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Unexpected Down Time

Sorry you haven’t heard from us lately. Some of you may already know that Sonya had an unexpected trip to the hospital and emergency surgery. Needless to say, that turn of events required some unexpected down time. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. She’s getting stronger every day and hopes to be back up to […]

Spelling Wisdom Now Available

Well, we’ve been holed up in the office for several weeks, but we’re pleased to announce that the dictation books we’ve been talking about and working on are complete! They’re called “Spelling Wisdom.” We thought that was a fitting title since the books teach spelling words using the wisdom of Charlotte Mason’s prepared dictation method […]

Confident Dictation Update

Just a quick note to let you know that we’re moving full-steam-ahead on the dictation books. We have five books in the works that cover 12,500 spelling words, including 6,000 of the most-frequently-used words in the English language. Each book contains 140 dictation exercises, which should last you about two school years if you do […]

Happy New Year!

We’re excited as we look to the year ahead! We have many hopes and plans of what we want to add to Simply Charlotte Mason in the upcoming months. Here’s a short list: More free downloadsA suggested curriculum guide for twelve years of CM homeschoolingThe release of five books full of dictation exercises that contain […]

More Progress

Behind the scenes, we’re adding the finishing touches to your Personal Book Lists. We’re excited about this feature that will help you keep track of books you want to get, books you want to remember for later, books you want to borrow from the library, and books you already have. I (Sonya) was just at […]

New Copywork

Hello, all! Just a quick note and a tip today. First, the note: We’ve added more manuscript copywork. The eight new files offer two more hymns, four more poems (including a delightful Thanksgiving poem), and two more Scripture passages. Help yourself! Now, the tip: Remember that Charlotte encouraged young children to select a favorite stanza […]

Trip Journals

We love to be sneaky — well, when it comes to sneaking “schoolwork” into life events without the children’s knowing about it. When I (Sonya) was looking through a bookshelf the other day, I came upon one of those sneaky projects: a trip journal. My thirteen-year-old daughter and I had fun laughing over her seven-year-old […]

Memory Verses List

We’re thrilled with your response to the Scripture Memory System instructions posted on our Web site! Hundreds of people have visited that page recently. And some of you have sent e-mail to let us know how it’s encouraging you: “I am so excited by the Scripture Memory System! What an easy way to keep track […]

Charlotte Who?

It’s happened often — probably to you too. You’re introduced by a mutual friend to another homeschooler, who smiles and asks, “What curriculum do you use?” “We don’t use a set curriculum really,” we respond. “We use the Charlotte Mason approach.” At this point, one of two things happens: either the other homeschooler looks at […]

Narration Ideas

A key component of Charlotte Mason’s method is narration. In simple terms, narration is telling back in your own words what you just read or heard. It’s a wonderful evaluation tool that requires much thinking and assimilating on the student’s part. However, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut by asking for the same […]

Handicrafts and Life Skills

In the Charlotte Mason method of education, lessons should be completed in the mornings. So what do you do with your child during the afternoons? For one thing, Charlotte advocated the child’s learning handicrafts. In her day, those handicrafts could help to support and enable the child as he or she grew to adulthood. So […]

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