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Charlotte Mason Preschool and Kindergarten Activities and Lessons

Your Questions Answered: Preschool Activities

The biggest job that a preschool child has is to explore his surroundings and make sense of the world around him. As he uses his five senses, he’s forming crucial connections in his brain. And those connections will help him be prepared for later challenges like formal school work. But pushing the school work first […]

Charlotte Mason Preschool Homeschool Priorities

Preschool Priorities

Young children spend the first five or six years of their lives busily making sense out of life around them. Their brains are on overdrive: observing, categorizing, comparing, discriminating, problem solving, experimenting, testing, assimilating. For example, let’s say you hand your child a spherical object and tell him that it is a ball. Over the […]

Enjoying the Early Years DVDs

Enjoying the Early Years DVD set

Pressure. Most of us homeschoolers feel like we have a firsthand knowledge of that word. We feel pressured to succeed as we educate our children: pressure from standardized testing, from well-meaning (or not so well-meaning) relatives, from friends and neighbors, even from other homeschoolers we know. But do you experience that kind of pressure about […]

Delightful Reading kit

Delightful Reading: A Charlotte Mason Reading Curriculum

Several months ago we received a note from a homeschool mom who was teaching her son how to read using Charlotte Mason’s method. (If you’re just joining this discussion, you can read our articles about Charlotte’s method of teaching reading.) This mom had pulled together some wonderfully rich reading selections and seemed to have a […]

Homeschool family with toddlers

Tips for Teaching at Home with Preschoolers in the Mix–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 7

We’re wrapping up this series on The Early Years with a few ideas specifically for you moms who have both preschoolers and school-age children. Getting your older children’s school work done with preschoolers in the mix can be challenging. So here is an article from our archives with some tips, Preschoolers in the Mix. We […]

Bedtime prayer

Cultivating Your Preschooler’s Spiritual Life–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 6

If you remember back to our first post in this Early Years series, we talked about a parent’s chief duties. Do you recall what those two duties are? 1. “To form in his child right habits of thinking and behaving,” and 2. “To nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas” (Vol. 2, […]

The Early Years: A Charlotte Mason Preschool Handbook

New Early Years Homeschool Book

A new arrival always brings excitement, and we’re excited about the new arrival at SCM—The Early Years: A Charlotte Mason Preschool Handbook! This book is filled with Charlotte Mason’s ideas for the preschool years, presented in bite-size chunks with modern-day examples, inspiring quotes, and practical tips. The ideas presented in our series on the Early […]

Ice Cream Face

Learning through the Five Senses–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 3

In my daughter’s baby book are two great “early years” photos. One is a picture of her after she tried to eat a chocolate ice cream cone. The front of her shirt is covered, her hands are dripping,—and how she got it in her sandals, I’ll never know. The other picture is of her standing […]

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