Charlotte Mason · Family & Fun · Homeschooling · Nature · Nature Journals · Nature study · Nature Walks

We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

That’s right.  Even if this blog has been quiet lately, we’ve been keeping ourselves busily occupied as always.  I somehow have just not found the time to let you all know about it!  So I’ll do a little catch up post.  Here goes: We came home from our summer vacation to find half of our garden… Continue reading We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling · Schedule

Back to School! 2013/2014 Curriculum and Schedule

Okay!  We’re back from our huge, amazing, highly educational road trip across the country (you can read all about it here), and after two weeks of readjusting to normal life in a house in the same place day after day, I think we’re ready to start school.  Yipee! History, Bible, and Science If you’ve read… Continue reading Back to School! 2013/2014 Curriculum and Schedule

Charlotte Mason · Family & Fun · Homeschooling

Habit Training in Children

When I first heard the term ‘habit training’ as I was exploring the Charlotte Mason method of education, I thought to myself, “Hmmm.  That’s an interesting way to put it.”  I already knew the importance of child training — that a child left to himself is a disgrace. (Proverbs 29:15 NIV)  I had just never… Continue reading Habit Training in Children

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling

Want to Try a Different Approach for Summer Math?

So summer is almost here, and it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy life.  And if you’re like me, you’re hoping for a chance to get to all those fun projects and activities you never found time for during the school year.  For us, those activities will hopefully include crafts, swimming, nature hikes and nature journals,… Continue reading Want to Try a Different Approach for Summer Math?

Charlotte Mason · Composer Study · Homeschooling

Music Appreciation for Kids

Is it possible for kids to learn to appreciate classical music?  How does one learn to enjoy such complex compositions of music? And what about hymns…and folk songs…? Questions like these may leave some of us thinking that teaching music appreciation to kids is a daunting task at best, especially when we may not have a background in… Continue reading Music Appreciation for Kids

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling · Picture Study

Learning to Appreciate Art

We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture.  –Charlotte Mason As I noted in my post… Continue reading Learning to Appreciate Art

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling · Narration

The Art of Narration

Narration develops the power of self-expression and forces the child to use his own mind and form his own judgment. — Karen Andreola,  A Charlotte Mason Companion As I wrote in my post, Why I Want to Give My Children a Charlotte Mason Education,  we use narration in our homeschool.  Narration simply means retelling what… Continue reading The Art of Narration