Archive | Seasonal Inspiration

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 theeWhen thou art working in the furrows; ay,Or weeding in the […]

Explaining homeschooling to your relatives

Explaining the Charlotte Mason Method to Your Relatives

You’re sitting on the couch, drinking cider from a holiday-themed paper cup, and carrying on a friendly conversation with Uncle Joe and Aunt Phyllis. Uncle Joe smiles and leans forward a bit. “We understand that you homeschool,” he says. “Our daughter is thinking of homeschooling. Can you tell us about it?” (more…)

Christmas Shepherds

The Shepherds at Bethlehem

Sometimes a turn of phrase can bring a fresh perspective on the familiar. That is what Charlotte Mason’s poetry has done for me this season. Ponder, for a moment, these descriptions of the shepherds’ experience on the night of Christ’s birth:“The stillness seemed to them portentous . . .” “The whispered hope afloat among the […]

Crocheting as a homeschool handicraft

Fall Handicrafts Tips and Ideas

Handicrafts and life skills are such a great way to spend cooler afternoons. And as the weather turns cold, they provide a wonderfully productive outlet for energetic minds and fingers indoors. We like to combine handicrafts with life skills because there is a natural overlap and because Charlotte’s students were expected to do house work […]

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