling?
Answered by Eileen
My name is Eileen, and I’m here to talk to you about how a
Montessori homeschool education can mix with TalkBox.Mom.
So here’s a little bit about me.
I use a Montessori homeschool mixture with my family at home.
So I went to Montessori school when I was a child from about
18 months till eight years old, and my brother went till he
was a little bit older than I did, and then we went to public
school because our Montessori
school was no longer available.
And when I had my children I decided that I wanted that opportunity
for my own children. But after doing research I saw that
the Montessori School in our city cost $12,000 a year per
child, and I have two children.
So, I didn’t have an extra $24,000 a
year to put my children in a Montessori school.
So I decided that the best way for me to have that opportunity
for my children was to homeschool them, and try my best
to use the Montessori method even though I’m not a trained
guide, and I can’t afford to be trained either,
so that’s a problem.
But we decided to give it a go, and I asked my children what
they wanted to name our school. And they happen to be doing
a science experiment where we had the white carnations in
water where they were absorbing the different colored water.
And, so they happen to say, “White Carnation.” And I thought,
“Well, isn’t that perfect!” because a Montessori education is
all about the child absorbing
We know that children’s brains are constantly absorbing
whatever is in their surroundings, who they’re with, the world
And, so we came up with White Carnation Montessori Homeschool.
So how does that relate to TalkBox.Mom?
Well, if we think about Montessori education and a cosmic
education; we’re focusing on the universe coming down to an
individual child, and we want our children to be able to function
in a world with a variety of cultures,
learn about other people, their languages, their way of life, what
food they eat, people in our own neighborhoods who are similar
to us, and different than us, people around the world on other
continents. And if you think about that, your children will
be very successful in life if they know a language other
than their native language, and I wanted that opportunity
for my children.
So I chose TalkBox.Mom because it seemed like a way
to learn a language
that would be real world;
relevant to their opportunities at home, and in their community,
not just learning random words and phrases that didn’t have
meaning to them.
So let’s talk about how that works in our home. TalkBox,
number one, is all about the kitchen and snacks. And a big
part of a Montessori education when children are young, especially
from three to six, is practical life work. And there are cards
in the foreign language.
My family is doing Spanish.
There are cards about peeling carrots, wiping tables, loading
and unloading the dishwasher; setting the table with forks,
knives, spoons, plates, and bowls, putting food back in the refrigerator,
sweeping the floor, but instead of talking about those practical
life activities in English, we’re talking about them in Spanish.
So my children are going to be able to go out into the world,
and talk to people in their community, and in foreign countries,
in Spanish, hopefully, that’s our goal, but they’re learning
the language while at home doing practical life activities,
which is what Montessori is partly about.
You’re actually learning skills that are going to be useful
long-term down the road. Learning a second language is just
going to be beneficial for the whole global awareness.
And I think that you’ll be able to see how the two methods
of TalkBox.Mom and a Montessori education integrate
really well together.
Click the link below if you want to see how this is going to work
into your Montessori homeschool, like it’s working in mine!