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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

How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 1

7/25/2018
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Today I’d like to discuss a question that I hear frequently. It goes something like this: “The more I hear about the Charlotte Mason method, the more I become convinced that this is the method that’s going to fit my family best. This is what I want to do. Currently, I’m doing ____. How do […] How to Switch to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Stage 1 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:13:07

A Project Week Idea

7/18/2018
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When my children were younger, we would always run out of time to do hands-on projects. By the time we got out all the materials and cleared a space for the activity, we had about ten minutes to work on it before we had to begin cleaning up. How frustrating! It became easier and easier […] A Project Week Idea originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:07:16

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Nature Study

7/9/2018
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As we wrap up our series on nature study, I thought you might enjoy a highlights list of do’s and don’ts from Charlotte’s counsel to parents. Some of these tidbits of wisdom we have already covered in the series, but there are a few others that may be new to you. I’m not going to […] 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Nature Study originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:36

5 Great Nature Projects (plus a few more)

7/2/2018
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During the past few weeks we have been sharing that there is more to nature study than just spending time outside. The well-rounded science education that Charlotte Mason described for her students included outdoor field work, living science books, natural object lessons, and special nature projects—all documented in each child’s personal nature notebook. Today we […] 5 Great Nature Projects (plus a few more) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:12:12

Natural Object Lessons

6/26/2018
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Nature study is such a great way to help our children (and ourselves) develop a personal relation with God’s creation around us. Some children take to it quite naturally; others appreciate a little guidance and encouragement. That’s where object lessons can help. When Charlotte encouraged us to use object lessons to supplement nature study, she […] Natural Object Lessons originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:35

Nature Study, Plus Living Books

6/20/2018
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I hope you have been enjoying our series on nature study. We have talked about why Charlotte Mason included nature study in the curriculum line-up, when we should do nature study, the big picture of what it looks like, and some specifics on creating a nature notebook. Today we’re going to discuss what we need […] Nature Study, Plus Living Books originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:00

The Secret of the Nature Notebook

6/13/2018
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“Where do I find a nature notebook?” “What does it look like?” “How do we go about creating a nature notebook? Is there a template somewhere?” Questions like these cross my desk regularly. So let’s reveal the secret of the mysterious nature notebook. The secret is: it’s empty. That’s right. When you first get a […] The Secret of the Nature Notebook originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:08:35

Nature Study in a Nutshell

6/6/2018
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So far in this series we’ve talked about all the great benefits that we and our children can gain from doing nature study. We’ve also addressed Charlotte Mason’s encouragement to get outside one half-day per week, all year round. That all sounds great, but sometimes there is confusion about what to do once you step […] Nature Study in a Nutshell originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:13

When Should I Do Nature Study?

5/29/2018
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Have you ever noticed that the question When? has many facets? For example, if a person asked, “When should we go to the park?,” the reply could be any number of things. The person asking might be a mama who has an older soccer player and a newborn in her household. She might be addressing […] When Should I Do Nature Study? originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:16:48

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