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Is Your Child Strong-Willed or Weak-Willed?

10/15/2019
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A few weeks ago I did a post on the Way of the Will as a little refresher course on how Charlotte Mason explained the will and how it works. Many of you responded with requests for more on that subject. So today we’re going to touch on another aspect of the will, and I […] Is Your Child Strong-Willed or Weak-Willed? originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:33

Your Questions Answered: Favorite CM Moments

10/8/2019
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Today my friend and co-worker Laura Pitney is with me to share some of our favorite moments using the Charlotte Mason method. Sonya: I’m thinking back on it, now that I’ve graduated three out of my four kids, and I can see a lot more, I wouldn’t necessarily say, you know, “top moments,” but there […] Your Questions Answered: Favorite CM Moments originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:16:59

How to Read History

10/1/2019
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When I was a little girl, I would go visit my grandparents once or twice a year. I quickly figured out that things at my grandparents’ house were different from my own house. They had different-looking furniture; they watched different TV shows and played different games; they had different toys for me to play with; […] How to Read History originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:15:44

Favorite Early Modern Books for Grades 1–3

9/24/2019
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Today I’d like to share some of my favorite living books for early elementary students, those in grades 1–3, covering history during the years of 1550–1850 or so. I’m going to share titles for both American history and world history during that era, often called Early Modern. I think it’s helpful to study American history […] Favorite Early Modern Books for Grades 1–3 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:20:48

Nature Walk or Nature Study?

9/17/2019
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In a Charlotte Mason Homeschool, we know we should do nature study once a week, or is that a nature walk once a week? What’s the difference, anyway? Let’s figure this out. Joining me today is my longtime friend and co-creator of Simply Charlotte Mason, Karen Smith. Karen is my go-to person for anything nature […] Nature Walk or Nature Study? originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:12:51

Your Questions Answered: Not Repeating Yourself

9/10/2019
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Today I’m joined by my friend and co-worker, Laura Pitney, to do another installment of Your Questions Answered. The question for today is quite interesting: “You say not to repeat yourself, but I’m wondering how you teach this? I have a five year old. Let’s say I get her attention, look directly into her eyes, […] Your Questions Answered: Not Repeating Yourself originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:21:19

The Way of the Will

9/3/2019
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I was recently talking with a group of parents, and in the course of our time together, I mentioned how important it is to make sure our young adults know how the will works. Well, all of the parents in that group wanted a refresher course on the way of the will, as Charlotte Mason […] The Way of the Will originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:17

Favorite Early Modern Books for the Whole Family

8/27/2019
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Today I’m sharing some great books that will guide your whole family through the time in history that we call Early Modern, about 1550 through 1850 or so. It’s an exciting time period with a lot happening all around the world, including a fledgling country that we now know as the United States. I think […] Favorite Early Modern Books for the Whole Family originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:11:47

Your Questions Answered: Audiobooks in a Charlotte Mason Home School

8/20/2019
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My friend and coworker, Laura Pitney is with me today for another episode of Your Questions Answered. Today’s question is What is the place of audiobooks in a Charlotte Mason home school? Laura: That is a great question for sure. Sonya: Let’s talk about benefits first, how they can be very helpful to a homeschool […] Your Questions Answered: Audiobooks in a Charlotte Mason Home School originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:18:45

Using Subject Cards to Plan Your Homeschool Schedule

8/13/2019
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Planning for your home school can sometimes seem overwhelming. But let me encourage you that the more you do it, the easier it gets. And today I want to share with you a quick and simple trick I use when I’m trying to lay out a weekly schedule and a daily schedule. I’ve been using […] Using Subject Cards to Plan Your Homeschool Schedule originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:15:17

5 Things to Remember When Planning Your Charlotte Mason Homeschool

8/6/2019
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It’s that time of year again — the season when many of us get the itch to plan our next school year. Whether you’re just starting out or have been doing this for decades, here are five friendly reminders—just five ideas to keep in mind as you plan for your Charlotte Mason homeschool this coming […] 5 Things to Remember When Planning Your Charlotte Mason Homeschool originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:27

Your Questions Answered: Narration with Multiple Children

7/31/2019
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Today my friend and coworker, Laura Pitney, is with me to discuss a question that we received about narration: “With more than one child in the phase of doing oral narration, how do I have them each do a narration on what we read together without them just copying the child that goes first? At […] Your Questions Answered: Narration with Multiple Children originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:21:59

5 Steps to Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education

7/22/2019
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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 […] 5 Steps to Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:23:00

Using the 6-Year History Cycle

7/15/2019
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In this post I want to show you a little technique that I use to help me think through, adjust, and fine tune our history cycle to fit different family situations. We’re going to answer this question: Why do you have a six-year history cycle and how can I use it with multiple children? So […] Using the 6-Year History Cycle originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:27

Working On Best Effort During the Summer

7/9/2019
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We talked last time about how the summer months can be a great time to give focused effort in habit-training, even if you’re taking that time off from schoolwork. Especially if you’re taking that time off from schoolwork! When you don’t have lessons to prepare and complete, you can invest your time and energy in […] Working On Best Effort During the Summer originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:14:19

Working On Attention During the Summer

7/2/2019
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When I was a girl, I took piano lessons. I would practice diligently during the school year, but my teacher always gave her students the summer off. So I got used to not practicing during the summer months. Later, in high school, I switched to a different teacher, and she had a completely different mind-set. […] Working On Attention During the Summer originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:23:22

Your Questions Answered: Homeschooling with Preschoolers in the Mix

6/26/2019
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One of the biggest challenges a homeschool mom faces is trying to get schoolwork done with preschoolers in the mix. My friends Jenn Faas and Laura Pitney are here to help me discuss this today. Sonya: Between all of us, we’ve had 13 preschool kids. And you have one currently and a baby, right, […] Your Questions Answered: Homeschooling with Preschoolers in the Mix originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:29:15

Two New Music Studies Now Available

6/19/2019
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Charlotte Mason believed that music is a necessary part of education. And not just haphazard music; she encouraged us to “Let the young people hear good music as often as possible, and that under instruction” (Formation of Character, p. 235). Now, maybe you’re not a musician and aren’t quite sure how to make that happen. […] Two New Music Studies Now Available originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:04:53

Top 10 (or 20) Picture Books for Preschoolers

6/17/2019
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Today I’m sharing some of my absolute favorite picture books for 3 to 5 year olds. These are picture books that you will want to read to your child again and again. These are books that, if your preschooler grabs one off the shelf again (!) and brings it to you to read again (!), […] Top 10 (or 20) Picture Books for Preschoolers originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:21:32

How to Choose a Good Picture Book

6/11/2019
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Do a quick search on Amazon for picture books, and you are suddenly faced with more than 60,000 titles. Think of it: 60,000 picture books to choose from. That’s a lot of books! In fact, if you could stack all of those picture books one on top of the other, the stack would reach to […] How to Choose a Good Picture Book originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:17:47