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…

How to Help a Homeschool Day Run Smoothly
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How to Help a Homeschool Day Run Smoothly

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

I’ve been doing a morning time routine with my kids for a few years now. After breakfast, we gather and enjoy music, poetry, and books together. Over that time, I’ve noticed one thing: morning time only runs smoothly when all of the books and resources are actually in the basket. Nothing derails morning time faster…

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…

A mother’s life is naturally educational.
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A mother’s life is naturally educational.

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

I am approaching my sixth year of motherhood, and if there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s to recognize the rub of sanctification in my heart. I sit down with a book and a cup of tea, the toddler down for a nap, my eldest decides he needs three knots tied in a piece…

Atmosphere, discipline, and life are the means of a mother’s growth.
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Atmosphere, discipline, and life are the means of a mother’s growth.

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

What do we do with the ideas we have been given through Charlotte Mason’s principles 1-4? We can accept that we were born – and still are – persons, that we are on a long journey of sanctification and that our character is still a work in progress. We feel the pull of both authority…

Mother culture is an act of self-respect.
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Mother culture is an act of self-respect.

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

Most of us are familiar with the idea of self-care. “Mom, you need to take care of yourself. Set apart some me-time. Go out for coffee. Get a manicure. Eat a snack so that you don’t get hangry. Sleep when the baby sleeps (lovely idea, until you have more than one).” The underlying idea says,…

Mothers were born – and still are – persons.
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Mothers were born – and still are – persons.

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

I have always wanted to be a mom. The stay-at-home variety, like my own mother. Given this fact, you might assume that my first child brought me complete contentment. I imagine that you know better than to make this assumption. Indeed, I became a mother, but contentment remained at bay. I loved my son, had…