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I am a home schooling mom to three amazing kiddos.  We primarily use the Montessori pedagogy to guide our journey.  We also enjoy aspects of classical education and are part of Classical Conversations community. 

I write a Montessori column for Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

I am still a geek at heart and at times miss my former career as an Information Architect/SharePoint Specialist.  I don't have much free time but if I do, it is spent on comic books and video games.
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Midsummer Check-In

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My how times flies.  I can't believe the children are already well into their second month of Montessori summer school.  The month of June was one of the busiest I've had in a long time.  I plan to start school with the gang in mid-August.  This will give us a chance to review the basics in our Montessori environment before adding Classical Conversations to the mix in September.  Needles to say, I have a lot to tackle in the next six weeks.

Goodies from my parent practicum as well as my planning binder that's about to get a mini overhaul.

Last week I managed to prepare a lengthy list of posts that I want to share with you.  A number of them cover events that have already occurred such as why we are choosing to add Classical Conversations and my experience at the Parent Practicum.  I also intend to include you in my full planning process.  I managed to scratch out the details in a notebook but now those ideas need to be transcribed digitally.  I also have some musing about the Montessori Method in general that I'm ready to vet.

I'm excited that I have finally setup a website for hosting files.  I've been longing to share some of the items I create.  Now I can do so.  If you recently noticed that the blog was down for a day or two, well, that's why!   I also have a Grace and Green Pastures email address now.  If you'd like to contact me, I can be reached at Bess AT graceandgreenpastures.com.  Feel free to drop me a note, question or suggestion.

I hope everyone has had a lovely summer so far.

-Bess
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