Practical Homeschooling 2012 Reader Award

Every year Practical Homeschooling magazine hosts their much-anticipated Reader Awards for various homeschool resources. The way it works is that the magazine’s readers have an opportunity to nominate their favorite products; then once the ballot is compiled, everyone votes on the products they have used, ranking their satisfaction with those resources.

We are honored to announce that Simply Charlotte Mason received seven PHS Reader Awards this year!

Picture Study Portfolios won first place in the art appreciation category. Everything you need to do art appreciation, all gathered into one beautiful package: gorgeous art prints, an artist biography, information on the pictures, and more. Choose from an ever-growing selection of artists. In fact, we just added Botticelli to the line-up.

Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook also won a first-place award. This is our bestselling book on habit training. Here, compiled into one volume, are all the habits Charlotte mentioned in her writings with her thoughts and suggestions for cultivating each one. This work also includes Charlotte’s help for breaking bad habits, hundreds of inspiring quotes, and lots of practical tips.

Spelling Wisdom took second place in the spelling category. Our CM-style spelling curriculum teaches today’s 6,000 most frequently used words through the writings of great men and women of history. This five-book series uses Charlotte’s method of prepared dictation for grades 4 through 12, a wonderful way to learn spelling in the context of great writing.

106 Days of Creation Studies was awarded second place in the elementary science category. This science handbook outlines all the details of the living books, nature study, science experiments, Bible verses, and additional assignments that one family used to study creation with all their elementary children together.

Our History Handbooks were also awarded a second place prize. Save time by teaching all your students, grades 1–12, together. Each handbook gives you a year of Charlotte Mason-style daily lesson plans with living books, Book of Centuries entries, narration ideas, Scripture passages, geography books and map drills, additional reading assignments for older students, and optional hands-on activities. The six books in the series take you from Creation through Modern Times.

Delightful Handwriting won second place in the handwriting category. A gentle and effective Charlotte Mason-style handwriting course that allows you to progress at your child’s pace from simple strokes to letters to words to copying beautiful phrases and sentences.

Stories of America and Stories of the Nations took second place in the history category. These wonderful collections of history stories make the past come alive for your child, from Christopher Columbus and Queen Elizabeth to the present day. Use these narratives to spread a delightful feast of stories relating the famous people and events in history. The conversational tone and flowing narrative make these books a joy to narrate.

We are humbled and grateful for so many Reader Awards, because each award stands for hundreds of votes of confidence and satisfaction! It is our privilege to be able to produce homeschool resources that equip you in the Charlotte Mason method, and we hope to continue this ministry of encouragement for many years to come!

SCM Store Scheduled Closing for Maintenance

We will be making some big improvements to our online store that require closing it down for a couple of days. The store will be unavailable starting late Saturday, October 6, and is scheduled to be available again on Tuesday, October 9. We’ll tell you more about the exciting changes later, but for now we wanted to give everyone a heads up to place any urgent orders by Saturday.


  1. Yay! Much deserved! Wonderful products to be used through all the homeschooling years! Congratulations!

  2. I see three books that have been on my wishlist for quite some time now and a few more I may have to look into a bit more – good to know the ones I want earned reader awards. Congrats to all involved at Simply Charlotte Mason in the making of these wonderful books!

  3. Congratulations! I am using six of the products listed and I can say that I’m not surprised they have won awards.

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