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TV-Y Weekly Nature Study, Plus Living Books https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-plus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nature-study-plus Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:04:47 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/blog/2007/08/22/nature-study-plus/ https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-plus/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-plus/feed/ 3 <p>I hope you have been enjoying our series on nature study. We have talked about why Charlotte Mason included nature study in the curriculum line-up, when we should do nature study, the big picture of what it looks like, and some specifics on creating a nature notebook. Today we’re going to discuss what we need […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-plus/">Nature Study, Plus Living Books</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> As wonderful as Charlotte Mason-style nature study is, it does have its limits. Charlotte supplemented nature study with living science books. As wonderful as Charlotte Mason-style nature study is, it does have its limits. Charlotte supplemented nature study with three things: living science books, object lessons, and nature projects. This week we’ll look at how to use living science books.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> ------------<br /> <br /> Transcript of this podcast: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-plus/<br /> <br /> Why Charlotte Mason included nature study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/<br /> <br /> When to do nature study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-to-do-nature-study/<br /> <br /> Nature study in a nutshell: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/<br /> <br /> Creating a nature notebook: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook/<br /> <br /> SCM Elementary Science Courses: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/living-science-courses/<br /> <br /> SCM-curated list of living science book: https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/curriculum-guide/individual-graded-subjects/living-science-books/ Sonya Shafer clean 9:05 The Secret of the Nature Notebook https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:34:57 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/blog/2007/08/16/the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook/ https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook/feed/ 8 <p>“Where do I find a nature notebook?” “What does it look like?” “How do we go about creating a nature notebook? Is there a template somewhere?” Questions like these cross my desk regularly. So let’s reveal the secret of the mysterious nature notebook. The secret is: it’s empty. That’s right. When you first get a […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-secret-of-the-nature-notebook/">The Secret of the Nature Notebook</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> A simple explanation of how to create a nature notebook after the Charlotte Mason method. A simple explanation of how to create a nature notebook after the Charlotte Mason method.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Journaling a Year in Nature: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/journaling-a-year-in-nature/<br /> <br /> For the Children's Sake: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/for-the-childrens-sake/<br /> <br /> The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady: https://www.amazon.com/Country-Diary-Edwardian-Lady/dp/0718115813/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527341332&sr=1-2&keywords=country+diary+of+an+edwardian+lady&linkCode=ll1&tag=simplycharlot-20&linkId=5531be6a8be6e571130b1122518c1862<br /> <br /> Keeping a Nature Journal: https://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Nature-Journal-Discover-Seeing/dp/1580174930/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1527341281&sr=8-1&keywords=keeping+a+nature+journal&linkCode=ll1&tag=simplycharlot-20&linkId=c002e14e57727d90f8f971e61aa24661 Sonya Shafer clean 7:11 Nature Study in a Nutshell https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nature-study-in-a-nutshell Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:00:04 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/blog/2007/08/09/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/ https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/feed/ 3 <p>So far in this series we’ve talked about all the great benefits that we and our children can gain from doing nature study. We’ve also addressed Charlotte Mason’s encouragement to get outside one half-day per week, all year round. That all sounds great, but sometimes there is confusion about what to do once you step […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/">Nature Study in a Nutshell</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> What should nature study look like? Here are some key principles from Charlotte Mason, plus some ideas for nature study in the city. What should nature study look like? Here are some key principles from Charlotte Mason, plus some ideas for nature study in the city.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> 8 Reason to Do Nature Study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/<br /> <br /> When to Do Nature Study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-to-do-nature-study/<br /> <br /> School Education: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/school-education-charlotte-masons-original-home-schooling-series-volume-3/<br /> <br /> Making New Acquaintances: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/making-new-acquaintances/<br /> <br /> Story of adopting a swarm of bees: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-bek-ms-nature-study-story/<br /> <br /> A Pocketful of Pinecones: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/pocketful-pinecones/ Sonya Shafer clean 8:34 When Should I Do Nature Study? https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-to-do-nature-study/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=when-to-do-nature-study Tue, 29 May 2018 15:57:58 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/blog/2007/08/02/when-to-do-nature-study/ https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-to-do-nature-study/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-to-do-nature-study/feed/ 14 <p>Have you ever noticed that the question When? has many facets? For example, if a person asked, “When should we go to the park?,” the reply could be any number of things. The person asking might be a mama who has an older soccer player and a newborn in her household. She might be addressing […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-to-do-nature-study/">When Should I Do Nature Study?</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let's talk about nature study's place in your school schedule, what it might look like for different ages of children, and how to handle nature study throughout the seasons. Let's talk about nature study's place in your school schedule, what it might look like for different ages of children, and how to handle nature study throughout the seasons.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Benefits to spending time outside: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/<br /> <br /> Take a generous amount of time: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/take-time/<br /> <br /> Teaching children to care for nature when they are young: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-heather-f-s-nature-study-story/<br /> <br /> Having a specific focus: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/have-a-purpose-in-mind/<br /> <br /> Journaling a Year in Nature: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/journaling-a-year-in-nature/<br /> <br /> Charlotte Mason's nature study schedule: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/what-i-learned-from-charlottes-schedule/<br /> <br /> Nature study ideas for winter: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-ideas-winter/ Sonya Shafer clean 13:53 8 Great Reasons To Do Nature Study https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=8-reasons-to-do-nature-study Tue, 22 May 2018 14:14:35 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/home/blog/2007/07/25/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/ https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/feed/ 8 <p>If you had asked me, “Why do nature study?” when my children were young, I would have replied, “To get them outside and burn up some of that energy” (that we all wish we could tap into now at our ages). If you had asked the same question when they got a little older, I […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/8-reasons-to-do-nature-study/">8 Great Reasons To Do Nature Study</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are eight compelling reasons why nature study is worth taking the time to do. Here are eight compelling reasons why nature study is worth taking the time to do. Sonya Shafer clean 19:00 6 Nature Book Finds in Bellevue, Washington https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/6-nature-book-finds-bellevue-washington/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-nature-book-finds-bellevue-washington Tue, 15 May 2018 18:32:49 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=974652 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/6-nature-book-finds-bellevue-washington/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/6-nature-book-finds-bellevue-washington/feed/ 1 <p>On a recent conference trip to the Seattle, Washington, area, we had a couple of free hours on Thursday morning before we had to set up our booth. The weather was beautiful that day: high 70s and sunny. (We found out that those days are rare; and it was a good thing we took advantage […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/6-nature-book-finds-bellevue-washington/">6 Nature Book Finds in Bellevue, Washington</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Sonya explains how to evaluate a book and shares six books she discovered at Bellevue Botanical Garden in Washington. Sonya explains how to evaluate a book and shares six books she discovered at Bellevue Botanical Garden in Washington.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> ---------------<br /> <br /> Bellevue Botanical Garden: http://bellevuebotanical.org/<br /> <br /> Trillium Store: http://bellevuebotanical.org/shop.html<br /> <br /> The Young Naturalist's Sketchbook: https://www.amazon.com/The-Young-Naturalists-Sketchbook/dp/076497128X/<br /> <br /> Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette: https://www.amazon.com/Colors-West-Artists-Natures-Palette/dp/1680510975/<br /> <br /> The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island that Inspired L. M. Montgomery: https://www.amazon.com/Landscapes-Anne-Green-Gables-Enchanting/dp/160469789X/<br /> <br /> BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show: https://www.amazon.com/BirdNote-Chirps-Quirks-Stories-Popular/dp/1632171694/<br /> <br /> The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield: https://www.amazon.com/Birding-Life-Passion-Birds-Afield/dp/030771635X/<br /> <br /> A Year in the Garden: A Guided Journal: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Garden-Guided-Journal/dp/1604698284/ Sonya Shafer clean 12:00 New Free Book: Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-free-book-subject-subject-charlotte-mason-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-free-book-subject-subject-charlotte-mason-way Wed, 09 May 2018 22:56:57 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=977610 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-free-book-subject-subject-charlotte-mason-way/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-free-book-subject-subject-charlotte-mason-way/feed/ 4 <p>227,000. That’s a lot of homeschoolers. When you see that many home educators reading one particular blog post series, you take notice. Which series is everyone reading? Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way. I wrote that series because it would have been helpful for me when I started homeschooling more than 20 years ago—a […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-free-book-subject-subject-charlotte-mason-way/">New Free Book: Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are happy to announce that our popular Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way article series is now available as a free e-book and audiobook. We are happy to announce that our popular Subject by Subject the Charlotte Mason Way article series is now available as a free e-book and audiobook. Sonya Shafer clean 4:59 History Streams in the SCM Curriculum https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/history-streams-scm-curriculum/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=history-streams-scm-curriculum Thu, 03 May 2018 18:59:20 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=956692 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/history-streams-scm-curriculum/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/history-streams-scm-curriculum/feed/ 2 <p>We have received several questions recently about history streams in our curriculum. So we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our streams and why we chose them. For those of you who may not be familiar with that term, streams, in an educational context, it is how we describe the practice of offering […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/history-streams-scm-curriculum/">History Streams in the SCM Curriculum</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We have received several questions recently about history streams in our curriculum. So we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our streams and why we chose them. We have received several questions recently about history streams in our curriculum. So we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our streams and why we chose them. Sonya Shafer clean 13:28 3 Ways to Sabotage Lifelong Learners https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/3-ways-sabotage-lifelong-learners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3-ways-sabotage-lifelong-learners Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:52:19 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=947872 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/3-ways-sabotage-lifelong-learners/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/3-ways-sabotage-lifelong-learners/feed/ 4 <p>We talked last time about how learning is a continuous process. It’s something that should happen your whole life. And if you use six Charlotte Mason methods, you can educate yourself on many, many things without depending on a teacher or a class. You can and should self-educate. But sadly, for some adults self-education holds […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/3-ways-sabotage-lifelong-learners/">3 Ways to Sabotage Lifelong Learners</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Sadly, for some adults self-education holds little appeal. Where did the motivation go? Sadly, for some adults self-education holds little appeal. Where did the motivation go?<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Sonya Shafer clean 10:09 Charlotte Mason for Grown-Ups https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-grown-ups/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charlotte-mason-grown-ups Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:21:55 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=942728 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-grown-ups/#comments https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-grown-ups/feed/ 2 <p>What’s your dream? Chances are if you have a dream, you will need to learn some things to get you there. Brittney has a dream to give her children a rich and enjoyable home education that will launch them into adult life well prepared. She wants to learn more about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. Geoff would […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-grown-ups/">Charlotte Mason for Grown-Ups</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are six Charlotte Mason methods that you can use to teach yourself just about anything. Here are six Charlotte Mason methods that you can use to teach yourself just about anything.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Sonya Shafer clean 14:37 Setting Your Child Up for Success in His Surroundings https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/setting-child-success-surroundings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=setting-child-success-surroundings Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:33:54 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=923714 <p>As I type these words, I am having a problem. It’s not that I’m struggling with the content; I have a good handle on what we’re going to discuss in this post. It’s not an issue with the skills required; I know quite well how to type and how to work my computer. No, the […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/setting-child-success-surroundings/">Setting Your Child Up for Success in His Surroundings</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let's discuss how you can tweak the way the curriculum is served in order to help your child feel more comfortable, focus better, and grow in confidence as he learns. Let's discuss how you can tweak the way the curriculum is served in order to help your child feel more comfortable, focus better, and grow in confidence as he learns.