Friday, July 22, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Montessori Training & Curriculum








I've never done a giveaway before, but I have the opportunity give one of my readers a very valuable gift. I love to give people free stuff! So, here goes. 

WHAT YOU WILL WIN
A free spot in the next training course through World Wide Montessori Online, which starts in September. Along with the training, you will receive 12 albums of curriculum materials (over 5,000 pages of materials)...a $240 value.  This course is designed for educators, homeschoolers, or parents who are interested in learning more about Montessori methods.  

HOW TO ENTER
There are five ways to enter. Do any (or all) of the following:
  1. Like Raccoon School on Facebook
  2. Subscribe to Raccoon School via email 
  3. Like Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook
  4. Subsribe to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email
  5. Share this post on your Facebook page.
Then come back here and leave a comment (with your email address) telling me what you did. If you are already doing any of these things, be sure to say so in your comment. You will receive one entry for each way that you are following one of my two blogs, Raccoon School and Healthy, Green and Frugal. So, you could get as many as five chances to win!

I will randomly choose a winner on August 5, 2011. I will contact the winner directly via email. If I do not receive confirmation from that winner within 48 hours, I will randomly-choose another winner. Once I receive email confirmation, I will post the winner's name here. 

MY EXPERIENCE WITH WORLD WIDE MONTESSORI
This time last year I enrolled in an online training course through World Wide Montessori Online. I had recently come to the decision to homeschool. Although I was a certified public school teacher with a master's degree in elementary education, I wanted to know more about Montessori teaching methods.

I was struggling to learn as much as I could on my own. My homeschooler friend from Sunrise Learning Lab, who has a professional background in Montessori education, suggested I consider World Wide Montessori Online.

A year into my training, I'm so glad I enrolled. Although I'm far from being a full-fledged Montessori homeschooler, the knowledge I've gained from this course has revolutionized my approach to teaching and parenting.

I wasn't looking for an official Montessori certification. I just wanted help implementing Montessori methods at home. That's exactly what the course offers.  Here's what I like about the course:
  • It's very laid back. You can do as much (or as little) as you like. All the materials and lectures are presented online, so there's no set time-frames that must be followed. You can give your attention to it when it's a good time for you.
  • You get a lot of curriculum materials. You get them all electronically, so you will have to decide whether you want to invest the time and resources into printing all out. Alternatively, you can just view them on your computer and print out materials as needed.
  • Direct instruction for me (not just the kids).  The course provides lots of detailed information about the philosophies behind Montessori, and how to implement it.
  • Support from a Montessori-trained professional. You have easy access to the woman behind the course, Karen Tyler, AMS. She's always been very helpful to me when I have questions.
  • An international learning community. One of my favorite parts of the class is the opportunity to connect with fellow students from around the world. I would say most of the students are homeschoolers, and a number of them have children with sensory issues. 
Let me know if you have any questions about the training or the giveaway. Good luck!!!

131 comments:

  1. Too fun! I'm very interested in learning more about the Montessori style of teaching. I was already a FB fan of both of your blogs. I subscribed to both by email. And I shared on my wall. :) tt.alp.sengul@gmail.com

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  2. Great giveaway! I would love to learn more about Montessori as I am starting to homeschool my 5 year old, and my younger son has SPD. I like both blogs on FB, follow both on blogger, and subscribed to emails from both blogs. I also posted this post on my FB wall. My email is ylewis0605[at]yahoo[dot]com
    Yvette Lewis

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  3. Thanks Tricia and Yvette for entering the giveaway! Good luck. I really appreciate the fact that you read my blog. I see that you often "like" my posts - thank you!

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  4. Have done 1-4 (don't know how to create a link!) so please enter me for your giveaway (assume from what you say about international community that the course is open to those of us not in the US?). Looking forward to exploring your blogs! Rccrowley@hotmail.com

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  5. Hi Carolyn! Thanks for entering! Yes, there are students in the Montessori course from all over the world. I have really enjoyed getting the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures. :)

    As far as sharing the link....if you are on Facebook, and you want to share a link, here's how: right above where it says, "what's on you mind?", there's a button for "link". Just click on that and paste in this address:

    http://www.raccoonschool.com/2011/07/giveaway-montessori-training-curriculum.html

    Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck on winning the giveaway!

