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5 Tips for a Smooth Morning

11/13/2018
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We talk a lot about your school schedule and how to make it work for you and your students. But what about that block of time before school starts? That part of your morning can have a big impact on your school day. If breakfast is pleasant, chores get done, and the children gather in […] 5 Tips for a Smooth Morning originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:20:09

Announcing the Charlotte Mason Together Retreat

11/8/2018
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For many years now I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect location at which to hold a gathering of all of us, my Charlotte Mason friends (and I count you as one of those friends) and I. Because I wanted this get-together to be very special, I had a long list of requirements for […] Announcing the Charlotte Mason Together Retreat originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:09:50

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

11/5/2018
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Joan wanted a garden. In her mind this garden would provide colorful, fresh, healthful vegetables for her family. She could picture the lovely yellow peppers, delicious sweet onions, and bright red tomatoes. In fact, she could almost taste the fresh salsa! But Joan was new to this whole gardening thing. She knew it involved putting […] Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Is Not One-Size-Fits-All originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:06

Using Language Well, Book 3, Is Here!

11/2/2018
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Using Language Well, Book 3, focuses the spotlight on analyzing sentences. We recommend it for grades 7 and 8, and it is available now! Learning how to analyze sentences is an important skill for your student to have in order to continue to grow in her ability to communicate well. When she analyzes a sentence, […] Using Language Well, Book 3, Is Here! originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:08:20

10 Smartphone Hacks for Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers

10/29/2018
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A smartphone is a tool. It isn’t good or bad in and of itself. It’s just a tool; it’s up to you how you use it. I encourage you to make sure that you use technology in a way that reinforces the knowledge and the habits that you are trying to instill in your child’s […] 10 Smartphone Hacks for Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:35

New Narration Notecards Are Here!

10/25/2018
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Narration is such a powerful tool when done correctly. The foundational way is simply to retell what you read or heard in your own words. If you’re just getting started with narration, you may need to start with reading only a paragraph or one page in order to retain all of that information, process it, […] New Narration Notecards Are Here! originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:05

5 Questions to Ask about Your Schedule

10/23/2018
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A slip of paper. That’s all. A slip of paper. I find it very interesting that the word schedule comes from the Latin for “a slip of paper.” Can you imagine? When Charlotte Mason homeschoolers talk about schedules, somehow it takes on much more significance than a slip of paper. We read books about how […] 5 Questions to Ask about Your Schedule originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:18:21

Productive Afternoons in Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

10/17/2018
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I love how, with the Charlotte Mason approach, you’re done with lessons by lunch time. Younger students in her schools were done by 11:30, middle students by 12:00, and older students by 1:00. It’s so refreshing to focus head-down for a few hours and then relax. The variety of subjects covered during those hours helps […] Productive Afternoons in Charlotte Mason Homeschooling originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:20:07

2019 Calendar Journal Now Available: Hope for Tomorrow

10/11/2018
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I am so happy to announce that the 2019 calendar journal is available, because it combines four things that I like to keep near me during the year. In some ways the year seems to fly by; but in other ways, there is a lot of time and life that passes between January and December. […] 2019 Calendar Journal Now Available: Hope for Tomorrow originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:35

Switching to Charlotte Mason from Unschooling

10/9/2018
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If you’re switching from an unschooling approach to the Charlotte Mason Method, here’s a little advice to keep in mind. If you’re not sure what “unschooling” is, it might help to take a moment and watch the video, Five Flavors of Homeschooling. But if you know what unschooling is, you’ve had first-hand experience with unschooling, […] Switching to Charlotte Mason from Unschooling originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:10

Switching to Charlotte Mason from Unit Studies

10/2/2018
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Some people think that a Charlotte Mason approach is a unit study approach. But there are some key differences between the two methods. And if you’re making the change from unit studies to Charlotte Mason in your homeschool, you need to understand those differences. Let’s take a look at them by first exploring three tendencies […] Switching to Charlotte Mason from Unit Studies originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:13:44

Switching to Charlotte Mason from Classical

9/26/2018
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I’m often asked, “Is Charlotte Mason classical?” Homeschoolers can debate that question all day. Here’s my take on it: If by “classical” you mean appreciating and using classic literature; cultivating good character; focusing on what is good, true, noble, and beautiful; and spreading a wide feast that includes art and music and poetry and Shakespeare […] Switching to Charlotte Mason from Classical originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:39

Switching to Charlotte Mason from Textbooks

9/19/2018
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We all come to Charlotte Mason from different backgrounds. Perhaps your homeschool background has been mainly using traditional methods and materials like textbooks and workbooks, study guides and worksheets. If that’s the case, you may find that you have a tendency to think about education in certain ways, and those thoughts might trip you up […] Switching to Charlotte Mason from Textbooks originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:13:09

Switching to Charlotte Mason from a Classroom

9/10/2018
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about tendencies and tips for those who are making the transition to using a Charlotte Mason approach in their home schools. We all come from different backgrounds and those backgrounds can act like magnets. It seems like they constantly try to pull our thoughts back in that […] Switching to Charlotte Mason from a Classroom originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:07

Starting Charlotte Mason from Scratch

9/4/2018
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We’ve been talking about making the transition to using Charlotte Mason methods in your homeschool. All of us come from different backgrounds and those backgrounds influence our thinking. That’s only natural. In the next few articles, I’d like to walk through some of those background scenarios and offer you some ideas that might help you […] Starting Charlotte Mason from Scratch originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:09:53

A Mental Shift—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Part 6

8/28/2018
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We’ve been talking about how to make the transition to the Charlotte Mason method in your homeschool. Some people are ready to dive in with both feet; others feel more comfortable easing into it step by step. So I’ve been outlining a way to make that transition in five stages. I hope you feel free […] A Mental Shift—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Part 6 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:17:26

Add More Variety—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 5

8/21/2018
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Over the past few weeks we have been walking through how you can make a transition to the Charlotte Mason approach in your home school in stages, getting comfortable at each stage before you move on to the next one. If you haven’t read the posts for Stages 1–4, I encourage you to do that […] Add More Variety—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 5 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:39

The Right Stuff—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 4

8/15/2018
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We’ve been talking about how to make the transition to the Charlotte Mason method in your homeschool, easing into it little by little. We’ve talked already about Stages 1–3: The Basics, Once a Week, and Everyday Subjects. I recommend that you read those posts if you haven’t already. Today we want to do Stage 4. […] The Right Stuff—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 4 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:15:21

Daily Mind Food—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 3

8/8/2018
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We’ve been discussing how to make the transition to the Charlotte Mason method in five stages. We’ve already talked about Stage 1: The Basics and Stage 2: things you will do just Once a Week. Today, let’s look at Stage 3, which is two things that I want you to start doing every day. Literature […] Daily Mind Food—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 3 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:09:25

Simple Weekly Subjects—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 2

7/31/2018
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We’ve been talking about how to make the transition to the Charlotte Mason method in five stages. Last time we talked about Stage 1: The Basics. Today let’s move on to Stage 2: Once a Week. The Once-a-Week stage is comprised of five subjects that are not hard to do, and you do each one […] Simple Weekly Subjects—How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 2 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:17:42