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Part 1 of this series: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teach-child-not-just-curriculum/<br /> <br /> Part 2 of this series: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/working-students-skills/<br /> <br /> Nature study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-science-subject-by-subject-part-12/<br /> <br /> How to read and narrate: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/simplest-way-narration-q-part-4/<br /> <br /> Sequencing your day to use different parts of the brain and body: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/sequence-your-day-simple-tips-for-a-smooth-year-part-3/<br /> <br /> The goal of education is to grow: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-questions-for-the-homeschool-mother-why/<br /> <br /> Growth as a person: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/lessons-from-frog-and-toad-a-growing-time-part-1/ Sonya Shafer clean 13:08 Working with Your Student’s Skills https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/working-students-skills/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=working-students-skills Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:12:54 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=906691 <p>I enjoy watching The Great British Baking Show. The challenges, the creativity, and the camaraderie all combine to make it a pleasant diversion. But I have to be careful, because sometimes I get carried away with the success of some of the bakers. I look at their beautiful creations and, without batting an eye, start […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/working-students-skills/">Working with Your Student’s Skills</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let’s look at some ways you might tweak the curriculum to better fit your student’s skill level. Let’s look at some ways you might tweak the curriculum to better fit your student’s skill level.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> ------------<br /> <br /> Part 1 of this series: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teach-child-not-just-curriculum/<br /> <br /> I am, I can, I ought, I will: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-process-of-shaping-i-am-i-can-i-ought-i-will-part-1/<br /> <br /> Using the Mind vs. Feeding the Mind: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/using-the-mind-vs-feeding-the-mind/<br /> <br /> Oral narration: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/lets-talk-narration-qa-part-1/<br /> <br /> Oral math lessons: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/ideal-math-lessons-young-learner/<br /> <br /> Narration with auditory and speech issues: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/narration-auditory-speech-issues/<br /> <br /> The heart of education: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/heart-education/ Sonya Shafer clean 17:07 How to Teach the Child, Not Just the Curriculum https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teach-child-not-just-curriculum/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teach-child-not-just-curriculum Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:20:18 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=894313 <p>No matter what curriculum you use, it is never going to fit every child perfectly. That’s when you have a choice to make: you can either choose to teach the curriculum or to teach the child. I often compare that decision to cooking. Let’s say you find a recipe for chili that 734 people love […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teach-child-not-just-curriculum/">How to Teach the Child, Not Just the Curriculum</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> No matter what curriculum you use, it is never going to fit every child perfectly. Here's how to customize for your child. No matter what curriculum you use, it is never going to fit every child perfectly. Here's how to customize for your child.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Teach the Child: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teach-the-child/<br /> <br /> The simplest way to do narration: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/simplest-way-narration-q-part-4/<br /> <br /> How to do copywork: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-writing-subject-by-subject-part-15/<br /> <br /> How to teach poetry: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-poetry-subject-by-subject-part-11/<br /> <br /> Dictation lessons: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/growth-in-spelling-the-power-of-dictation-part-2/<br /> <br /> Eve Anderson DVDs: http://bookstore.perimeter.org/narration-eve-anderson-teacher-training-tools-dvd/dp/2340<br /> <br /> Nature study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/take-time/<br /> <br /> Teaching handicrafts: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-handicrafts-subject-by-subject-part-7/<br /> <br /> Teaching foreign language with a Gouin series: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-foreign-language-subject-by-subject-part-8/<br /> <br /> Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia: https://www.amazon.com/Ben-Franklin-Philadelphia-Landmark-Books/dp/0394849280/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1522185823&sr=8-1&keywords=ben+franklin+of+old+philadelphia&dpID=51dfyfbMPSL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch&linkCode=ll1&tag=simplycharlot-20&linkId=9d551e916aab5cff4c6c02ca4ce88b46<br /> <br /> Ben and Me: https://www.amazon.com/Ben-Me-Astonishing-Benjamin-Franklin/dp/1439550158/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522185865&sr=1-1&keywords=ben+and+me&dpID=517gdVT2KgL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch&linkCode=ll1&tag=simplycharlot-20&linkId=11bc711219ad1cf59e23cb121a4d62e9<br /> <br /> D'Aulaire Ben Franklin biography: https://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-Franklin-Ingri-DAulaire/dp/0964380390/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522185960&sr=1-1&keywords=ben+franklin+d%27aulaire&dpID=51EuAVepFZL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch&linkCode=ll1&tag=simplycharlot-20&linkId=23fd722d5517c0fbb3c07de785699a13<br /> <br /> SCM curriculum plans for history/geography/Bible: https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/curriculum-guide/overview-chart/<br /> <br /> CM Bookfinder: https://apps.simplycharlottemason.com/<br /> <br /> TruthQuest History book lists: https://www.truthquesthistory.com/<br /> <br /> All Through the Ages: http://www.nothingnewpress.com/books/all-through-the-ages-2/<br /> <br /> Mental math: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/mental-math-charlotte-masons-living-math-part-2/<br /> <br /> How to do picture study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/how-we-do-picture-study-picture-study-part-2/<br /> <br /> Picture Study Portfolios: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/picture-study-portfolios/<br /> <br /> The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/charlotte-mason-elementary-arithmetic-series-book-1/ Sonya Shafer clean 18:17 Top Three Habits for a Homeschool Mom https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/top-three-habits-homeschool-mom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-three-habits-homeschool-mom Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:54:43 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=865592 <p>I was chatting with a young mom today about habit training, and she asked a great question. We had talked about how important it is to have living examples for our children to see and spend time with as they form good habits. She had also made the connection that parents are, of necessity, one […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/top-three-habits-homeschool-mom/">Top Three Habits for a Homeschool Mom</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are three daily practices that will reduce stress and encourage peace in your home. Here are three daily practices that will reduce stress and encourage peace in your home.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> --------------<br /> <br /> 5 Ways to Cultivate Good Habits: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/5-ways-to-cultivate-good-habits/<br /> <br /> The First Key to Good Habits: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-first-key-to-good-habits-repetition/<br /> <br /> The Wonderful Ease of Having a Plan: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-wonderful-ease-of-having-a-plan/<br /> <br /> Mother sets the atmosphere of the home: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/are-you-a-thermostat-or-a-thermometer/<br /> <br /> Teach from a Flowing Stream: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/a-flowing-stream/<br /> <br /> When More Is Less: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/when-more-is-less/<br /> <br /> A person is more than his faults: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/that-one-fault/<br /> <br /> You Move Toward What You Focus On: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/move-toward-focus/<br /> <br /> Leave a comment with your top three habits for mom: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/top-three-habits-homeschool-mom/#respond Sonya Shafer clean 15:39 New 2018–19 Calendar by Karen Andreola: Hope for Tomorrow https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-2018-19-calendar-karen-andreola-hope-tomorrow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-2018-19-calendar-karen-andreola-hope-tomorrow Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:04:14 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=838106 <p>We are excited to announce that this year’s personal calendar journal is written by Karen Andreola. Many of you know Karen as the beloved author of A Charlotte Mason Companion. Her gentle and practical wisdom has lighted the way for thousands to enter into Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and enjoyable methods. Karen has written twelve encouraging […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-2018-19-calendar-karen-andreola-hope-tomorrow/">New 2018–19 Calendar by Karen Andreola: Hope for Tomorrow</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are excited to announce that this year's personal calendar journal is written by Karen Andreola. We are excited to announce that this year's personal calendar journal is written by Karen Andreola. Sonya Shafer clean 4:35 You Move Toward What You Focus On https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/move-toward-focus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=move-toward-focus Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:59:34 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=837929 <p>When we lived near Chicago, my husband John rode his bike for long treks in all kinds of weather. He liked to take the roads that led out of our suburb and into relatively undeveloped country, because they were less traveled. The upside of those roads was less traffic. The downside was that they had […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/move-toward-focus/">You Move Toward What You Focus On</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> I am often asked how to break a bad habit. The answer is to change your focus. I am often asked how to break a bad habit. The answer is to change your focus.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Repetition is key to habit training: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-first-key-to-good-habits-repetition/ Sonya Shafer clean 6:16 10 Mistakes Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers Should Avoid https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/10-mistakes-charlotte-mason-homeschoolers-avoid/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-mistakes-charlotte-mason-homeschoolers-avoid Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:10:08 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=815675 <p>Most of the time I like to focus on the positive and think about what I should do. But sometimes it can be just as helpful to turn that around and consider what not to do. Flipping things over sometimes helps bring to light a concept that we haven’t noticed before. So just for a […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/10-mistakes-charlotte-mason-homeschoolers-avoid/">10 Mistakes Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers Should Avoid</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are ten mistakes that a Charlotte Mason homeschool teacher should avoid. Hopefully, they will serve as a gentle mid-year check for us all. Here are ten mistakes that a Charlotte Mason homeschool teacher should avoid. Hopefully, they will serve as a gentle mid-year check for us all.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> -------------<br /> <br /> Free e-book 5 Steps to Successful Narration: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/five-steps-to-successful-narration/<br /> <br /> Laying Down the Rails resources: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/laying-down-the-rails-resources/<br /> <br /> Facts vs. Ideas: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/another-example-facts-vs-ideas/<br /> <br /> How ideas take up residence in your child's mind: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/past-the-outer-court/ Sonya Shafer clean 11:28 Book Review: The Naturalist’s Notebook https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/book-review-naturalists-notebook/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=book-review-naturalists-notebook Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:36:05 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=713059 <p>(The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You by Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich, Storey Publishing, 2017.) I’ve discovered something about nature study. It’s not a static activity. By that I mean, it’s not just one-dimensional: go outside, observe, record in your nature notebook. […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/book-review-naturalists-notebook/">Book Review: The Naturalist’s Notebook</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> The Naturalist's Notebook contains a lot of encouragement and practical help combined with personal anecdotes and discoveries from two authors who have enjoyed a lifetime of nature study. The Naturalist's Notebook contains a lot of encouragement and practical help combined with personal anecdotes and discoveries from two authors who have enjoyed a lifetime of nature study.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> ------------<br /> <br /> The Naturalist's Notebook on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Naturalists-Notebook-Observation-Calendar-Journal-Tracking/dp/1612128890/tag=simplycharlot-20&linkId=bfad298ba4a28150c225ec7f1c75d833<br /> <br /> Journaling a Year in Nature: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/journaling-a-year-in-nature/ Sonya Shafer clean 7:30 When Your Student Mentally Checks Out https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/student-mentally-checks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=student-mentally-checks Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:35:22 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=705250 <p>We’ve all seen those looks: the glazed-over eyes, the dulled expressions, the partly-concealed yawns. Let’s face it, sometimes our children just “check out” during the school day. What is a homeschool parent to do? Charlotte Mason gave great advice for those situations. “When a child grows stupid over a lesson, it is time to put […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/student-mentally-checks/">When Your Student Mentally Checks Out</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let’s face it, sometimes our children just “check out” during the school day. Charlotte Mason had some great advice for those situations. Let’s face it, sometimes our children just “check out” during the school day. Charlotte Mason had some great advice for those situations.