Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grab Bag

Today I have a grab bag of matters to blog about...

1)  Make sure you stop by on Monday.  I will be posting a giveaway!

2)  A note to anyone who has ever commented here on this blog:  THANK YOU!  I really, really enjoy comments.  You all cheer me on, give me feedback, motivate me, and pick me up when I've just about had it.

3)  Some of you who have read my blog for a long time have mentioned to me that you can always tell when I am girding myself for a big topic because my posts either trickle off or get a little lighter.  If you feel either of those things have been happening lately, consider the red flag raised!  I have been letting some ideas about Montessori Elementary at home and the role of materials in the home setting simmer for a few months now.  If you've been keeping up with things at Montessori Online (Yahoo! group) you already know where I am headed with part of this.  If not, hang in with me a little while longer while I finish thinking about things.

In other news, I am no longer the proud reader of 500+ Montessori-related blogs.  It just wasn't fun anymore.  I still keep my out for and track new Montessori blogs and will maintain the Ultimate Montessori Blog List.  It might be a little easier for a new blog to slip by me with my new, much-reduced reading list.  You can all help me out a little by letting me know if you see a new one.

What I did was create a "favorites" folder in my Google reader on January 1st.  As I moved all of my bookmarks to Pinterest I put blogs I had pinned from in that folder.  As I continued to read the full list for the last two months I also moved blogs that struck my interest to that folder.  Recently, I finally mustered the resolve to finally click "delete" on the blogs that never made it to that folder.  It is certain that I left many great blogs behind, but there are some fantastic blogs that are limited to Montessori primary or infancy and we are, sadly, just a little past that phase of our lives.  Me Too is still a primary child, so never fear, there will be plenty of primary action here for quite some time yet.  At any rate, I am down to 50 Montessori blogs in my reader.  I am able to interact more and am enjoying my online time much more now.

4) A little bit of business: My sister kindly nagged me to make sure that I was up to date on all of the legal tidbits.  Disclaimers, privacy policies and the like can now be easily found at the bottom of the blog.

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  1. I have a question for you. I am thinking of redoing my double letter "sandpaper" letters. I remember last time I looked that every list was different. Which phonograms do you use for yours?

  2. I have found your posts on the sound bins for the double letters helpful. These are have been more challenging to put together. Thank you for the time and detail you put into your posts.