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The Power of Combining Charlotte Mason Homeschool Methods

Use Powerful Combinations: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 7

Thanks for coming along on this little study that caught my attention. This whole idea of self-educating seems clearer now. We’ve looked at six tools that facilitate self-education: Read or hear literary books. Put it in your own words (narrate). Observe closely and carefully. Record your discoveries in personal notebooks. Memorize and recite. Create something […]

Observing Closely

Observe Closely and Carefully: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 3

Most of you are familiar with the illustrious fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. He is famous for solving mysteries by paying close attention to details. One scenario sticks out in my mind, because it sums up the Holmes character in a nutshell. In the scene Holmes instructs Watson on the difference between seeing and observing. (more…)

Charlotte Mason homeschool narration

Put It in Your Own Words: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 2

“So where shall we meet?” I was arranging to have lunch with a friend, and we were trying to answer one of the most difficult questions that can ever be posed to two or more people: Where do you want to eat? I had spotted a pizza place recently that looked promising, so I suggested […]

Enjoying sunsets as a family

Happy Results: Delight S.’s Habit Story

When we think of habits to be formed, we often think of tasks that will make our homes run smoother. We may look at a new year and decide to help our children focus on picking up toys, brushing teeth, putting away shoes, or wiping off kitchen counters. But there is one habit that can […]

Joy!

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; […]

The Gift of Music

Happy Results: Zelena O’s Music Study Story

Music is such a gift! And it doesn’t take a lot to give that gift to your children. Simply focusing on one composer for several weeks, listening to his works and enjoying them together, can have a large impact. Zelena O. had the privilege of seeing how much her boys have gleaned from the gift […]

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 […]

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