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> --------------<br /> <br /> Using different parts of the brain and body: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/sequence-your-day-simple-tips-for-a-smooth-year-part-3/ Sonya Shafer clean 4:47 Homeschooling with Preschoolers in the Mix https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/homeschooling-preschoolers-mix/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=homeschooling-preschoolers-mix Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:56:21 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=702626 <p>Certainly one of the biggest challenges facing a homeschool mom or dad is trying to teach with little ones underfoot. You might have laid out the best plans in the world, but those plans might never become a reality if you fail to consider the preschoolers in your home. They can be quite distracting to […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/homeschooling-preschoolers-mix/">Homeschooling with Preschoolers in the Mix</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are five great ideas for homeschooling with preschoolers in the mix. Here are five great ideas for homeschooling with preschoolers in the mix.<br /> <br /> Show notes<br /> --------------<br /> <br /> More about short lessons: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-basic-cm-principles-subject-by-subject-part-2/<br /> <br /> Hymn study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-music-subject-by-subject-part-10/<br /> <br /> Scripture memory: https://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/<br /> <br /> Picture study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/how-we-do-picture-study-picture-study-part-2/<br /> <br /> Handicrafts: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-handicrafts-subject-by-subject-part-7/<br /> <br /> Art: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-art-subject-by-subject-part-6/<br /> <br /> Nature study: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-in-a-nutshell/ Sonya Shafer clean 6:19 Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/planning-charlotte-mason-education/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=planning-charlotte-mason-education Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:31:48 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=701636 <p>DIY—Do It Yourself. For some of you, those initials generate great excitement! Images of potential projects arise in your imagination and you can hardly wait to dive into a new one. Others of you get tired just looking at those initials. To you, DIY stands for a pile of decisions and precious time that you […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/planning-charlotte-mason-education/">Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here's a simple, five-step method that has helped hundreds of homeschool moms build their own customized Charlotte Mason education. Here's a simple, five-step method that has helped hundreds of homeschool moms build their own customized Charlotte Mason education.<br /> <br /> Show Notes<br /> ---------------<br /> <br /> SCM ready-made lesson plans: https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/curriculum-guide/<br /> <br /> More information about college requirements and high school: https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/courses-credits-grades-transcripts/<br /> <br /> SCM curriculum overview chart: https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/curriculum-guide/overview-chart/<br /> <br /> CM Bookfinder: https://apps.simplycharlottemason.com/<br /> <br /> Weekly schedule chart download: https://media.simplycharlottemason.com/downloads/diyweekly.pdf<br /> <br /> Build Your Own Curriculum page: https://simplycharlottemason.com/build-your-own-curriculum/ Sonya Shafer clean 22:59 Not Pride and Prejudice https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/not-pride-prejudice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=not-pride-prejudice Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:04:50 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=699960 <p>Near the end of Jane Austen’s classic book, Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy makes a startling statement that sums up why he struggled so much in winning Elizabeth Bennet’s regard. It is startling because he puts his finger on a practice that many parents might inadvertently be doing today. “I was given good principles,” Darcy […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/not-pride-prejudice/">Not Pride and Prejudice</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Especially in the homeschooling atmosphere of today—with its resurgent (and commendable) emphasis on noble ideals, high thinking, and excellence—we need to be careful we don't neglect humility. Especially in the homeschooling atmosphere of today—with its resurgent (and commendable) emphasis on noble ideals, high thinking, and excellence—we need to be careful we don't neglect humility. Sonya Shafer clean 6:38 Starting Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in High School https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/starting-charlotte-mason-homeschooling-high-school/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=starting-charlotte-mason-homeschooling-high-school Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:56:37 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=698994 <p>I recently watched a rehearsal for a folk dancing group. There were only five ladies on the floor, but the dances were quite involved. Each lady held half of a hula hoop in an arch over her head as they all stepped in time to a lulling waltz, forming intricate designs that gently changed into […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/starting-charlotte-mason-homeschooling-high-school/">Starting Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in High School</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> As we wrap up this series on homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method through high school, let’s talk through some of the challenges of starting in high school. As we wrap up this series on homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method through high school, let’s talk through some of the challenges of starting in high school. Sonya Shafer clean 24:31 Narration and Composition in the High School Years https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/narration-composition-high-school-years/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=narration-composition-high-school-years Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:22:23 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=697478 <p>Of all of the questions we received on homeschooling through high school with the Charlotte Mason Method, the area that raised the most concerns, by far, was composition. I find that fact interesting . . . and a bit ironic. Think about it. Most of us were given the traditional and typical separate classes focused […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/narration-composition-high-school-years/">Narration and Composition in the High School Years</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Break free from the everybody-should-sound-the-same type of writing lessons and give your children a better way—the Charlotte Mason way. Let’s take a look at how composition should be taught in high school. Break free from the everybody-should-sound-the-same type of writing lessons and give your children a better way—the Charlotte Mason way. Let’s take a look at how composition should be taught in high school.<br /> <br /> Show Notes:<br /> <br /> Sonya Shafer clean 30:15 A Generation of Charlotte Mason Kids https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/generation-charlotte-mason-kids/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=generation-charlotte-mason-kids Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:51:42 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=679988 <p>(We asked Karen Andreola to share some of her thoughts and experiences with Charlotte Mason graduates and how they get on in college and in life. I feel certain you’ll enjoy what she has to say.) A couple summers ago my daughter and son-in-law were between churches. They moved an hour from where they used […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/generation-charlotte-mason-kids/">A Generation of Charlotte Mason Kids</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Karen Andreola shares some of her thoughts and experiences with Charlotte Mason graduates and how they get on in college and in life. Karen Andreola shares some of her thoughts and experiences with Charlotte Mason graduates and how they get on in college and in life. Sonya Shafer clean 10:14 How Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Prepares a Student for College and Life https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-homeschooling-prepares-student-college-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charlotte-mason-homeschooling-prepares-student-college-life Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:51:07 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=680039 <p>Last week a friend recommended a book. After she told me about it, I looked it up online and read the summary and the publisher’s description. They looked good. From everything so far, it seemed to be a great book. But I wanted to do one more thing before buying in: read some reviews from […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-homeschooling-prepares-student-college-life/">How Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Prepares a Student for College and Life</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are some answers about getting into college and some comments from CM graduates, sharing their firsthand experiences. Here are some answers about getting into college and some comments from CM graduates, sharing their firsthand experiences. Sonya Shafer clean 11:31 Challenging Courses and Dual Enrollment https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/challenging-courses-dual-enrollment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=challenging-courses-dual-enrollment Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:42:32 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=679990 <p>(This is another longer post in our series on homeschooling through high school with the Charlotte Mason method. Feel free to listen to the audio version if that would be more convenient.) When my husband John has a big job to do around the house, he doesn’t just pull out a hammer and start banging […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/challenging-courses-dual-enrollment/">Challenging Courses and Dual Enrollment</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let's talk about your questions about challenging courses, book selection, and dual enrollment. Let's talk about your questions about challenging courses, book selection, and dual enrollment. Sonya Shafer clean 19:10 Courses, Credits, Grades, and Transcripts https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/courses-credits-grades-transcripts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=courses-credits-grades-transcripts Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:46:14 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=679238 <p>My mother makes the best potato salad. Every time we have a family cookout, she politely asks what she can bring, knowing full well what the answer will be. “You bring the potato salad, please, Mom.” But if you ask her for the recipe, she will hesitate. It’s not that she doesn’t want to share […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/courses-credits-grades-transcripts/">Courses, Credits, Grades, and Transcripts</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We answer your questions about courses, credits, grades, and transcripts in the high school years. Rest assured, it's not as difficult as you might think. Let's take some time to answer your questions about courses, credits, grades, and transcripts in the high school years. Rest assured, it's not as difficult as you might think. Sonya Shafer clean 18:27 Scheduling with a High Schooler in the Mix https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/scheduling-high-schooler-mix/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scheduling-high-schooler-mix Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:47:58 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=678374 <p>As homeschoolers, educating a child through the high school years is going to look different from a typical high school classroom situation. Most high schools are concerned with one thing: getting the course work done. But a Charlotte Mason-style home school looks at the whole person and has a broader goal. We looked last time […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/scheduling-high-schooler-mix/">Scheduling with a High Schooler in the Mix</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Most high schools are concerned with one thing: getting the course work done. But a Charlotte Mason-style home school looks at the whole person and has a broader goal. Most high schools are concerned with one thing: getting the course work done. But a Charlotte Mason-style home school looks at the whole person and has a broader goal. Sonya Shafer clean 18:08 Serving the Feast in High School https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/serving-feast-high-school/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=serving-feast-high-school Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:40:34 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=677266 <p>(Note: This is a rather long post, as we begin to answer the many questions that have been submitted about homeschooling through the high school years with the Charlotte Mason Method. You might find it convenient to listen to the audio version while you cook dinner tonight.) Ask any parent of a high school student […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/serving-feast-high-school/">Serving the Feast in High School</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> This first batch of questions are all about spreading the feast in the high school years. This first batch of questions are all about spreading the feast in the high school years. Sonya Shafer clean 14:58 Keeping Your Perspective in the High School Years https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keeping-perspective-high-school-years/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-perspective-high-school-years Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:26:53 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=675791 <p>Once upon a time, a traveler was passing through a town. He was tired and thirsty, so he thought he would stop and rest a bit by the fountain in the town square. He was just enjoying the last drops of a drink of cool water, when he caught sight of three stone masons across […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keeping-perspective-high-school-years/">Keeping Your Perspective in the High School Years</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> When you started homeschooling, you probably had a vision of the big picture. But when you've been working on a long-term project, it's easy to forget the big picture. When you started homeschooling, you probably had a vision of the big picture. But when you've been working on a long-term project, it's easy to forget the big picture. Sonya Shafer clean 5:05 Announcing Narration Notecards https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/announcing-narration-notecards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-narration-notecards Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:32:46 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=672553 <p>You want to give your student interesting and specific narration prompts for each chapter he reads, but sometimes you just don’t have time to pre-read all of the books on the schedule. Or maybe you have time but you’re not quite sure how to raise the bar on the types of narrations you are asking […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/announcing-narration-notecards/">Announcing Narration Notecards</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are happy to announce Narration Notecards: Narration prompts and key words for written narrations. We are happy to announce Narration Notecards: Narration prompts and key words for written narrations. Sonya Shafer clean 3:21 Narration Notecards: A Fabulous Written Narration Idea https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/narration-notecards-fabulous-written-narration-idea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=narration-notecards-fabulous-written-narration-idea Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:22:46 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=672539 <p>If you have a student who is old enough to be doing written narrations, you may have run into this dilemma: “I want my student to spell names and places and events correctly in his narration, but I’m reluctant to allow him to look back at the chapter to make sure of those spellings. It […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/narration-notecards-fabulous-written-narration-idea/">Narration Notecards: A Fabulous Written Narration Idea</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here's a great idea to help you with written narration. Here's