Having homeschooled for nearly 20 years, I have taught all elementary and high school grades with my eight children.
My teaching style is founded in the Montessori principle of "Following the Child." With early learners I find it key to use simple materials with isolation of difficulty. "Livable Learning" is my term for a "prepared environment" where a both the child and the teacher create an environment that is conducive to learning. This is achieved externally through order and simplicity of the surroundings and the learning materials, while internally both the teacher and the student arrive at a greater self-discipline in how they think and act.
My greatest reward is to be able to assist parents and teachers in underprivileged countries, and in underfunded schools across the world with my free printables.
I have a BA in Fine Art and I have been studying and practicing Montessori methods for the last 20 years.
In 2003 I launched my Livable Learning website and self-published my first book: "From Creative Chaos to Livable Learning." I was led to Montessori Education out of a desire for more order in our daily lives and for a greater independence for our children. Early in our homeschooling I asked a former Montessori teacher to mentor me in the Montessori ways and to help me get organized, the Montessori Way. It all led to my passion of designing hand made sets of learning materials and organizing them into space-saving tackle boxes. It's what I call "Teaching from a Tackle Box."