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We are looking into moving from Charlotte, NC to Huntsville, Alabama. My daughter has been a Montessori student since kindergarten and I want to be able to find a good school for her to go to in Huntsville. The only montessori that I've found is about $8000 a year. Right now my daughter goes to a public montessori which is free (thank goodness). Does anyone know of a school that might suit her needs and our lifestyle? Are there any hippies living in the area? I'm scared to move! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#008000;">Have you made your move yet? My name is Kym, I live in Russellville, AL but I am originally from Massachusetts. Russellville is about 45 minutes out of Huntsville. I don't know of any Montessori schools, my son is only 2 but I wanted to introduce myself and say hello since it can be hard to find other hippie mamas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger"> in the area. You'll probably fare better in that department in Huntsville than I do out here though. What do you think of Alabama so far?<br><br>
~<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/namaste.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Namaste"> Kym</span></span>
 

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I found it easy to find crunchy folks once I knew where to look. I don't know about Montessori, but i do know there are natural minded mom meetups in the libraries there in HSV and in the bookstores. And with the internet surely you could find some friends with similar interests.<br><br>
An amazing store called Pearly Gates just off Bob White parkway(I think) is full of everythiing you'd need for herbal care and natural foods.
 

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Oh and just next door to Pearly Gates was a store called Huffmans? Babies to Teens. Walk in and be wowed. Full of cloth diapers, nursing supplies, great furniture and carseats.
 

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Go to A nurturing moment and there is also a forum for <a href="http://www.northalmoms.com/smf/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.northalmoms.com/smf/index.php</a> north al moms <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> There are baby wearing groups and birth stories.. and there is a thread going on about montessori schools right now
 

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Thank goodness you all posted replies. I was getting scared that I was going to be the lone hippie mama in Huntsville! LOL We haven't moved yet...probably in about 2-3 weeks we'll be there. We've been getting the house ready, etc. I did find a private school where I can trade my skills as a teacher's aid for my daughter's tuition. It's a pretty small school and my hours mirror hers. That way I can be home with her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
I'm definitely going to hunt down all hippie haunts...herbal stores, etc. I did walk around EarthFare the other day when I was in town....sigh...I love EarthFare...just wish it wasn't so darn expensive to be a hippie! LOL
 

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Thank you Huntsville mamas! I am dropping my son off at Space Camp on Sunday. My other travel companion is my food allergic DD. I was worried about places to buy food for her, until I read that there is an Earth Fare (which is near our hotel).
 

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where are you hippie mommas and papas? i see some of you at EarthFare but where else do you go? I would love to meet up for play dates evenings and/or weekends in Huntsville/Madison. I have a 2yr DS and 4yr DD. Oh, please! We live near Dublin Park!
 

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I'm in Huntsville. And my son goes to the Montessori School of Huntsville. Though, he's in preprimary. (3-6, they call it "preprimary" at his school)<br><br>
Definitely check out A Nurturing Moment! And pick up a copy of Valley Babies, even if you don't have a baby, there is a handy resource guide in there.<br><br>
I co-lead our local Attachment Parenting International group. We have lots of events this month, pm me if your interested and/or look for our group on facebook and/or meetup.
 

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<p>I would love to make friends with some other earth mamas in the HSV area! My husband is a fireman so I am stuck with a very high needs baby for long stretches and most of my girlfriends do not have babies (and don't want them!) so I could seriously use some mamas! I am a native Huntsvillian and know all the great spots for those of us that live a more natural lifestyle and like to support local folks. And if anyone knows of some groups, I would love to be informed!</p>
 
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