a great idea to help you with written narration. Sonya Shafer clean 2:58 Announcing The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/announcing-charlotte-mason-elementary-arithmetic-series/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-charlotte-mason-elementary-arithmetic-series Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:02:14 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=670651 <p>For many years we have longed for a truly Charlotte Mason math curriculum. But since none was available, we settled for finding programs that at least included some CM components. So you can imagine how excited we are to announce The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series! The name holds much history and significance. The—Author Richele […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/announcing-charlotte-mason-elementary-arithmetic-series/">Announcing The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> For many years we have longed for a truly Charlotte Mason math curriculum. So you can imagine how excited we are to announce The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series! For many years we have longed for a truly Charlotte Mason math curriculum. So you can imagine how excited we are to announce The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series! Sonya Shafer clean 7:04 Happy Results: Min Hwang’s Math Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-min-hwangs-math-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-min-hwangs-math-story Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:02:31 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=672701 <p>We’re hearing so many good things about Charlotte Mason’s way of teaching math! Parents tell us about improved attitudes, renewed interest and excitement, plus a solid understanding of arithmetic. Min Hwang’s experience is especially encouraging. Here is her Happy Results math story. Tears of frustration, rote memorization, tedium and dread—these were what filled our math […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-min-hwangs-math-story/">Happy Results: Min Hwang’s Math Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We're hearing so many good things about Charlotte Mason's way of teaching math! Min Hwang's experience is especially encouraging. We're hearing so many good things about Charlotte Mason's way of teaching math! Min Hwang's experience is especially encouraging. Sonya Shafer clean 6:37 Charlotte Mason Math with Special Needs https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-math-special-needs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charlotte-mason-math-special-needs Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:18:04 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=672000 <p>It is 9:30 A.M. and my daughter is sitting in a brown chair in my office. She is ready for our school time. Though she is 19 now, we still home school, for she enjoys it—as witnessed by the fact that she is sitting in that chair waiting for me. And part of our work […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-math-special-needs/">Charlotte Mason Math with Special Needs</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are six reasons the Charlotte Mason approach to math is such a good fit for special needs children. Here are six reasons the Charlotte Mason approach to math is such a good fit for special needs children. Sonya Shafer clean 8:06 Everyday Objects in the Charlotte Mason Math Lesson https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/everyday-objects-charlotte-mason-math-lesson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=everyday-objects-charlotte-mason-math-lesson Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:33:53 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=670017 <p>(Here is another great post from Richele Baburina, author of the Charlotte Mason math handbook, Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, and its corresponding DVD set, Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey.) I picked up my car from the airport’s long-term parking lot and, anxious to see my family, determined to take an unfamiliar […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/everyday-objects-charlotte-mason-math-lesson/">Everyday Objects in the Charlotte Mason Math Lesson</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte knew that, although concrete work with manipulatives is an important first step, it is only one step on the path to mathematical thinking. Charlotte knew that, although concrete work with manipulatives is an important first step, it is only one step on the path to mathematical thinking. Sonya Shafer clean 6:53 Handwriting as a Joy in Math Lessons https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/handwriting-joy-math-lessons/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=handwriting-joy-math-lessons Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:10:33 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=669686 <p>(We are pleased to present the following post by Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching and its corresponding DVD set, Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey.) Charlotte Mason elementary arithmetic lessons are primarily oral. Rather than being worksheet driven—with a child working a page of exercises—the actual writing of numbers […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/handwriting-joy-math-lessons/">Handwriting as a Joy in Math Lessons</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason elementary arithmetic lessons are primarily oral. Here's how it works. Charlotte Mason elementary arithmetic lessons are primarily oral. Here's how it works. Sonya Shafer clean 5:39 Ideal Math Lessons for a Young Learner https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/ideal-math-lessons-young-learner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ideal-math-lessons-young-learner Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:18:42 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=669438 <p>Just for a moment, throw out all of your memories of math lessons from your school days. Set aside the images and promotional explanations from that math curriculum you were recently researching online. And let’s start from scratch. If we were to design math lessons that would be an ideal fit for a young learner, […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/ideal-math-lessons-young-learner/">Ideal Math Lessons for a Young Learner</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let's take a look at different aspects of Charlotte Mason's beginning math lessons and discuss how they seem to be tailor made for an early elementary child. This time we'll discuss short lessons and simple sums. Let's take a look at different aspects of Charlotte Mason's beginning math lessons and discuss how they seem to be tailor made for an early elementary child. This time we'll discuss short lessons and simple sums. Sonya Shafer clean 5:15 2018 Calendar Journal Now Available https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/2018-calendar-journal-now-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2018-calendar-journal-now-available Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:08:28 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=666392 <p>My husband and I used to ride tandem bicycles around Chicagoland. We would throw on our biking clothes and go for miles on the Rails to Trails paths. During our bicycling days, I learned two very important lessons. First, I’m most apt to lose my balance when I’m riding uphill. Those climbs can throw off […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/2018-calendar-journal-now-available/">2018 Calendar Journal Now Available</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are pleased to announce that our 2018 Calendar Journal is now available. We are pleased to announce that our 2018 Calendar Journal is now available. Sonya Shafer clean 3:44 Your Questions about High School the Charlotte Mason Way https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/questions-high-school-charlotte-mason-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=questions-high-school-charlotte-mason-way Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:53:07 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=660251 <p>It’s exciting to talk to more and more homeschoolers who are educating their children through high school. Those high school years can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time, and Charlotte Mason’s methods give a great balance between discipline and enjoyment in high school. But those same parents with older students often confide […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/questions-high-school-charlotte-mason-way/">Your Questions about High School the Charlotte Mason Way</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We invite you all to send in your questions about high school the Charlotte Mason way. We'll gather them and answer them in future episodes. We invite you all to send in your questions about high school the Charlotte Mason way. We'll gather them and answer them in future episodes. Sonya Shafer clean 3:59 Happy Results: Jill C’s Journey to Charlotte Mason https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-jill-cs-journey-charlotte-mason/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-jill-cs-journey-charlotte-mason Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:57:47 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=660229 <p>Many homeschool moms, as they learn more about Charlotte Mason’s methods, get a funny look on their faces and say something like, “That’s what I’ve been trying to do all along, because . . . well, it just makes sense. You mean, that has a name?” It’s so rewarding to watch faces light up, burdens […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-jill-cs-journey-charlotte-mason/">Happy Results: Jill C’s Journey to Charlotte Mason</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Grab a cup of tea and enjoy Jill C.'s account of "My Heart's Journey to Charlotte Mason." Grab a cup of tea and enjoy Jill C.'s account of "My Heart's Journey to Charlotte Mason." Sonya Shafer clean 6:18 How Fiction Helps Children Grow https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/fiction-helps-children-grow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fiction-helps-children-grow Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:27:08 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=660847 <p>My youngest has been traveling to conventions with us over the past few months. Amid the different locations and changing venues, she has held tightly to one constant: on every trip she brings a classic children’s literature book. These books are her old friends: Little House in the Big Woods; Charlotte’s Web; Winnie-the-Pooh; Farmer Boy; […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/fiction-helps-children-grow/">How Fiction Helps Children Grow</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Good fictional literature can actually be very beneficial to children. I'm always a bit saddened when a parent raises an objection to fictional literature. Usually the objections take the form of three main concerns. Let's look at each of those concerns and review how good literature can actually be very beneficial. Sonya Shafer clean 7:56 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Willpower https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/5-ways-strengthen-childs-willpower/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-ways-strengthen-childs-willpower Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:20:15 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=658617 <p>Joey sits in his room and plays video games hour after hour, sulking anytime he is asked to do anything else. Samantha pitches a fit when she is told she may not have a cookie right now. Alex stares out the window instead of doing his math lesson. Cassie quits halfway through washing the car, […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/5-ways-strengthen-childs-willpower/">5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Willpower</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> You can help your child develop what is being called "the engine of success." Here are five ways you can help him strengthen his willpower. You can help your child develop what is being called "the engine of success." Here are five ways you can help him strengthen his willpower. Sonya Shafer clean 8:34 Charlotte Mason and The Marshmallow Test https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-marshmallow-test/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charlotte-mason-marshmallow-test Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:24:43 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=624194 <p>Four-year-old Susie sits at a little table in a plain room, listening intently. “Susie, which do you like better: one marshmallow or two marshmallows?” the nice lady asks as she points to the sweet treats sitting on paper plates on the tabletop. Susie’s face lights up. “Two marshmallows,” she confides with a smile, casting a […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/charlotte-mason-marshmallow-test/">Charlotte Mason and The Marshmallow Test</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> The conclusions of The Marshmallow Test match point-for-point what Charlotte Mason said about willpower 100 years ago. The conclusions of The Marshmallow Test match point-for-point what Charlotte Mason said about willpower 100 years ago. Sonya Shafer clean 8:36 Happy Results: Arline E.’s Scripture Memory Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-arline-e-s-scripture-memory-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-arline-e-s-scripture-memory-story Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:03:05 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=620012 <p>It’s so much fun explaining the Scripture Memory System to people when I speak at conventions around the country. When they realize that their whole family can memorize new Bible passages plus review all the verses they have learned in just 5–10 minutes per day, it’s like a light comes on. They get it! But […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-arline-e-s-scripture-memory-story/">Happy Results: Arline E.’s Scripture Memory Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Arline E. saw her little ones memorize Scripture with our Scripture Memory System. Here is her story. Arline E. saw her little ones memorize Scripture with our Scripture Memory System. Here is her story. Sonya Shafer clean 2:47 A Beautiful Scripture Memory Box https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/beautiful-scripture-memory-box/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beautiful-scripture-memory-box Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:07:00 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=623262 <p>For many years we have encouraged families to memorize Scripture with a simple and effective system. In just five or ten minutes a day you can continually learn new passages plus review every verse you’ve learned. Many of you have let us know how much that system means to you and how the habit of […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/beautiful-scripture-memory-box/">A Beautiful Scripture Memory Box</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are pleased to make lovely, handcrafted Scripture Memory Boxes available to you and your family. We are pleased to make lovely, handcrafted Scripture Memory Boxes available to you and your family. Sonya Shafer clean 4:17 The CM Organizer Has a Fresh New Look! https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/cm-organizer-fresh-new-look/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cm-organizer-fresh-new-look Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:44:39 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=623239 <p>For several months now we have been busily working behind the scenes on an update to the CM Organizer, and today we’re thrilled to announce the exciting news: the CM Organizer has an attractive new look! It’s still the same great online planner and record-keeper that helps you save time and stay organized; we’ve just […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/cm-organizer-fresh-new-look/">The CM Organizer Has a Fresh New Look!