Scouting for Wild Ones: A Review of a Homeschool Scouting Curriculum
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Scouting for Wild Ones: A Review of a Homeschool Scouting Curriculum

The latest addition to our Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum is scouting skills. Scouting doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as other Charlotte Mason staples, like nature study or artist study. However, there are strong connections. The modern scouting movement has roots in Charlotte Mason’s work, and scouting was taught in Parents’ Union Schools. Scouting as…

How to Start Habit Training in Moral Habits
Atmosphere, Discipline, Life | Charlotte Mason and the Early Years

How to Start Habit Training in Moral Habits

When it comes to habit training, I’m a big fan of starting with what I consider ‘concrete habits’. These are habits that require visible action. Making the bed, getting dressed, even saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. These are habits that you can either see or hear every time. While these sorts of habits certainly smooth…

How to Choose Memory Work for your Charlotte Mason Homeschool
Home Education | Philosophy | Philosophy

How to Choose Memory Work for your Charlotte Mason Homeschool

When my eldest son started his first ‘formal’ year of homeschooling in January, we made some changes to our morning time together. While we already had the habit of reading lovely stories and enjoying music together, I began to ask my son to narrate our Bible passage for the day, and we began in earnest…

Customizing a Curriculum for my Charlotte Mason Homeschool
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Customizing a Curriculum for my Charlotte Mason Homeschool

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

Do we sometimes expect too much from our homeschooling curriculum? Obviously it’s important. A crucial part of the Charlotte Mason philosophy is to give our kids a broad and generous education. A curriculum certainly helps me make sure that we get the proportions right. But just because curriculum is a valuable tool, doesn’t mean that…

How I Teach Hymns and Folk Songs in my Charlotte Mason Homeschool
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How I Teach Hymns and Folk Songs in my Charlotte Mason Homeschool

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

One part of Charlotte Mason homeschooling that I love is the inclusion of many riches. Artist study, composer study, and especially learning hymns and folk songs. These topics are not likely to ever appear on a standardized test, but in my opinion, they are essential to educating whole people. Despite the importance of beauty and…

Finding, Buying, and Organizing Homeschool Books
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Finding, Buying, and Organizing Homeschool Books

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

I think my oldest son was around two years old when I bought our first ‘school book’. I needed to top up an Amazon order so that I could get free shipping, and they had a copy of Our Island Story in their warehouse deals. It’s been floating around our house for years now, only…

Charlotte Mason Homeschool Scheduling
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Charlotte Mason Homeschool Scheduling

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

After a long time enjoying gentle and quiet early years, my six year old son has started more formal lessons. In a Charlotte Mason homeschool, providing a broad and generous curriculum is a huge priority. This begs the question: how do you fit it all in? The answer? A lot comes down to scheduling. In…

To find more success with habit training, look at where you have been successful.
Atmosphere, Discipline, Life | Home Education

To find more success with habit training, look at where you have been successful.

Do you find that when you think about habit training, you usually think of all the habits that aren’t going well? That’s my own typical reaction. I read Charlotte Mason’s writing on the topic, and I come away resolved to do better – a little overwhelmed with all the habits I want to address within…