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  1. Raising a Happy Chil
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    It's nice to find something that works so well. I really have to revisit our "magic folder" with Anna, but the challenge for me is to actually keep it updated. Of course, I am not really homeschooling 🙂

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  2. KandaceMcc
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    What is AAS?

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  3. KandaceMcc
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    I just wanted to ask, what is AAS?

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  4. Homeschool @ sg
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    Wow, I didn't know my country's math curriculum would a popular choice for homeschooling! Anyway, I think you're doing great! I don't think I've as much going on my plate as you but I can't find the time to teach my 4 yr old and juggle with my 6 mth old!

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  5. Nicole
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    Love the system you've set up, and love how you've changed things to make it work for you!Would you mind sharing a bit why letting Bear freely in the classroom wasn't working? (I'm *not* secretly judging, btw – I'm wondering if it's similar to issues we've had/having). Thank you!

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  6. The girl who painted
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    @Nicole – mostly she would wander and not make choices. Or she would want to be doing whatever J-jo was working on even though she knows the rule to respect the person who is working and wait your turn. Somehow, when it is your sibling the rule is harder to follow. Remember, she's been to an actual physical Montessori school so she knows the expectations VERY well. To have her work on her Montessori work, she needed me to sit next to her. I felt I couldn't leave her to present something to J-jo without her losing focus and wanting to be with us as I presented to j-jo. It felt like nothing was getting done. With the workboxes, she knows what is coming next and she is very much a checkmark kind of girl so putting the number on the accountability strip is doing wonders. She gets up and asks to work through her boxes. It's been remarkable. Before the workboxes, I had been writing her checklists (kind of like the work plans that the directress will make with a student in elementary Montessori). She loved those but it was much too much work for me to keep up with. Workboxes are easy to fill. I would love to do pure Montessori, but I just can't keep up with learning the presentations right now. I am exhausted, burned out and just holding on; I needed something easy and I needed her to take initiative on the work.

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  7. The girl who painted
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    @Kandace – AAS is All About Spelling. We LOVE this program. I added the link. It is an affiliate link and if you end up purchasing through that link, we will get a small commission.

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  8. KandaceMcc
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    Thank-you so much! I will definitely check it out, that sounds like something I"m looking for. Thanks for always sharing, love your blog!

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  9. Alycia in Va.
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    No need to apologize. Your dedication to homeschooling, teaching, and helping at TOS is commendable. I also find It difficult to use trays& shelves with my nearly 2 year old always grabbing at things :)Hang in there!Aly in Va.

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