</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We’re thrilled to announce that the CM Organizer has an attractive new look! We’re thrilled to announce that the CM Organizer has an attractive new look! Sonya Shafer clean 3:31 Good Habits, Great Books, and Guided Discovery https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/good-habits-great-books-guided-discovery/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=good-habits-great-books-guided-discovery Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:07:51 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=621167 <p>You have, no doubt, heard of the 3 Rs when it comes to education: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. (Why writing is considered an R, I don’t know, but let’s just keep going.) Those three Rs make it simple to summarize what the teacher is focused on giving the students. Well, we came up with 3 […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/good-habits-great-books-guided-discovery/">Good Habits, Great Books, and Guided Discovery</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> A Charlotte Mason education consists of good habits, great books, and guided discovery. We came up with 3 Gs that seem to neatly summarize a Charlotte Mason education: good habits, great books, and guided discovery. Those three phrases capture a handy snapshot of what a CM parent should be giving her students. Sonya Shafer clean 4:23 Announcing Four Wonderful New Picture Study Portfolios https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/announcing-four-wonderful-new-picture-study-portfolios/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-four-wonderful-new-picture-study-portfolios Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:07:27 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=620032 <p>Today we are pleased to announce four new artists have been added to our collection of Picture Study Portfolios. You may recognize some of their names: Raphael, Cassatt, Rubens, and Homer. Raphael is known for his portrayals of cherubic angels and peaceful Madonnas, but there is more to his work than that. He also composed […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/announcing-four-wonderful-new-picture-study-portfolios/">Announcing Four Wonderful New Picture Study Portfolios</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Today we are pleased to announce four new artists have been added to our collection of Picture Study Portfolios. Today we are pleased to announce four new artists have been added to our collection of Picture Study Portfolios. You may recognize some of their names: Raphael, Cassatt, Rubens, and Homer. Sonya Shafer clean 3:31 Happy Results: Elsie L’s Picture Study Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-elsie-ls-picture-study-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-elsie-ls-picture-study-story Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:33:06 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=620005 <p>Picture study is a simple Charlotte Mason method, taking only a few minutes each week. Yet that practice can yield wonderful results. Lingering with one artist and allowing the students to look closely and carefully at his work—to look for themselves—is the key. When children are allowed to do that, they are free to form […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-elsie-ls-picture-study-story/">Happy Results: Elsie L’s Picture Study Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Elsie L. witnessed the power of picture study with her son. Here is her Happy Results story. Elsie L. witnessed the power of picture study with her son. Here is her Happy Results story. Sonya Shafer clean 5:09 How Large Is Your Student’s Room? https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/large-students-room/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-students-room Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:15:55 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=620443 <p>We’re not talking about blueprints and square footage today. Rather, the question, How large is your student’s room?, refers to a powerful passage that Charlotte Mason wrote in School Education. It’s not about architecture; it’s about curriculum. Let me explain. Picture a toddler who is learning about this world. That toddler wants to explore everything […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/large-students-room/">How Large Is Your Student’s Room?</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> True education is recognizing connections everywhere you turn, and that can only be done when you have a personal relation with a wide variety of subjects. True education is recognizing connections everywhere you turn, and that can only be done when you have a personal relation with a wide variety of subjects. Sonya Shafer clean 6:40 Inside the 6 Volumes of the Original Home Schooling Series https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/inside-the-6-volumes-of-the-original-home-schooling-series/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inside-the-6-volumes-of-the-original-home-schooling-series Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:12:14 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=616072 <p>Charlotte Mason’s original six-volume series is a wealth of ideas, encouragement, and good humor. The books are not easy reading, but they are rich reading. You will gain much insight and confidence if you spend even ten minutes a day reading and then narrating to yourself what you have read. I often get asked, “Which […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/inside-the-6-volumes-of-the-original-home-schooling-series/">Inside the 6 Volumes of the Original Home Schooling Series</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here is a quick overview of the six volumes in Charlotte Mason's Original Home Schooling Series. Here is a quick overview of the six volumes in Charlotte Mason's Original Home Schooling Series. Sonya Shafer clean 6:44 The “Pinks” Are Back https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-pinks-are-back/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-pinks-are-back Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:56:08 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=614755 <p>I’ve had two constant companions over the 20 years that I’ve been homeschooling: my husband John and my pink six-volume set of The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason. Several years ago we had the privilege of getting to know Dean and Karen Andreola. Such wonderful people! One of the first things we did […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/the-pinks-are-back/">The “Pinks” Are Back</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are thrilled to announce that a new generation of The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason is available. We are thrilled to announce that a new generation of The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason is available. Sonya Shafer clean 2:29 Happy Results: Heather F.’s Nature Study Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-heather-f-s-nature-study-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-heather-f-s-nature-study-story Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:02:10 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=614753 <p>Of the many gifts that we can give our children, one of the greatest is a love of nature. And the sooner we encourage that relationship, the more time they will have to develop it and enjoy its benefits. Charlotte Mason described such a gift like this: “A love of Nature, implanted so early that […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-heather-f-s-nature-study-story/">Happy Results: Heather F.’s Nature Study Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Enjoy this Happy Results story from Heather F. about nature study with her children. Enjoy this Happy Results story from Heather F. about nature study with her children. Sonya Shafer clean 3:02 A Flowing Stream https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/a-flowing-stream/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-flowing-stream Tue, 30 May 2017 13:58:58 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=614020 <p>Once upon a time there was a little village nestled at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Its greatest treasure was a sparkling, life-giving stream that flowed right down the center. The people who lived near that stream were happy and vibrant. One day the Town Council gathered to go over the budget, and they came […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/a-flowing-stream/">A Flowing Stream</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason encouraged us to "Teach from a flowing stream, not from a stagnant pool." Charlotte Mason encouraged us to "Teach from a flowing stream, not from a stagnant pool." Sonya Shafer clean 4:20 Keeping Your Balance, 2017–18 Calendar Journal https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keeping-balance-2017-18-calendar-journal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-balance-2017-18-calendar-journal Tue, 23 May 2017 10:34:07 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=601973 <p>Balance is a needful, but often elusive, state. We yearn for it, yet often we don’t consciously think about it until it’s gone. When life is humming along smoothly, we don’t usually focus on possible tweaks and changes we may need to make. It’s when we lose our balance and things get wobbly, or come […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keeping-balance-2017-18-calendar-journal/">Keeping Your Balance, 2017–18 Calendar Journal</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Be reminded of Charlotte Mason’s advice and receive practical tips on how to make balance happen in the classroom, in the living room, and in your heart. Be reminded of Charlotte Mason’s advice and receive practical tips on how to make balance happen in the classroom, in the living room, and in your heart. Sonya Shafer clean 3:36 You Need All Three: Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/need-three-atmosphere-discipline-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=need-three-atmosphere-discipline-life Tue, 16 May 2017 17:25:04 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=614014 <p>If you have ever sat on a three-legged stool, you know how important the three legs are to keeping your balance. Take away any of the legs and the stool becomes unstable. It’s the same with a Charlotte Mason education. Charlotte described her philosophy of education in three words—three legs of a stool, if you […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/need-three-atmosphere-discipline-life/">You Need All Three: Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Discipline, life, atmosphere—all three are necessary for a well-balanced education. You become unbalanced when you focus on one above the others. Discipline, life, atmosphere—all three are necessary for a well-balanced education. You become unbalanced when you focus on one above the others. Sonya Shafer clean 4:39 Get Your Student in the Word https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/get-student-word/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-student-word Thu, 11 May 2017 13:50:08 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=613153 <p>I have a little saying that sums up my goals for my children’s Bible lessons: Get the Word in your children and your children in the Word. The first part of that goal—get the Word in your children—is done through short, daily Scripture Memory. The second part of that goal—get your children in the Word—reflects […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/get-student-word/">Get Your Student in the Word</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are excited to announce the new "In the Word" series of Bible study guides. We are excited to announce the new "In the Word" series of Bible study guides designed to help you teach your children how to study the Bible for themselves. Sonya Shafer clean 6:00 New Lesson Plan Books from the Middle Ages through Modern Times https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-lesson-plan-books-middle-ages-modern-times/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-lesson-plan-books-middle-ages-modern-times Tue, 09 May 2017 17:37:21 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=613148 <p>We at SCM are committed to continue to grow and improve the resources that we offer. As our name suggests, our goal is to make it simple for you to give your children an enjoyable, quality Charlotte Mason education. Today we are pleased to announce three updated and revised lesson plan books: Middle Ages, Renaissance, […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-lesson-plan-books-middle-ages-modern-times/">New Lesson Plan Books from the Middle Ages through Modern Times</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Today we are pleased to announce three updated and revised lesson plan books covering Middle Ages to Modern Times. Today we are pleased to announce three updated and revised lesson plan books covering Middle Ages to Modern Times. Sonya Shafer clean 6:56 How to Dish Up Knowledge https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/how-to-dish-up-knowledge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-dish-up-knowledge Wed, 03 May 2017 14:08:12 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=612915 <p>Children need food to grow. Nutritionists tell us that the best way to feed our children for physical growth is to regularly provide good portions of a variety of healthful foods several times a day. Charlotte Mason believed that the same principles hold true for feeding your child knowledge. “He needs knowledge as much as […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/how-to-dish-up-knowledge/">How to Dish Up Knowledge</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Three keys to dishing up knowledge in a way that will help keep your child healthy and growing in mind and spirit. Three keys to dishing up knowledge in a way that will help keep your child healthy and growing in mind and spirit. Sonya Shafer clean 3:59 Happy Results: Amanda L.’s CM Methods Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-amanda-l-s-cm-methods-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-amanda-l-s-cm-methods-story Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:08:47 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=601987 <p>Maybe you are new to Charlotte Mason’s methods and are on the fence about whether to use them in your home school. Or perhaps you aren’t sure that CM methods would work with your boys. Well, take some encouragement from Amanda L.’s experience with her two sons. Here is her Happy Results story. I have […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-amanda-l-s-cm-methods-story/">Happy Results: Amanda L.’s CM Methods Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Take some encouragement from Amanda L.'s experience using CM with her two sons. Take some encouragement from Amanda L.'s experience using CM with her two sons. Sonya Shafer clean 2:54 They Have to Stand Before They Can Run https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/stand-can-run/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stand-can-run Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:55:42 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=608521 <p>My daughter just sent me a sweet side-by-side picture that shows my granddaughter at five days old and at one year old in front of the same blossoming apple tree. Children grow so much that first year! It has been especially fun to watch that little one become mobile. She has wanted to move and […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/stand-can-run/">They Have to Stand Before They Can Run</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Growth is a gradual process. Whether it is physical growth or mental growth, that growth is designed to happen gradually over time. Growth is a gradual process. Whether it is physical growth or mental growth, that growth is designed to happen gradually over time. Sonya Shafer clean 5:39 Fabulous New Living Book on the Middle Ages https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/fabulous-new-living-book-middle-ages/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fabulous-new-living-book-middle-ages Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:45:17 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=608502 <p>We are so excited to announce a new living history book for the whole family: A Castle with Many Rooms: The Story of the Middle Ages! Now you and your children can follow the fascinating story of the Middle Ages from the Fall of Rome to the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution. From Europe to […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/fabulous-new-living-book-middle-ages/">Fabulous New Living Book on the Middle Ages</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are so excited to announce a new living history book for the whole family: A Castle with Many Rooms: The Story of the Middle Ages! We are so excited to announce a new living history book for the whole family: A Castle with Many Rooms: The Story of the Middle Ages! Sonya Shafer clean 2:44 Nature Study and Science: Is There a Difference? https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-science-difference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nature-study-science-difference Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:47:12 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=602234 <p>We hear a lot about nature study as one of Charlotte Mason’s key methods. And it is a key activity for learning. The question is sometimes asked, though: Is nature study all you do for science? Let’s talk a bit about how nature study and science fit into a Charlotte Mason education. Charlotte taught her […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/nature-study-science-difference/">Nature Study and Science: Is There a Difference?