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8 Great Reasons To Do Nature Study

5/22/2018
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If you had asked me, “Why do nature study?” when my children were young, I would have replied, “To get them outside and burn up some of that energy” (that we all wish we could tap into now at our ages). If you had asked the same question when they got a little older, I […] 8 Great Reasons To Do Nature Study originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:23:43

6 Nature Book Finds in Bellevue, Washington

5/15/2018
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On a recent conference trip to the Seattle, Washington, area, we had a couple of free hours on Thursday morning before we had to set up our booth. The weather was beautiful that day: high 70s and sunny. (We found out that those days are rare; and it was a good thing we took advantage […] 6 Nature Book Finds in Bellevue, Washington originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:44

New Free Book: Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way

5/9/2018
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227,000. That’s a lot of homeschoolers. When you see that many home educators reading one particular blog post series, you take notice. Which series is everyone reading? Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way. I wrote that series because it would have been helpful for me when I started homeschooling more than 20 years ago—a […] New Free Book: Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:06:03

History Streams in the SCM Curriculum

5/3/2018
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We have received several questions recently about history streams in our curriculum. So we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our streams and why we chose them. For those of you who may not be familiar with that term, streams, in an educational context, it is how we describe the practice of offering […] History Streams in the SCM Curriculum originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:13:29

3 Ways to Sabotage Lifelong Learners

4/25/2018
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We talked last time about how learning is a continuous process. It’s something that should happen your whole life. And if you use six Charlotte Mason methods, you can educate yourself on many, many things without depending on a teacher or a class. You can and should self-educate. But sadly, for some adults self-education holds […] 3 Ways to Sabotage Lifelong Learners originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:09

Charlotte Mason for Grown-Ups

4/19/2018
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What’s your dream? Chances are if you have a dream, you will need to learn some things to get you there. Brittney has a dream to give her children a rich and enjoyable home education that will launch them into adult life well prepared. She wants to learn more about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. Geoff would […] Charlotte Mason for Grown-Ups originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:37

Setting Your Child Up for Success in His Surroundings

4/11/2018
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As I type these words, I am having a problem. It’s not that I’m struggling with the content; I have a good handle on what we’re going to discuss in this post. It’s not an issue with the skills required; I know quite well how to type and how to work my computer. No, the […] Setting Your Child Up for Success in His Surroundings originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:13:08

Top Three Habits for a Homeschool Mom

3/20/2018
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I was chatting with a young mom today about habit training, and she asked a great question. We had talked about how important it is to have living examples for our children to see and spend time with as they form good habits. She had also made the connection that parents are, of necessity, one […] Top Three Habits for a Homeschool Mom originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:15:40

New 2018–19 Calendar by Karen Andreola: Hope for Tomorrow

3/16/2018
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We are excited to announce that this year’s personal calendar journal is written by Karen Andreola. Many of you know Karen as the beloved author of A Charlotte Mason Companion. Her gentle and practical wisdom has lighted the way for thousands to enter into Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and enjoyable methods. Karen has written twelve encouraging […] New 2018–19 Calendar by Karen Andreola: Hope for Tomorrow originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:04:36

You Move Toward What You Focus On

3/6/2018
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When we lived near Chicago, my husband John rode his bike for long treks in all kinds of weather. He liked to take the roads that led out of our suburb and into relatively undeveloped country, because they were less traveled. The upside of those roads was less traffic. The downside was that they had […] You Move Toward What You Focus On originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:06:16

10 Mistakes Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers Should Avoid

2/27/2018
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Most of the time I like to focus on the positive and think about what I should do. But sometimes it can be just as helpful to turn that around and consider what not to do. Flipping things over sometimes helps bring to light a concept that we haven’t noticed before. So just for a […] 10 Mistakes Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers Should Avoid originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:29

Book Review: The Naturalist’s Notebook

2/20/2018
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(The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You by Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich, Storey Publishing, 2017.) I’ve discovered something about nature study. It’s not a static activity. By that I mean, it’s not just one-dimensional: go outside, observe, record in your nature notebook. […] Book Review: The Naturalist’s Notebook originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:07:31

When Your Student Mentally Checks Out

2/13/2018
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We’ve all seen those looks: the glazed-over eyes, the dulled expressions, the partly-concealed yawns. Let’s face it, sometimes our children just “check out” during the school day. What is a homeschool parent to do? Charlotte Mason gave great advice for those situations. “When a child grows stupid over a lesson, it is time to put […] When Your Student Mentally Checks Out originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:04:47

Homeschooling with Preschoolers in the Mix

2/7/2018
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Certainly one of the biggest challenges facing a homeschool mom or dad is trying to teach with little ones underfoot. You might have laid out the best plans in the world, but those plans might never become a reality if you fail to consider the preschoolers in your home. They can be quite distracting to […] Homeschooling with Preschoolers in the Mix originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:06:19

Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education

1/31/2018
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DIY—Do It Yourself. For some of you, those initials generate great excitement! Images of potential projects arise in your imagination and you can hardly wait to dive into a new one. Others of you get tired just looking at those initials. To you, DIY stands for a pile of decisions and precious time that you […] Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:23:00

Not Pride and Prejudice

1/24/2018
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Near the end of Jane Austen’s classic book, Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy makes a startling statement that sums up why he struggled so much in winning Elizabeth Bennet’s regard. It is startling because he puts his finger on a practice that many parents might inadvertently be doing today. “I was given good principles,” Darcy […] Not Pride and Prejudice originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:06:39

Starting Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in High School

1/16/2018
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I recently watched a rehearsal for a folk dancing group. There were only five ladies on the floor, but the dances were quite involved. Each lady held half of a hula hoop in an arch over her head as they all stepped in time to a lulling waltz, forming intricate designs that gently changed into […] Starting Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in High School originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:24:32

Narration and Composition in the High School Years

1/10/2018
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Of all of the questions we received on homeschooling through high school with the Charlotte Mason Method, the area that raised the most concerns, by far, was composition. I find that fact interesting . . . and a bit ironic. Think about it. Most of us were given the traditional and typical separate classes focused […] Narration and Composition in the High School Years originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:30:15

A Generation of Charlotte Mason Kids

1/2/2018
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(We asked Karen Andreola to share some of her thoughts and experiences with Charlotte Mason graduates and how they get on in college and in life. I feel certain you’ll enjoy what she has to say.) A couple summers ago my daughter and son-in-law were between churches. They moved an hour from where they used […] A Generation of Charlotte Mason Kids originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:14

How Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Prepares a Student for College and Life

12/27/2017
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Last week a friend recommended a book. After she told me about it, I looked it up online and read the summary and the publisher’s description. They looked good. From everything so far, it seemed to be a great book. But I wanted to do one more thing before buying in: read some reviews from […] How Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Prepares a Student for College and Life originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:31

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