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3 Tips for a Successful Homeschool Year: Tip #2

Last week we looked at Tip #1 for a successful homeschool year: Plan for Variety. Today let’s continue with our quick reminders and Tip #2. Tip #2: Shop with Purpose Just as it is difficult to create a building project without the proper tools, it is well nigh impossible to have a successful homeschool year […]

Three homeschool tips

3 Tips for a Successful Homeschool Year: Tip #1

Let’s keep this short, because it’s summer and you’re probably trying to juggle summer fun with fall planning. So here’s the scoop: over the next three weeks I want to pass along three quick tips that will help you have a successful year of homeschooling. That is, if you follow them. If you just read […]

Lesson 1 from the Exhibit Hall: Savoring vs. Shoveling

As we travel to various homeschool conventions across the nation, there is much to observe, much to learn. This season I have been pondering two lessons that have been played out in the exhibit hall again and again. I’ll share one of those lessons this week and the other next week. First, the lesson of […]

Keeping Your Balance

Keeping Your Balance: Switch Things Around

It’s so much fun to see Charlotte Mason’s principles play out right in front of your eyes! Recently I was presenting the workshop “Charlotte Mason & Her Methods” at a homeschool convention. It was late at night after a full day of travel and convention busyness, and some of the parents in the room were […]

Charlotte Mason homeschooling subject by subject: basic principles

Three Basic CM Principles: Subject by Subject, Part 2

Last week we started a new series in which we will be going through each school subject and discussing how to teach it in a Charlotte Mason way. We’ve already looked at giving our children a generous curriculum through a wide variety of subjects, not just the three R’s. Today we’ll look at three foundational […]

Using a homeschool curriculum is like using a recipe.

Teach the Child

When it comes to cooking, it seems that there are two kinds of people: those who follow the recipe exactly and those who tweak it. Those who tend to stick to the recipe probably like the security of doing what they’re told to do. Someone has already figured this out so I don’t have to […]

Mom making homeschool schedule

What I Learned from Charlotte’s Schedule

As every fall rolls around, the time comes to re-evaluate my daily schedule. Yes, I try to organize my children’s daily homeschool schedule, but the evaluating and tweaking go further than that. I like to take a look at how I spend my day’s allotment of time in all areas. This week, as I was […]

Homeschool mom and daughter

The Wonderful Ease of Having a Plan

I am at peace. My mind can focus happily as I write this note. It is not wrestling with little nagging thoughts that flit in uninvited and interrupt the flow. How did I achieve this happy state?, you ask. Yesterday I took five minutes to make a list of meals for this week. This morning […]

sleepy homeschool mom

Do Not Sit Up Late: Three Practical Do Not’s

In reading some advice that Charlotte Mason gave to her student teachers, three little gems stood out to me. Interestingly, they all start with “Do not.” But don’t let the negative wording intimidate you. These Do Not’s are not designed to impose a hardship on you—quite the opposite, in fact. I think that as you […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling free e-book

Free Homeschool Book: Getting Started, part 6

We promised a little surprise this week and here it is: We are pleased to offer you this free book, Getting Started in Homeschooling. All the information from this Getting Started article series, plus more helpful material, is collected into this one convenient and encouraging book. Download your free copy of Getting Started in Homeschooling, […]

Homeschooling One Step at a Time: Getting Started, part 5

When I got married, I knew how to cook exactly two dishes: canned soup over rice and macaroni and cheese from a box. (And once I forgot to drain the macaroni.) Needless to say, those first few meals required a lot of effort and thinking on my part. But the more I cooked, the easier […]

Getting started homeschooling

Hands-On Methods the CM Way: Getting Started, part 4

When I first heard about the Charlotte Mason Method, I envisioned my children and me sitting on the couch, reading wonderful books together and smiling. Well, we have done a lot of reading—and a lot of smiling—with the wonderful books. But over the years I have learned that there is much more to the Charlotte […]

Getting started with homeschooling

Basic Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Skills: Getting Started, part 3

Don’t you love it when you can take just a couple of basic ideas, combine them with a couple of skills, and use them to accomplish a lot? Take sewing, for example. The basic ideas to keep in mind for general sewing are (1) allow 5/8″ from the edge of the fabric to the seam, […]

Getting started homeschooling

Where Do You Get Your Homeschool Advice? Getting Started, part 2

Our family has been cooking and serving some meals for large groups lately. That’s a new adventure for us—not the cooking part, the “for large groups” part. So we’ve been scouring the Internet for helpful tips, ideas, and recipes. Along the way we’ve discovered an important principle: Always know who is giving you advice. If […]

Take Your Pick: Getting Started, part 1

“So they just send you the books, and you do them at home?” I still remember the puzzled lady at the grocery store trying to wrap her mind around “homeschooling.” I’m afraid she would have been even more puzzled had I told her that I knew of at least five different approaches to homeschooling. It’s […]

5 Things to Remember When You’re Planning Your Homeschool Curriculum

It’s getting to be about that time again — the season when many of us get the itch to start planning our next school year. Here are five things to keep in mind whether you are in the midst of planning or just trying to finish out this year. Include more than just books. A […]

Combining Homeschool Grade Levels, Part 3

Many school subjects are easy to do all together as a family regardless of the ages of the children. Last week we talked about how to combine the grade levels for subjects that involve books. This week let’s look at subjects that are more hands-on. Picture Study When you do picture study the Charlotte Mason […]