</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Is nature study all you do for Charlotte Mason science? We hear a lot about nature study as one of Charlotte Mason's key methods. The question is sometimes asked, though: Is nature study all you do for science? Sonya Shafer clean 4:57 Happy Results: Michelle F.’s Shakespeare Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-michelle-f-s-shakespeare-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-michelle-f-s-shakespeare-story Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:50:05 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=601978 <p>Charlotte Mason was sure that even young students could enjoy Shakespeare. She reported, “Their power to understand, visualise, and ‘tell’ a play of Shakespeare from nine years old and onwards is very surprising” (Vol. 6, p. 182). Michelle F. recently witnessed the same thing when she introduced Shakespeare to her nine-year-old. Here is her Happy […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-michelle-f-s-shakespeare-story/">Happy Results: Michelle F.’s Shakespeare Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason was sure that even young students could enjoy Shakespeare. Michelle F. recently witnessed this when she introduced Shakespeare to her nine-year-old. Charlotte Mason was sure that even young students could enjoy Shakespeare. Michelle F. recently witnessed this when she introduced Shakespeare to her nine-year-old. Sonya Shafer clean 2:50 More of The Stuff They Left Behind https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/stuff-left-behind/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stuff-left-behind Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:29:08 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=605659 <p>There’s something about looking closely and carefully at a historical object that makes that era become more real in your mind. Taking your time to observe in detail the treasures that people of the past created seems to help you form a stronger relation with them and the time period in which they lived. The […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/stuff-left-behind/">More of The Stuff They Left Behind</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are pleased to announce three new The Stuff They Left Behind portfolios that feature artifacts and architecture from history. We are pleased to announce three new The Stuff They Left Behind portfolios that feature artifacts and architecture from history. Sonya Shafer clean 4:22 Visits to Asia Now Available https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/visits-asia-now-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visits-asia-now-available Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:29:37 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=601976 <p>We are thrilled to announce that the much-anticipated Visits to Asia geography notebook is now available! This gentle weekly study walks you through an exploration of the countries of Asia with captivating photography, a traveler’s firsthand accounts, delightful living books, and step-by-step work with maps. Your children will especially enjoy the guided readings from two […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/visits-asia-now-available/"><em>Visits to Asia</em> Now Available</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are thrilled to announce that the much-anticipated Visits to Asia geography notebook is now available! We are thrilled to announce that the much-anticipated Visits to Asia geography notebook is now available! Sonya Shafer clean 4:11 A Weekly Homeschool Schedule As Simple As 1-2-3 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/weekly-homeschool-schedule-simple-1-2-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weekly-homeschool-schedule-simple-1-2-3 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:57:31 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=602245 <p>Many of you are in the midst of planning for your home schools, so I thought it might be helpful to share a quick explanation of how I plan my weekly schedule. I’ve been using this 1-2-3 method of planning a weekly schedule for about 15 years now, so you know two things: first, it’s […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/weekly-homeschool-schedule-simple-1-2-3/">A Weekly Homeschool Schedule As Simple As 1-2-3</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> A quick explanation of how I plan my weekly schedule. A quick explanation of how I plan my weekly schedule. Sonya Shafer clean 5:26 Happy Results: Melissa S’s Picture Study Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-melissa-ss-picture-study-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-melissa-ss-picture-study-story Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:28 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=601788 <p>I recently read this wonderful reminder of what it is we are endeavoring to do when we give our children a Charlotte Mason education: I desire my children to form relations with what they study—not to know meagerly “about” something but to really know something by establishing a relationship with it (A Charlotte Mason Companion […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-melissa-ss-picture-study-story/">Happy Results: Melissa S’s Picture Study Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Melissa S. shares about a special moment when she was privileged to see her son form his own relations. Melissa S. shares about a special moment when she was privileged to see her son form his own relations. Sonya Shafer clean 3:16 Use Powerful Combinations: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 7 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/use-powerful-combinations-6-tools-self-education-part-7/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=use-powerful-combinations-6-tools-self-education-part-7 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:14:48 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591484 <p>Thanks for coming along on this little study that caught my attention. This whole idea of self-educating seems clearer now. We’ve looked at six tools that facilitate self-education: Read or hear literary books. Put it in your own words (narrate). Observe closely and carefully. Record your discoveries in personal notebooks. Memorize and recite. Create something […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/use-powerful-combinations-6-tools-self-education-part-7/">Use Powerful Combinations: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 7</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason could expect her students to self-educate, for she had given them the tools to do so. Everything about lessons the CM way are designed to help the student learn how to self-educate. Charlotte Mason could expect her students to self-educate, for she had given them the tools to do so. Everything about lessons the CM way are designed to help the student learn how to self-educate. Sonya Shafer clean 5:33 Create Something of Your Own: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 6 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/create-something-6-tools-self-education-part-6/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=create-something-6-tools-self-education-part-6 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:36:52 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591481 <p>When my children were young we had a designated Craft Box. Into this box went empty paper towel tubes, clean styrofoam trays, sheets of felt on clearance at the fabric store, empty cereal boxes, paper that had been printed on one side and was no longer needed, plastic bottle caps, pictures from greeting cards, and […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/create-something-6-tools-self-education-part-6/">Create Something of Your Own: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 6</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Creating something of your own from the pieces that you have is a valuable tool for self-education. Creating something of your own from the pieces that you have is a valuable tool for self-education. Sonya Shafer clean 5:03 Keep It and Give It Away: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 5 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keep-give-away-6-tools-self-education-part-5/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keep-give-away-6-tools-self-education-part-5 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:34:33 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591478 <p>I was talking with a mother recently whose daughter had memorized a poem. The mother shared how some relatives had stopped by, and the mother had taken advantage of their visit to encourage her daughter to recite the poem for them. At first the girl was hesitant, but she took courage, stood before them, and […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keep-give-away-6-tools-self-education-part-5/">Keep It and Give It Away: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 5</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Memorizing is a well-known tool for self-education. It's a great way to cement material in your mind. When you memorize something you take it into yourself and it becomes a part of your thought processes. Memorizing is a well-known tool for self-education. It's a great way to cement material in your mind. When you memorize something you take it into yourself and it becomes a part of your thought processes. Sonya Shafer clean 3:39 Record Your Discoveries: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 4 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/record-discoveries-6-tools-self-education-part-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=record-discoveries-6-tools-self-education-part-4 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 03:45:48 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591475 <p>Write it down. That was the instruction at the end of the first chapter in the book I was reading. The chapter had been full of ideas and possibilities. So much so that my head was spinning with different images and options. But when I read those words, encouraging me to take a little time […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/record-discoveries-6-tools-self-education-part-4/">Record Your Discoveries: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 4</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Notebooks for self-education are not like workbooks. Instead, they are a treasured personal reflection of life-shaping knowledge. The best notebooks for self-education become what the student makes them as he assimilates the material for his own and records what stood out to him, what he thinks is important, what he wants to remember, what he discovered for himself. Sonya Shafer clean 4:16 Observe Closely and Carefully: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 3 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/observe-closely-carefully-6-tools-self-education-part-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=observe-closely-carefully-6-tools-self-education-part-3 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:02:54 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591472 <p>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. “When I hear you […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/observe-closely-carefully-6-tools-self-education-part-3/">Observe Closely and Carefully: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 3</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> You can learn a lot if you look closely and carefully. Observation is a great tool for self-education. You can learn a lot if you look closely and carefully. Observation is a great tool for self-education. Sonya Shafer clean 5:26 Put It in Your Own Words: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 2 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/put-words-6-tools-self-education-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=put-words-6-tools-self-education-part-2 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:27:21 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591469 <p>“So where shall we meet?” I was arranging to have lunch with a friend, and we were trying to answer one of the most difficult questions that can ever be posed to two or more people: Where do you want to eat? I had spotted a pizza place recently that looked promising, so I suggested […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/put-words-6-tools-self-education-part-2/">Put It in Your Own Words: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 2</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Retelling something in your own words is a great way to self-educate. Retelling something in your own words is a great way to self-educate. Sonya Shafer clean 4:44 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 1 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/6-tools-self-education-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-tools-self-education-part-1 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:27:06 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591467 <p>It struck me the other day how much time and effort we homeschooling parents put into teaching. We spend hours discussing strategies, learning techniques, and evaluating materials, striving to improve our presentations as teachers. All of that is good. We should be dedicated to doing the best job we possibly can in this calling to […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/6-tools-self-education-part-1/">6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 1</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Just moving the eyes across the words and turning the pages to the end does not guarantee that the reader is learning. A key to self-education is to be actively engaged. Just moving the eyes across the words and turning the pages to the end does not guarantee that the reader is learning. A key to self-education is to be actively engaged. Sonya Shafer clean 5:33 Now Get Free Shipping Every Day https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/now-get-free-shipping-every-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=now-get-free-shipping-every-day Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:32:43 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=591648 <p>Don’t you love it when you finally reach a goal that you have had your eye on for many years? Well, the year 2017 reflects just such a milestone goal for SCM. We are excited to announce that Free Shipping will now be available every day all year round for contiguous U.S. orders over $75! […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/now-get-free-shipping-every-day/">Now Get Free Shipping Every Day</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are excited to announce that Free Shipping will now be available every day all year round for contiguous U.S. orders over $75! We are excited to announce that Free Shipping will now be available every day all year round for contiguous U.S. orders over $75! Sonya Shafer clean 2:36 Happy Results: Delight S.’s Habit Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-delight-s-s-habit-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-delight-s-s-habit-story Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:07:26 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=587048 <p>When we think of habits to be formed, we often think of tasks that will make our homes run smoother. We may look at a new year and decide to help our children focus on picking up toys, brushing teeth, putting away shoes, or wiping off kitchen counters. But there is one habit that can […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-delight-s-s-habit-story/">Happy Results: Delight S.’s Habit Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Enjoy this inspiring Happy Results story from Delight S. Enjoy this inspiring Happy Results story from Delight S. Sonya Shafer clean 3:04 Take Joy Home https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/take-joy-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=take-joy-home Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:26:48 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=587288 <p>I like to ponder this poem that Charlotte Mason and her student teachers pondered every Christmas season. Take joy home, And make a place in thy great heart for her, And give her time to grow, and cherish her! Then will She come and often sing to thee When thou art working in the furrows; […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/take-joy-home/">Take Joy Home</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> I like to ponder this poem that Charlotte Mason and her student teachers pondered every Christmas season. I like