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In The Story of Charlotte Mason it gives Charlotte’s birthday as January 1, 1842. Though we don’t know for certain whether she was born on January 1st or if it was just recorded on that default date because the actual date is unknown, it’s still great to start the year remembering Charlotte and her wonderful ideas and methods.
So it seems fitting that the theme for this first Charlotte Mason blog carnival of 2012 should be favorite moments using her inspiring methods. We at Simply Charlotte Mason are honored to be able to host this collection of blog posts and hope you will enjoy reading them. Join us in celebrating Miss Mason’s life and all she means to our homeschools!
What do you like the most about CM educating?
Nadene presents Celebrate Charlotte Mason posted at PracticalPages. Her post is quite the encouragement as she is “looking ahead to more CM and looking back with gratitude for the wonderful years of CM-inspired homeschool.”
For an up close Peek inside the Book of Centuries . . . with FREE printable clip art! pop over to Adventures in Mama-Land. Jay3fer says, “One year into our Book of Centuries, and it’s working out great—even for a child younger than these are usually recommended for.”
As Charlotte taught us, the way to make history come alive is by teaching it through living ideas, not just facts. Michelle reminds us of this wonderful method in Teaching History through Ideas posted at Holistic Homeschooler.
Shirley Ann’s post, Winter Clarity, posted at Under An English Sky, encourages us to remember the power of good habits in this new year. She explains, “This post is a bit of Charlotte Mason philosophy applied to my own life. I feel that Charlotte Mason’s ways can impact not only our ‘classrooms’ but also our own personal lives.”
Barb tells some of her story and reminds us of a liberating irony that comes with using the Charlotte Mason method in The Irony of Homeschooling: We Think We Are The Teachers posted at Harmony Art Mom.
In Ten Reasons We Are Loving Using Ambleside Online, Queen of Carrots lists “some of our favorite reasons for using Charlotte Mason methods via Ambleside Online. Plus some pictures of great moments” over at Introducing the World.
And amy in peru wraps up this edition of the Charlotte Mason blog carnival by listing the Top 10 things I love about Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy at Fisher Academy International.
Outdoor Secrets Audiobook Giveaway
What is a birthday celebration without a party favor? In honor of celebrating Charlotte, it is our pleasure to give away a free copy of the Outdoor Secrets audiobook. This living science book, originally published in 1903, is full of sweet nature stories that include little hidden nuggets of character training. And now your children can enjoy listening to the stories read aloud by Ruth Shafer while you run errands or make supper. You can listen to a sample on our site.
Simply leave a comment describing a favorite part about CM educating. Next week we will use random.org to select the commenter who will receive either the CD set or the mp3 download as our gift. The winner will be announced in next week’s post. Join the party and let us know what you like about Charlotte Mason’s wonderful approach to educating!
Next Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival
If you would like to join in the fun and have your blog featured in a Charlotte Mason blog carnival, visit this FAQ for all the details.
The next carnival will be on the theme of Imagination and will be published over at Fisher Academy International on January 24. Get your post links to Amy by January 23 (You can submit your posts at the Blog Carnival site.), and she will put it all together for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to do some extra reading on what Charlotte said about imagination, see the article “Imagination as a Powerful Factor in a Well-balanced Mind” and Volume 4, Book 1, pages 35–48.