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2018 Calendar Journal Now Available

9/19/2017
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My husband and I used to ride tandem bicycles around Chicagoland. We would throw on our biking clothes and go for miles on the Rails to Trails paths. During our bicycling days, I learned two very important lessons. First, I’m most apt to lose my balance when I’m riding uphill. Those climbs can throw off […] 2018 Calendar Journal Now Available originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:03:45


Your Questions about High School the Charlotte Mason Way

9/13/2017
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It’s exciting to talk to more and more homeschoolers who are educating their children through high school. Those high school years can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time, and Charlotte Mason’s methods give a great balance between discipline and enjoyment in high school. But those same parents with older students often confide […] Your Questions about High School the Charlotte Mason Way originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:04:00


Happy Results: Jill C’s Journey to Charlotte Mason

9/6/2017
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Many homeschool moms, as they learn more about Charlotte Mason’s methods, get a funny look on their faces and say something like, “That’s what I’ve been trying to do all along, because . . . well, it just makes sense. You mean, that has a name?” It’s so rewarding to watch faces light up, burdens […] Happy Results: Jill C’s Journey to Charlotte Mason originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:06:18


How Fiction Helps Children Grow

8/30/2017
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My youngest has been traveling to conventions with us over the past few months. Amid the different locations and changing venues, she has held tightly to one constant: on every trip she brings a classic children’s literature book. These books are her old friends: Little House in the Big Woods; Charlotte’s Web; Winnie-the-Pooh; Farmer Boy; […] How Fiction Helps Children Grow originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:07:56


5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Willpower

8/22/2017
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Joey sits in his room and plays video games hour after hour, sulking anytime he is asked to do anything else. Samantha pitches a fit when she is told she may not have a cookie right now. Alex stares out the window instead of doing his math lesson. Cassie quits halfway through washing the car, […] 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Willpower originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:08:35


Charlotte Mason and The Marshmallow Test

8/16/2017
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Four-year-old Susie sits at a little table in a plain room, listening intently. “Susie, which do you like better: one marshmallow or two marshmallows?” the nice lady asks as she points to the sweet treats sitting on paper plates on the tabletop. Susie’s face lights up. “Two marshmallows,” she confides with a smile, casting a […] Charlotte Mason and The Marshmallow Test originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:08:37


Happy Results: Arline E.’s Scripture Memory Story

8/9/2017
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It’s so much fun explaining the Scripture Memory System to people when I speak at conventions around the country. When they realize that their whole family can memorize new Bible passages plus review all the verses they have learned in just 5–10 minutes per day, it’s like a light comes on. They get it! But […] Happy Results: Arline E.’s Scripture Memory Story originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:02:47


A Beautiful Scripture Memory Box

8/3/2017
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For many years we have encouraged families to memorize Scripture with a simple and effective system. In just five or ten minutes a day you can continually learn new passages plus review every verse you’ve learned. Many of you have let us know how much that system means to you and how the habit of […] A Beautiful Scripture Memory Box originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:04:18


The CM Organizer Has a Fresh New Look!

7/26/2017
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For several months now we have been busily working behind the scenes on an update to the CM Organizer, and today we’re thrilled to announce the exciting news: the CM Organizer has an attractive new look! It’s still the same great online planner and record-keeper that helps you save time and stay organized; we’ve just […] The CM Organizer Has a Fresh New Look! originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:03:31


Good Habits, Great Books, and Guided Discovery

7/18/2017
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You have, no doubt, heard of the 3 Rs when it comes to education: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. (Why writing is considered an R, I don’t know, but let’s just keep going.) Those three Rs make it simple to summarize what the teacher is focused on giving the students. Well, we came up with 3 […] Good Habits, Great Books, and Guided Discovery originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:04:23


Announcing Four Wonderful New Picture Study Portfolios

7/12/2017
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Today we are pleased to announce four new artists have been added to our collection of Picture Study Portfolios. You may recognize some of their names: Raphael, Cassatt, Rubens, and Homer. Raphael is known for his portrayals of cherubic angels and peaceful Madonnas, but there is more to his work than that. He also composed […] Announcing Four Wonderful New Picture Study Portfolios originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:03:31


Happy Results: Elsie L’s Picture Study Story

7/5/2017
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Picture study is a simple Charlotte Mason method, taking only a few minutes each week. Yet that practice can yield wonderful results. Lingering with one artist and allowing the students to look closely and carefully at his work—to look for themselves—is the key. When children are allowed to do that, they are free to form […] Happy Results: Elsie L’s Picture Study Story originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:05:10


How Large Is Your Student’s Room?

6/28/2017
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We’re not talking about blueprints and square footage today. Rather, the question, How large is your student’s room?, refers to a powerful passage that Charlotte Mason wrote in School Education. It’s not about architecture; it’s about curriculum. Let me explain. Picture a toddler who is learning about this world. That toddler wants to explore everything […] How Large Is Your Student’s Room? originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:06:41


Inside the 6 Volumes of the Original Home Schooling Series

6/20/2017
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Charlotte Mason’s original six-volume series is a wealth of ideas, encouragement, and good humor. The books are not easy reading, but they are rich reading. You will gain much insight and confidence if you spend even ten minutes a day reading and then narrating to yourself what you have read. I often get asked, “Which […] Inside the 6 Volumes of the Original Home Schooling Series originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:06:45


The “Pinks” Are Back

6/14/2017
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I’ve had two constant companions over the 20 years that I’ve been homeschooling: my husband John and my pink six-volume set of The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason. Several years ago we had the privilege of getting to know Dean and Karen Andreola. Such wonderful people! One of the first things we did […] The “Pinks” Are Back originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:02:29


Happy Results: Heather F.’s Nature Study Story

6/6/2017
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Of the many gifts that we can give our children, one of the greatest is a love of nature. And the sooner we encourage that relationship, the more time they will have to develop it and enjoy its benefits. Charlotte Mason described such a gift like this: “A love of Nature, implanted so early that […] Happy Results: Heather F.’s Nature Study Story originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:03:02


A Flowing Stream

5/30/2017
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Once upon a time there was a little village nestled at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Its greatest treasure was a sparkling, life-giving stream that flowed right down the center. The people who lived near that stream were happy and vibrant. One day the Town Council gathered to go over the budget, and they came […] A Flowing Stream originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:04:21


Keeping Your Balance, 2017–18 Calendar Journal

5/23/2017
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Balance is a needful, but often elusive, state. We yearn for it, yet often we don’t consciously think about it until it’s gone. When life is humming along smoothly, we don’t usually focus on possible tweaks and changes we may need to make. It’s when we lose our balance and things get wobbly, or come […] Keeping Your Balance, 2017–18 Calendar Journal originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:03:36


You Need All Three: Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life

5/16/2017
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If you have ever sat on a three-legged stool, you know how important the three legs are to keeping your balance. Take away any of the legs and the stool becomes unstable. It’s the same with a Charlotte Mason education. Charlotte described her philosophy of education in three words—three legs of a stool, if you […] You Need All Three: Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:04:40


Get Your Student in the Word

5/11/2017
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I have a little saying that sums up my goals for my children’s Bible lessons: Get the Word in your children and your children in the Word. The first part of that goal—get the Word in your children—is done through short, daily Scripture Memory. The second part of that goal—get your children in the Word—reflects […] Get Your Student in the Word originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

Duration: 00:06:00

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