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 we have expanded our handicrafts list to include life skills, which are likewise important in teaching children to be industrious and preparing them to manage their own households someday.

Take a look at our (always incomplete) list of more than fifty possible Handicrafts and Life Skills — another one of our CM Time Savers.

You’ll also find Charlotte’s four guidelines for teaching handicrafts (which also apply to life skills). We hope this list will get you started along the enjoyable and educational road that can wind through free afternoons.