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  6. Like Raccoon School on Facebook
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  7. Subscribe to Raccoon School via email
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  8. Like Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook
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  9. Subscribe to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email
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  10. I have liked Raccoon School on Facebook.

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  11. I liked Raccoon School on Facebook
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  12. This is a great chance! I follow this blog on FB and by mail. I hope this is the answer to my prays. I am searching for the chance to learn about Montessori and I found this giveaway!! Thanks!! Wally
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  13. Hi,
    Love both blogs! I've shared and liked and subscribed and done ALL that you ask for! I would have even if there wasn't a giveaway! I'm Home Educating my two Montessorian children and would LOVE to win and complete the course. I have finished half of a MWEI course in the past (attending to workshops for hands on instruction of the materials 3-6) and this would be an ideal way of refreshing and extending my knowledge without the extra cost or re-enrolment to MWEI. Hope to win however I'll be happy to learn from the two blogs regardless. email ad: tamarakidd@hotmail.com

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  14. I like Raccoon School on Facebook. LEMolettiere at gmail dot com

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  15. I shared on Facebook (Lara Molettiere) LEMolettiere at gmail dot com

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  16. I like you on Facebook, and follow your blog through blogger and email. What a fantastic giveaway!

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  17. I liked both sights on facebook and signed up to follow them through e-mail. This would be such a blessing!!! leeannalutz@yahoo.com

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  18. I like Healthy Green and Frugal on FB

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  19. I posted it on Montessori MOMents' FB page. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Montessori-MOMents/186597394722411

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  20. I subscribed to Raccoon School via email.

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  21. I liked your raccoon school FB page. Leochipmunk at yahoo dot com

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  22. I subscribed to raccoon school newsletter. Leochipmunk at yahoo dot com

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  23. I liked your healthy green and frugal FB page! Leochipmunk at yahoo dot com

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  24. I subscribed to the FB page. Leochipmunk at yahoo dot com

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  25. I just did all 5 things! :) Just found you and am very interested in learning more. 2 of my kids started at a Montessori last year and I loved it, would love to someday homeschool Montessori all 4 kids still in school so would love to win this! weaverjungle@yahoo.com

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  26. wonderful! i liked raccoon school on fb! tinaoglesby1 @ gmail dot com

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  27. i subscribe to raccoon school via email

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  28. i liked healthy grean and frugal on fb!

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  29. i subscribed to healthy green and frugal via email as well :)

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  30. i shared about this giveaway on fb!

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  31. Liked it on fb,,,, swapna.mudaliar@gmail.com

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  32. Came to me at the perfect time. Following on Facebook and via email. I hope that it's my chance to win and follow my passion. Thank you.

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  33. I liked Raccoon School on fb
    ganderson77 at gmail dot com

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  34. I subscribed to Raccoon School via email.
    BTW, I stopped by because of the giveaway, but I SUBSCRIBED because I bounced around & really enjoyed what I read.
    I recently was also presented with the possibility my oldest son (almost 4) may have sensory processing issues...
    Thank you for your thoughtful discussion & ideas on the issue.
    P.S. I do really hope I win! I also have been trying to learn more about Montessori to help my little guys!

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  35. I "like" Raccoon School on Facebook (as Counterman)

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  36. I subscribe to Raccoon School via email

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  37. I "like" Healthy green and Frugal on facebook

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  38. I subscribe to Healthy, Green & Frugal via email.
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  39. Shared a link to this giveaway on my Facebook wall:

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=234601566573505&id=1742905692

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  40. We are so very excited to have found out about both of your blogs!!! thank you so much for this great chance to win this amazing learning experience---I am a SAHM of a beautiful 4yr old and we truly love the montessori methods so this would be such a gift to increase my knowdledge base for our learning at home. I subscribed to both blogs --ashley

    myashley@hotmail.com

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  41. I'm so excited about this giveaway! My daughter has some sensory processing issues. I've been researching a home-based Montessori program and found your blog! I did all 5... liked both on FB, shared a link on FB, and signed up for emails on both. cocojo.email@gmail.com

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  42. I "like" Raccoon School on Facebook.
    Thank you for hosting this great giveaway.

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  43. I "like" Healthy, Green & Frugal on Facebook.
    I am enjoying it very much. :)

    dinah.carolipio@gmail.com

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  44. I have subscribed to Raccoon School via email.

