A Parent’s Chief Duty–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 1

Early years homeschooling with pre-schoolers

A Parent’s Chief Duty–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 1

Pam balanced nine-month-old Timmy on her hip as we chatted. Three-year-old Tommy peered at me from behind the stroller. This particular homeschool convention had offered many opportunities to encourage young parents. Looking at me earnestly, Pam voiced the same question I had heard from so many moms over the summer: “What should I be doing […]

Bent tree lamp

Habit Training in the Early Years–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 2

A few weeks ago I was in the mountains of Colorado and noticed an unusual lamppost. This lamppost was made from a tree. But that wasn’t the unusual part. The unusual part was the complete curly-que that the tree trunk made right beneath the lamp. It looked like one of those silly straws that have […]

Ice Cream Face

Learning through the Five Senses–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 3

In my daughter’s baby book are two great “early years” photos. One is a picture of her after she tried to eat a chocolate ice cream cone. The front of her shirt is covered, her hands are dripping,—and how she got it in her sandals, I’ll never know. The other picture is of her standing […]

Toddler outdoors

Outdoor Life for Preschoolers–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 4

“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air” (Vol. 1, p. 43). Did you […]

The Early Years: A Charlotte Mason Preschool Handbook

New Early Years Homeschool Book

A new arrival always brings excitement, and we’re excited about the new arrival at SCM—The Early Years: A Charlotte Mason Preschool Handbook! This book is filled with Charlotte Mason’s ideas for the preschool years, presented in bite-size chunks with modern-day examples, inspiring quotes, and practical tips. The ideas presented in our series on the Early […]

Bedtime prayer

Cultivating Your Preschooler’s Spiritual Life–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 6

If you remember back to our first post in this Early Years series, we talked about a parent’s chief duties. Do you recall what those two duties are? 1. “To form in his child right habits of thinking and behaving,” and 2. “To nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas” (Vol. 2, […]

Homeschool family with toddlers

Tips for Teaching at Home with Preschoolers in the Mix–Early Years Homeschooling, Part 7

We’re wrapping up this series on The Early Years with a few ideas specifically for you moms who have both preschoolers and school-age children. Getting your older children’s school work done with preschoolers in the mix can be challenging. So here is an article from our archives with some tips, Preschoolers in the Mix. We […]

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