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  1. Joyful Learner
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    I think that's one benefit of Montessori schools over traditional schools. We ate definitely hOmeschooling as K is reading at 2nd grade level and doing everything else at first grade level. I wouldn't have her accelerate in school because she's shorter than most kids her age. As homeschoolers, she can have friends of all ages and still work at the level she's in.

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  2. The girl who painted
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    @JL Bear's short for her age too:) I normally wouldn't accelerate her, but because it is Montessori it feels right. They will be able to give her work beyond the kindergarten level as the need arises. I still get her two days a week to play and learn so it feels like the best of both worlds.

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  3. Alycia in Va.
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    We're in our 2nd year of Montessori (first grade) and my daughter loves how she's able to work at her own pace in many areas. I love that she also gets to interact with a variety of ages and has set programs (computer, immersion spanish w/native speaker, PE, Music, Art, library, etc. that all takes place during the day, so we're free to work on whatever she wants in the evenings.

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  4. Raising a Happy Chil
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    This is a big advantage of Montessori school – multiage classrooms. My friend's son attends one and her one complaint is reading – it tends to be very primitive even for 6 year old. Bear seems advanced in every aspect – Anna's writing remains pretty much on her age level or even lower, so she will have something to learn when she goes to K.

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  5. love2teach2day
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    For the Little House theme couldn't you have kids dress in pioneer garb and play pioneer games and do pioneer crafts? Make pioneer toys?

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  6. The girl who painted
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    @love2teach2day – those are good ideas. I had thought of pioneer crafts and games, but not of having them dress up. I think other moms would think I am crazy as their daughters are all having princess parties. Bear just has no interest in princesses (and that is a-okay with me!)

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  7. Joyful Learner
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    K wsan't into princesses until just recently! But I am not buying her any princess costumes. Instead I tell her Mongolian dress which we got from a friend is a princess dress. She LOVES it! hee hee. 🙂

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  8. edie
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    I recently discovered your blog and I so appreciate all the ideas! As far as Little House goes, do you recall Laura's party in On the Banks of Plum Creek? They serve "vanity cakes" at the party and I've remembered those since I was a child. I don't have the book handy but I recall that Nellie has a city party and Laura has a country party. Each of those chapters might have some fun ideas. Love your blog!

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  9. The girl who painted
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    @edie – thanks! I totally remember those two parties. I'll get the book and see the specifics they mention. And I remember vanity cakes too. They just ate some in the first Rose book:)

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  10. melodysadventures
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    Sounds like she is doing great!

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