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  45. I just shared this giveaway on my Facebook wall.

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  46. I have done steps one and two to enter the giveaway. Plan on doing the last 3 steps soon! I adopted a little boy who was born meth addicted and has Shaken Baby Syndrome. The Montessori style works for us!!!

    amyfields417@yahoo.com

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  47. I have completed all five steps to enter. My son attend a Montessori preschool and I am considering opening a home day-care so I am very excited to have found your site. Thank you for sharing.
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  48. I liked Racoon School on facebook! Ally Verdone Moll

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  49. I liked Raccoon School on FB. :)

    Thanks!

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  50. I liked Healthy, Green and Frugal.

    Thanks. :)

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  51. I have liked Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook.

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  52. I like Raccoon School on Facebook.

    I also like Healthy, Green and Frugal on Facebook.

    hangerlady28150@yahoo.com

    Debra

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  53. found your site via Counting Coconuts on Facebook. I am a grandmother of a 2 year old and would love to know more about the Montesorri method to help him succeed! I "like" both your facebook pages, subscribed to both your newsletters & shared the info on my wall! Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity!

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  54. I fullfilled the requirements to enter this contest - I would love to win this!

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  55. Liked Racoon School and Healthy Green and Frugal on FB. Joined email feed for Racoon School.
    Coming back to read more about HSing and SPD.

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  56. like and shared at facebook :) (From Australia) faemum@tpg.com.au

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  57. I liked Healthy, Green and Frugal on facebook. Name is Laura M {Japanese surname}

    Jumped over after seeing Counting Coconuts post about it- off to read more of your blog! Yay for new finds!

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  58. I liked Raccoon School on facebook. Name is Laura M {Japanese surname}

    Thanks for great giveaway!

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  59. New fan of Raccoon School on FB! What an AMAZING giveaway!!
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  60. I am now a fan of Healthy, Green, and Frugal on FB.
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  61. I Liked Raccoon School on Facebook! I'm so excited about this! Julia -- Mommyjf@aol.com

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  62. I clicked like on Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook! Mommyjf@aol.com

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  63. i recently saw an ad for a job as a Montessori school teacher. This would go a long way to help me answer that ad.

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  64. thank you for your insight into karen's training course. i am all set to join her september class. i already use some montessori-type methods in my classroom and want to learn more. having the albums in hand would be exciting and with no tuition to pay, this would indeed be a sweet deal. i have liked raccoon school on facebook.

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  65. and oh yeah, i subscribed to your newsletter
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  66. i can't believe i forgot to add my email addy to my first post. hope it doesnt count against me. i have liked healthy green and frugal on facebook.
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  67. oh and i subscribed to healthy green also.
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  68. just posted a link to this info on my facebook page.
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  69. I "liked" raccoon school on FB. Thanks for a chance to win!
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  70. I "liked" healthy green on FB too. :-)
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  71. I am a new follower via email!! Can't wait to explore your blog more!

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  72. I am following Racoonschool on facebook too!:)

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  73. I am following you other blog via email too!

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  74. I am following your other blog via FB now too! :)

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  75. I shared this great giveaway on FB! I am so excited at the chance to win, I've been wanting to learn more about Montessori for our homeschool!

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  76. I am a SAHM and care for 2 other preschoolers and would love to use these tools in my programs.
    I did all 5 things requested:
    I Liked Raccoon School on Facebook
    I Subscribed to Raccoon School via email
    I Liked Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook
    I Subscribed to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email
    I Shared this post on my Facebook page.
    Thanks, Jen
    jmucciolo@shaw.ca

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  77. I have subscribed to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email.

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  78. Thank you for such a great oppourtunity. Have like both and subscribed to both.

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  79. I subscribe to Raccoon School via email. wise.o@hotmail.com

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  80. I now subscribe to Healthy, Green and Frugal blog.
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  81. I like Raccoon School on Facebook.
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  82. I like Healthy, Green and Frugal on Facebook.
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  83. I shared a link to this giveaway on Facebook.
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  84. oh i love this! i liked this on FB!!!
    jane.jasmine@gmail.com thanks!!

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  85. I liked Healthy, Green, and Frugal on FB!!
    jane.jasmine@gmail.com :-)

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  86. I subscribed to healthy, green, and frugal email! jane.jasmine@gmail.com :-)

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  87. I posted this on my FB site!! thanks!!!
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  88. I'm now a follower of your blog. :)

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  89. I like Raccoon School on Facebook!

