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Take Joy Home

I like to ponder this poem that Charlotte Mason and her student teachers pondered every Christmas season. Take joy home, And make a place in thy great heart for her, And give her time to grow, and cherish her! Then will She come and often sing to thee When thou art working in the furrows; […]

Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night and Macbeth

New Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night and Macbeth

The other day I heard someone describe Shakespeare’s plays as the “sitcoms of the 16th and 17th centuries.” At first I thought that was a trivial comparison; but the more I ponder it, the more sense it makes. Shakespeare’s plays were the entertainment of the day. They were the TV and movies back then, if […]

Laying Down the Rails for Yourself Calendar Journal

2017 Calendar Journal Now Available

One of my favorite literary quotes is from Anne of Green Gables. (Some of you already know what it is, for you have hugged that quote to your own hearts too. Feel free to recite it along with me.) “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it […]

Charlotte Mason Nature Study

Happy Results: Sarah M.’s Nature Study Story

It’s always encouraging to hear stories of how Charlotte Mason’s methods work in real home schools. There’s something about listening to others’ successful experiences that bolsters your confidence and fuels your enthusiasm to keep spreading the feast for your own children. Charlotte knew that people like to be told whether her approach works. And she […]

Homeschool family scripture memory

Scripture Memory: How

As we discussed last time, storing God’s Word in our hearts makes sure that His ideas are always right at hand, no matter what situations we encounter. When you have memorized Scripture, the Holy Spirit can readily reach into that supply and pull out exactly the guidance, comfort, and encouragement that you need. (more…)

The Importance of Scripture Memory

Scripture Memory: Why

This morning as we did schoolwork, we started memorizing a new Bible verse. It’s not the first verse we’ve learned. Not by a long shot. We have been including Scripture memorization in our daily routine for about 15 years now and have committed hundreds of passages to memory. How about you? Are you faithfully memorizing […]

Sonya Shafer speaking at a Charlotte Mason homeschool conference

Keep Learning

One of the things I love about the Charlotte Mason Method is that I get to keep learning—as an adult! Just this past year I’ve been challenged by Joseph Haydn’s daily creativity, encouraged by Oliver Wendell Holmes’s contentment at home, and stirred by Jan Vermeer’s attention to quality and detail. (more…)

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