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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 homeschooling subject by subject: basic principles

Three Basic CM Principles: Subject by Subject, Part 2

When I was taking piano lessons, my teacher started with some basic, foundational points: keep your fingers curved; sit tall on the bench with both feet on the floor; listen to your playing. No matter what piece I was working on—from Row, Row, Row Your Boat to Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata—those principles remained constant. (more…)

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Subject by Subject

A Generous Curriculum: Subject By Subject, Part 1

As mothers we know that children grow best on generous portions. Meagre meals can stunt a child’s physical growth, but a generous diet of food gives that growing body lots of nutrients to draw from. It’s the same emotionally; child need a generous supply of pure love to grow secure and happy and loving, themselves. […]

6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method—reason  6

Reason 6: It Fosters a Lifelong Love of Learning (6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method)

Some friends of ours are getting married this summer. As I’ve watched their relationships with their spouses-to-be grow, it struck me how silly it would be if one of them would say, “Okay, I now know my fiancé’s telephone number, favorite food and color, height, weight, and birthday. Whew! I’m so glad that’s over with […]

6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method—reason 5

Reason 5: Good Habits Smooth the Way (6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method)

It’s amazing how much our daily lives are shaped by our habits: getting up, getting ourselves ready, what clothes we put on, getting our children ready, taking care of pets, where we sit at the table, how we talk to our spouses, how closely we listen to our children. (more…)

6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method—reason 4

Reason 4: The Student Makes Connections (6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method)

When I first heard about the Charlotte Mason Method, we had already been homeschooling for a year. That was my oldest’s kindergarten year, and we had been doing a unit study approach. During that year I had discovered that unit studies were not a good fit for us. (more…)

6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method—reason 2

Reason 2: The Child Is Respected as a Person (6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method)

Think back to the most recent time you were in one (or all) of these scenarios and let them replay in your mind: You walked into a store and encountered a salesperson. You got a telephone call from a survey group. You interacted with a company about a disappointing purchase. In each scenario mentioned, you […]

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