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  90. I am now an email subscriber to Raccoon School.

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  91. I like Healthy, Green & Frugal on facebook.

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  92. I am now an email subscriber to Healthy, Green and Frugal

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  93. I just posted a link on facebook. keldarae@gmail.com

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  94. I like Raccoon School on FB

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  95. I subscribed to Raccoon School via email

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  96. I like Healthy Green & Frugal on FB

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  97. I subscribed to Healthy Green and Frugal via email

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  98. I shared this link on FB

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  99. I shared this link on FB. saradfarris at hotmail dot com. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  100. I liked Raccoon School on Facebook. And, by the way, what a fantastic giveaway. Color me impressed. cluccio at comcast.net

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  101. Signed up for blog for Raccoon School AND Healthy, Green and Frugal! bwvee@yahoo.com

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  102. Subscribe to Raccoon School via email

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  103. I like Healthy, Green, and Frugal on Facebook.

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  104. I like Raccoon School on Facebook.

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  105. I shared this post on my Facebook page.

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  106. ...and subscribed for Raccoon School via email

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  107. ... and I like Healthy Green and Frugal on FB

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  108. ...and subscribed to Healthy Green and Frugal on via email

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  109. and I shared this post on my FB page :)
    Thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway :)
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  110. Thank you for sharing this! I found your email on UUHomeschoolers and it made my morning. My email address is zenRN@verizon.net

    The following ways are how I entered the contest.
    1.Like Raccoon School on Facebook
    2.Subscribe to Raccoon School via email
    3.Like Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook
    5.Subsribe to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email

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  111. I have subscribed to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email.

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  112. I liked racoon school on facebook. dsnarvesen@hotmail.com

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  113. subscribed to raccoon school via email. -sonja dsnarvesen@hotmail.com

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  114. liked healthy green and frugal on facebook dsnarvesen@hotmail.com

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  115. subscribed to healthy green and frugal via email. dsnarvesen@hotmail.com

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  116. shared the post on my facebook. dsnarvesen@hotmail.com

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  117. This is a great giveaway and you have great blogs. I am learning so much! I just subscribed to Raccoon School via email. Keeping my fingers crossed. :) Thanks!

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  118. I just subscribed to Healthy, Green and Frugal. I'm always looking for tasty & healthier options to feed my family. Your chocolate cupcakes look divine!

    I try implementing various Montessori-inspired activities with my little homeschooler but often worry if I am providing enough options, if it's in the right order, etc. (I easily fall into worry-wort mode :S). So this training would be so so wonderful to win. Keeping my fingers crossed! :D Thanks for the chance.

    drt.carolipio@gmail.com

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  119. My wife turned me on to this, since I am the one doing the homeschooling now.

    I just liked Raccoon School on Facebook, signed up for the Raccoon School email, Liked Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook and signed up for the Healthy Green and Frugal email.

    My email address is bobcogs@verizon.net.

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  120. I like Raccoon School on Facebook.

    Debra

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  121. Excited!
    I liked Racoon School on Facebook and subscribed to Racoon School via email. Thank you!
    cpovolish@verizon.net

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  122. i was already a fan of raccoons now i liked the other one too... would love to learn more abt Montessori.
    email is swapna.mudaliar@gmail.com

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  123. I liked Healthy, Green & Frugal on face book. Nicole kenchu_misnic@yahoo.com

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  124. I liked raccoon school on fb, Nicole kenchu_misnic@yahoo.com

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  125. I Subscribe to Raccoon School via email Nicole kenchu_misnic@yahoo.com

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  126. I Subsribe to Healthy, Green and Frugal via email Nicole kenchu_misnic@yahoo.com

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  127. I shared this post on my FB. Nicole kenchu_misnic@yahoo.com

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  128. I like Healthy Green and Frugal on Facebook.
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  129. Greetings from Malaysia. My name is Waileng and I'm very interested to learn more on Montessori Curriculum. I'm a kindergarten teacher and I have a 6 month old daughter. I hope to use this opportunity to teach my child (when she grows up) and also children that attend my kindergarten. I've done all 5 as required.
    wwaileng196 [at] gmail [dot] com

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