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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

New Preschool Resource: Our Preschool Life

6/7/2019
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I talk to mamas all over the country who are feeling pressure with their preschoolers. They’re being pressured to push academics, to focus on reading and writing and math facts with their three-, four-, and five-year-olds. Perhaps you’re the mother of a young child and you have felt that pressure. Let me reassure you that […] New Preschool Resource: Our Preschool Life originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:08:05

Your Questions Answered: Preschool Activities

6/3/2019
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The biggest job that a preschool child has is to explore his surroundings and make sense of the world around him. As he uses his five senses, he’s forming crucial connections in his brain. And those connections will help him be prepared for later challenges like formal school work. But pushing the school work first […] Your Questions Answered: Preschool Activities originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:45:24

Preschool Priorities

5/27/2019
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Young children spend the first five or six years of their lives busily making sense out of life around them. Their brains are on overdrive: observing, categorizing, comparing, discriminating, problem solving, experimenting, testing, assimilating. For example, let’s say you hand your child a spherical object and tell him that it is a ball. Over the […] Preschool Priorities originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:28:15

Favorite Middle Ages and Renaissance Books for the Whole Family

5/20/2019
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We’ve been sharing our favorite books for studying the Middle Ages and Renaissance, telling a little about each title and breaking it down by age range. So far we’ve covered grades 1–3, grades 4–6, grades 7–9, and grades 10–12. What’s left? Well, today I want to give you some titles that are great for all […] Favorite Middle Ages and Renaissance Books for the Whole Family originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:12:19

Let Us Not Grow Weary

5/14/2019
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I just spent a weekend at a conference with some wonderful homeschooling mamas: some who are new to homeschooling and some who are veterans. As I was chatting with one mama who is just in the midst of her first year, she told me something that made me pause and ponder. This mama explained that […] Let Us Not Grow Weary originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration:00:10:37