to ponder this poem that Charlotte Mason and her student teachers pondered every Christmas season. Sonya Shafer clean 2:00 Happy Results: Zelena O’s Music Study Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-zelena-os-music-study-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-zelena-os-music-study-story Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:28:43 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=587276 <p>Music is such a gift! And it doesn’t take a lot to give that gift to your children. Simply focusing on one composer for several weeks, listening to his works and enjoying them together, can have a large impact. Zelena O. had the privilege of seeing how much her boys have gleaned from the gift […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-zelena-os-music-study-story/">Happy Results: Zelena O’s Music Study Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Enjoy this musical Happy Results story from Zelena O. Enjoy this musical Happy Results story from Zelena O. Sonya Shafer clean 2:38 More Video Q & A https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/more-video-q-a/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=more-video-q-a Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:03:04 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=588108 <p>Thousands of you have enjoyed our free video resource, SCM Answers Your Questions. We’re glad those short, informal recordings have been encouraging. And we thought it might be helpful to add some more videos to the series, answering more of your questions. So we recently invited you to send in questions about homeschooling with the […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/more-video-q-a/">More Video Q & A</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Announcing eight new videos in our free SCM Answers Your Questions series. Announcing eight new videos in our free SCM Answers Your Questions series. Sonya Shafer clean 6:26 Two Ways to Save at SCM https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/two-ways-save-scm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=two-ways-save-scm Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:03:16 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=587121 <p>“Something old and something new.” Isn’t that how the rhyme goes? I know it is usually used in a wedding context, but those phrases keep coming to mind because we have two exciting announcements to make. Both of which will save you money. First, something old. We’re bringing back an old friend for the month […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/two-ways-save-scm/">Two Ways to Save at SCM</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We're happy to announce free shipping for the entire month of December and savings on scratch and dent items. We're happy to announce free shipping for the entire month of December and savings on scratch and dent items. Sonya Shafer clean 2:33 Together But Isolated: Taming Holiday Screen Time https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/together-isolated-taming-holiday-screen-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=together-isolated-taming-holiday-screen-time Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:44:18 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=587123 <p>Today I am happy to introduce a guest post from Doug Smith. Doug and his wife Karen are no strangers to many of you. They are co-creators of Simply Charlotte Mason, and you may have met them working the SCM booth at a convention near you. Around here Doug holds the working title of “webmaster […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/together-isolated-taming-holiday-screen-time/">Together But Isolated: Taming Holiday Screen Time</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here are three ideas to encourage togetherness at holiday gatherings in the midst of everyone looking at their phones and other screens. Here are three ideas to encourage togetherness at holiday gatherings in the midst of everyone looking at their phones and other screens. Sonya Shafer clean 6:12 New Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night and Macbeth https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-shakespeare-three-steps-twelfth-night-macbeth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-shakespeare-three-steps-twelfth-night-macbeth Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:45:33 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=583119 <p>The other day I heard someone describe Shakespeare’s plays as the “sitcoms of the 16th and 17th centuries.” At first I thought that was a trivial comparison; but the more I ponder it, the more sense it makes. Shakespeare’s plays were the entertainment of the day. They were the TV and movies back then, if […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-shakespeare-three-steps-twelfth-night-macbeth/">New Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night and Macbeth</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Today we announce two new additions to our Shakespeare in Three Steps series: Twelfth Night and Macbeth. Today we announce two new additions to our Shakespeare in Three Steps series: Twelfth Night and Macbeth. Sonya Shafer clean 4:32 Happy Results: Bek M’s Nature Study Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-bek-ms-nature-study-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-bek-ms-nature-study-story Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:11:34 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=583122 <p>Nature study is such a wonderful opportunity for learning no matter where you live. The main thing is to keep your ears and eyes open to the natural world around you and be willing to explore where it takes you. Bek M. recently did just that. Here is her story. We were in our school […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-bek-ms-nature-study-story/">Happy Results: Bek M’s Nature Study Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Today we have another Happy Results story. This time, Bek M. shares her family's nature study experience. Today we have another Happy Results story. This time, Bek M. shares her family's nature study experience. Sonya Shafer clean 3:55 Uniquely Human: A Book Review https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/uniquely-human-book-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uniquely-human-book-review Thu, 03 Nov 2016 22:24:56 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=583132 <p>I have a new favorite book about loving and educating a child with autism: Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant. I want to get copies for everyone in my extended family. I want to make it required reading for anyone who comes in contact with my child. This gentleman […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/uniquely-human-book-review/">Uniquely Human: A Book Review</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> I have a new favorite book about loving and educating a child with autism. I have a new favorite book about loving and educating a child with autism: Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant. This gentleman understands what it means to say "Children are persons" and to base their education on that foundational principle. I think he and Charlotte Mason would have gotten along famously! Sonya Shafer clean 5:08 More Poems to Enjoy: Holmes and Whittier https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/poems-enjoy-holmes-whittier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=poems-enjoy-holmes-whittier Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:00:29 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=583099 <p>I love Charlotte Mason’s “permission” to simply enjoy poetry. The weekly happy opportunities to read a poem with my children have enriched my own spirit. There is something refreshing about having the freedom to make my own relations with the poems, to notice for myself certain lines and turns of phrases that speak to my […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/poems-enjoy-holmes-whittier/">More Poems to Enjoy: Holmes and Whittier</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are happy to announce the addition of two new poets to our Enjoy the Poems collection: Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Greenleaf Whittier. We are happy to announce the addition of two new poets to our Enjoy the Poems collection: Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Greenleaf Whittier. Sonya Shafer clean 3:36 Happy Results: Katherine R’s Book of Centuries Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-katherine-rs-book-centuries-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-katherine-rs-book-centuries-story Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:20:49 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=583106 <p>Charlotte Mason’s idea of keeping a timeline in a book is brilliant. Each time you read about a person or an event in history, you turn to the appropriate century in the book and make an entry. But the real genius of the method is revealed when you go to enter another person and you […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-katherine-rs-book-centuries-story/">Happy Results: Katherine R’s Book of Centuries Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here's a great Happy Results story from Katherine R. about how a book of centuries worked in her home school. Here's a great Happy Results story from Katherine R. about how a book of centuries worked in her home school. Sonya Shafer clean 2:58 It’s OK to Say I Don’t Know https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/ok-say-dont-know/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ok-say-dont-know Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:49:21 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=579299 <p>“Why do the leaves fall?” My mind raced as her little face turned toward me with that so-familiar quizzical expression. OK. Science. Think! You learned this, didn’t you? Elementary school. Come on, come on, she’s waiting. Say something. Say anything, but sound wise! “Because that’s how the trees get ready for winter, dear,” I replied […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/ok-say-dont-know/">It’s OK to Say I Don’t Know</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> When you don't know the answer to your child's question, what should you do? Our children have such a strong sense of curiosity about everything around them. That desire to know can lead to pertinacious questioning—"Why?" and "How?" and "How come?" and "Why?" again. Charlotte Mason gave a very practical answer to this very common situation. Sonya Shafer clean 4:57 2017 Calendar Journal Now Available https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/2017-calendar-journal-now-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2017-calendar-journal-now-available Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:18:39 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=579319 <p>One of my favorite literary quotes is from Anne of Green Gables. (Some of you already know what it is, for you have hugged that quote to your own hearts too. Feel free to recite it along with me.) “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/2017-calendar-journal-now-available/">2017 Calendar Journal Now Available</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Our 2017 calendar journal is now available, with encouraging excerpts from the new book, "Laying Down the Rails for Yourself". Our 2017 calendar journal is now available, with encouraging excerpts from the new book, "Laying Down the Rails for Yourself". Sonya Shafer clean 3:00 Happy Results: Sarah M.’s Nature Study Story https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-sarah-m-s-nature-study-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-results-sarah-m-s-nature-study-story Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:20:14 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=579104 <p>It’s always encouraging to hear stories of how Charlotte Mason’s methods work in real home schools. There’s something about listening to others’ successful experiences that bolsters your confidence and fuels your enthusiasm to keep spreading the feast for your own children. Charlotte knew that people like to be told whether her approach works. And she […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/happy-results-sarah-m-s-nature-study-story/">Happy Results: Sarah M.’s Nature Study Story</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Here is an encouraging story from Sarah M. about her family's experience with Charlotte Mason nature study. Here is an encouraging story from Sarah M. about her family's experience with Charlotte Mason nature study. Sonya Shafer clean 4:22 Pilgrim Parent and the Three Shrines https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/pilgrim-parent-three-shrines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pilgrim-parent-three-shrines Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:40:34 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=574535 <p>Confession time: Today I didn’t want to be the parent. I didn’t want to do schoolwork. My daughter was willing and eager, but when she sat down in her favorite school-time chair my heart sank. Why do I have to do this again? Another child sought my counsel on an issue she is facing. Now, […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/pilgrim-parent-three-shrines/">Pilgrim Parent and the Three Shrines</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Being a parent isn't always easy. Charlotte Mason recognized the burden that one in authority carries, especially a parent. Being a parent isn't always easy. Charlotte Mason recognized the burden that one in authority carries, especially a parent. Sonya Shafer clean 7:44 Three New Picture Study Portfolios https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-new-picture-study-portfolios/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=three-new-picture-study-portfolios Wed, 14 Sep 2016 02:19:05 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=573493 <p>Picture study is such a simple way to give our children beauty in the midst of life and to cultivate their tastes for what is worthy and good. It adds so much to our week to take just five or ten minutes on Monday or Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, for that matter) and […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-new-picture-study-portfolios/">Three New Picture Study Portfolios</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We are pleased to announce three new artists have been added to our Picture Study Portfolio collection: Vermeer, Gainsborough, and Whistler. We are pleased to announce three new artists have been added to our Picture Study Portfolio collection: Vermeer, Gainsborough, and Whistler. Sonya Shafer clean 2:24 Scripture Memory: How https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/scripture-memory-how/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scripture-memory-how Tue, 06 Sep 2016 21:43:41 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=572840 <p>As we discussed last time, storing God’s Word in our hearts makes sure that His ideas are always right at hand, no matter what situations we encounter. When you have memorized Scripture, the Holy Spirit can readily reach into that supply and pull out exactly the guidance, comfort, and encouragement that you need. So how […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/scripture-memory-how/">Scripture Memory: How</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> A simple way to memorize a Scripture verse or passage is to read it through once a day. Here's how it works. A simple way to memorize a Scripture verse or passage is to read it through once a day. Here's how it works. Sonya Shafer clean 3:49 Scripture Memory: Why https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/scripture-memory-why/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scripture-memory-why Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:05:11 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=572825 <p>This morning as we did schoolwork, we started memorizing a new Bible verse. It’s not the first verse we’ve learned. Not by a long shot. We have been including Scripture memorization in our daily routine for about 15 years now and have committed hundreds of passages to memory. How about you? Are you faithfully memorizing […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/scripture-memory-why/">Scripture Memory: Why</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves why we memorize Scripture. Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves why we memorize Scripture. Sonya Shafer clean 3:49 Keep Learning https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keep-learning/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keep-learning Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:53:59 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=572820 <p>One of the things I love about the Charlotte Mason Method is that I get to keep learning—as an adult! Just this past year I’ve been challenged by Joseph Haydn’s daily creativity, encouraged by Oliver Wendell Holmes’s contentment at home, and stirred by Jan Vermeer’s attention to quality and detail. But in addition to partaking […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/keep-learning/">Keep Learning</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Make sure your students aren't the only ones learning something new this fall! Make sure your students aren't the only ones learning something new this fall! Sonya Shafer clean 3:00 Becoming a Gandy Dancer: Habit-Training, part 9 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/becoming-gandy-dancer-habit-training-part-9/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=becoming-gandy-dancer-habit-training-part-9 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 02:34:09 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530107 <p>Do you remember what a “gandy dancer” is? Way back in the first post of this series we mentioned that “gandy dancer” was the nickname that was given to early railroad workers who laid and maintained the tracks. Parents are gandy dancers. It is the parent’s business to lay down and maintain the rails of […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/becoming-gandy-dancer-habit-training-part-9/">Becoming a Gandy Dancer: Habit-Training, part 9</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Some final encouragement as we finish out this series on habit-training. Some final encouragement as we finish out this series on habit-training. Sonya Shafer clean 6:19 Parents Ease the Transition: Habit-Training, part 8 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-ease-transition-habit-training-part-8/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-ease-transition-habit-training-part-8 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:27:52 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530105 <p>One of the best gifts you can give your child is to help him become a person of excellent character. That is what habit-training can do: mold a child’s character. “ ‘Sow a habit, reap a character’; that is, the formation of habits is one of the chief means whereby we modify the original hereditary […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-ease-transition-habit-training-part-8/">Parents Ease the Transition: Habit-Training, part 8</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Successful habit-training depends on your helping your child make the transition to habit-training himself as he grows older. Successful habit-training depends on your helping your child make the transition to habit-training himself as he grows older. Sonya Shafer clean 3:33 New Enrichment Studies and Individual Studies https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-enrichment-studies-individual-studies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-enrichment-studies-individual-studies Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:01:07 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=535852 <p>One of the great things about a Charlotte Mason education is the wide variety of subjects the students get to enjoy: history, geography, Bible, science, math, and language arts; plus music study, art, nature study, picture study, handicrafts, singing, poetry, foreign language, and those wonderful family read-alouds. The challenge with presenting all of those great […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-enrichment-studies-individual-studies/">New Enrichment Studies and Individual Studies</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Enrichment Studies, Volume 2 and Individual Studies for Grades 5 and 6 are now available. Enrichment Studies, Volume 2 and Individual Studies for Grades 5 and 6 are now available. Sonya Shafer clean 3:22 Three New Music Study with the Masters https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-new-music-study-masters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=three-new-music-study-masters Wed, 27 Jul 2016 02:44:10 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=535642 <p>Three composers. One had to think up brand new music every single day for years. One wrote one of his best pieces ever when he was a teenager. One could put anything in writing to music . . . or so his friends thought. Three men. One had to endure a nagging, scolding wife in […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-new-music-study-masters/">Three New Music Study with the Masters</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> We're excited to announce three new Music Study with the Masters portfolios. We're excited to announce three new Music Study with the Masters portfolios. Sonya Shafer clean 2:44 New Delightful Reading Kits https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-delightful-reading-kits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-delightful-reading-kits Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:38:59 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=535830 <p>Over the years since Delightful Reading first came out, we have seen many faces light up as parents discover Charlotte Mason’s brilliant method of teaching children to read. Her techniques work with both new readers and reluctant readers and have helped many a student enter the wonderful world of reading with confidence! As many of […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-delightful-reading-kits/">New Delightful Reading Kits</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> This week, Sonya gives an overview of the new Delightful Reading kits. This week, Sonya gives an overview of the new Delightful Reading kits. Sonya Shafer clean 5:44 Parents Give an Endowment: Habit-Training, part 7 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-give-endowment-habit-training-part-7/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-give-endowment-habit-training-part-7 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:27:05 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530103 <p>The good habits you instill in your child’s life are an endowment. There is a subtle difference between an endowment and an investment. Habit-training yourself is an investment with a large return. An investment is something you usually do for yourself; you put in the capital. An endowment is like an inheritance; someone else supplies […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-give-endowment-habit-training-part-7/">Parents Give an Endowment: Habit-Training, part 7</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> An endowment is like an inheritance. That’s what you are giving your child as you contribute to his “habit account.” An investment is something you usually do for yourself; you put in the capital. An endowment is like an inheritance; someone else supplies the capital. That’s what you are giving your child as you contribute to his “habit account.” Sonya Shafer clean 2:41 Parents Support the Will: Habit-Training, part 6 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-support-will-habit-training-part-6/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-support-will-habit-training-part-6 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 01:12:26 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530101 <p>All of the things we have discussed over the past few weeks on habit-training—taking on the effort of decision, spotlighting the trigger, and adjusting the consequences—are ways to help support your child’s Will. Habit-training yourself depends on a strong Will that can make the right choices even when it’s hard. You have to decide which […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-support-will-habit-training-part-6/">Parents Support the Will: Habit-Training, part 6</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Habit-training a child provides an opportunity for a built-in support and encouragement system. Habit-training a child provides an opportunity for a built-in support system. You can be a supporter and encourager to your child. He will find it easier to succeed because you are right there beside him—sympathizing with his efforts, challenging him to be his best, and cheering him on. Sonya Shafer clean 3:13 Parents Adjust the Consequences: Habit-Training, part 5 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-adjust-consequences-habit-training-part-5/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-adjust-consequences-habit-training-part-5 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:13:17 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530098 <p>Habits have consequences. It is a fact of life that we witness every day. If you have a habit of doing the laundry regularly, you will have clean clothes to wear. If you have a habit of saving money from every paycheck, you will acquire a buffer for unexpected or future purchases. On the flip […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-adjust-consequences-habit-training-part-5/">Parents Adjust the Consequences: Habit-Training, part 5</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Consequences can be powerful motivators in habit-training. Consequences can be powerful motivators. Natural consequences are the most powerful, but often you have to adjust and give your child a substitute consequence in order to keep him encouraged along the way or prevent him from ruining his life. Sonya Shafer clean 3:40 Don’t Become the Trigger: Habit-Training, part 4 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/dont-become-trigger-habit-training-part-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-become-trigger-habit-training-part-4 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:39:09 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530094 <p>We talked last time about the importance of having a trigger that will prompt you to do the desired habit every time. Adults usually have to come up with triggers for themselves, but parents can help their children by spotlighting triggers for them. The trick is to not become your child’s trigger. This is where […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/dont-become-trigger-habit-training-part-4/">Don’t Become the Trigger: Habit-Training, part 4</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Adults usually have to come up with habit triggers for themselves, but parents can help their children by spotlighting triggers for them. The trick is to not become your child’s trigger. Adults usually have to come up with habit triggers for themselves, but parents can help their children by spotlighting triggers for them. The trick is to not become your child’s trigger. Sonya Shafer clean 4:08 Parents Spotlight the Trigger: Habit-Training, part 3 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-spotlight-trigger-habit-training-part-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-spotlight-trigger-habit-training-part-3 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:25:05 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530091 <p>Whether you are instilling a new habit in your own life or in your child’s life, you need to make the initial decisions about which habit you want to work on, what it will look like, whether you need to break it down into smaller more manageable stops along the way, when you are going […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-spotlight-trigger-habit-training-part-3/">Parents Spotlight the Trigger: Habit-Training, part 3</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Scientists tell us that habits are a three-step process. First, there is a trigger or prompt that cues you to do the desired action. Second, you do the action in response. Third, you experience some kind of reward that makes you want to repeat the proc... Scientists tell us that habits are a three-step process. First, there is a trigger or prompt that cues you to do the desired action. Second, you do the action in response. Third, you experience some kind of reward that makes you want to repeat the process. The more you repeat the process, the deeper it becomes engrained in your brain. Sonya Shafer clean 4:32 Parents Take On the Effort of Decision: Habit-Training, part 2 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-take-effort-decision-habit-training-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-take-effort-decision-habit-training-part-2 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:34:41 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530086 <p>As we discussed last week, in many ways your job of cultivating good habits in your child is just like cultivating them in your own life. Most of the principles and practical steps are similar. But there are also some differences between laying down the rails in your child’s life and laying them down for […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-take-effort-decision-habit-training-part-2/">Parents Take On the Effort of Decision: Habit-Training, part 2</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> There are some differences between laying down the rails in your child’s life and laying them down for yourself. When cultivating good habits in your child’s life, you do some of the work for him. There are some differences between laying down the rails in your child’s life and laying them down for yourself. When cultivating good habits in your child’s life, you do some of the work for him. Sonya Shafer clean 3:15 A Parent’s Business: Habit-Training, part 1 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-business-habit-training-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parents-business-habit-training-part-1 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:35:51 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=530081 <p>Have you ever heard of a gandy dancer? I just discovered that term and am enjoying the whimsy and rhythm of it. It’s the nickname that was given to early railroad workers who laid and maintained railroad tracks in the years before the work was done by machines. My husband recalled that it referred to […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/parents-business-habit-training-part-1/">A Parent’s Business: Habit-Training, part 1</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> It is the parent’s business to lay down and maintain the rails of good habits in a child’s life. We need to consider well the desired destination and work hard at making the trip invitingly smooth. It is the parent’s business to lay down and maintain the rails of good habits in a child’s life. We need to consider well the desired destination and work hard at making the trip invitingly smooth. Sonya Shafer clean 4:16 How to Handle Poor Exam Answers https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/handle-poor-exam-answers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=handle-poor-exam-answers Wed, 25 May 2016 01:41:34 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=525605 <p>Recently someone asked me a question about end-of-term exams. In a Charlotte Mason school, end-of-term exams are given by asking the student narration questions over the books that he was reading during the term (12 weeks). It’s a great way to assess long-term retention. I wonder if perhaps other Charlotte Mason homeschoolers might have the […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/handle-poor-exam-answers/">How to Handle Poor Exam Answers</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> What should you do if your child cannot answer a CM-style exam question? What should you do if your child cannot answer a CM-style exam question? Sonya Shafer clean 3:09 Next Steps: Subject by Subject, Part 18 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/next-steps-subject-subject-part-18/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=next-steps-subject-subject-part-18 Thu, 19 May 2016 01:27:24 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=522700 <p>We hope the Subject-by-Subject series has been helpful to you. Once you know Charlotte Mason’s methods, the next step is to get a plan and gather the resources to put the methods into practice. If you would prefer to draft your own plan, our free SCM Curriculum Guide will walk you through the process and […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/next-steps-subject-subject-part-18/">Next Steps: Subject by Subject, Part 18</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> As we wrap up this series on Charlotte Mason Subject by Subject, here are some resources that will help you take the next step of planning your home school. As we wrap up this series on Charlotte Mason Subject by Subject, here are some resources that will help you take the next step of planning your home school. Sonya Shafer clean 2:48 Teaching Math: Subject by Subject, Part 17 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-math-subject-by-subject-part-17/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-math-subject-by-subject-part-17 Wed, 11 May 2016 02:02:01 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8984 <p>(I am so pleased to welcome a guest writer who excels at presenting an insightful summary of math the Charlotte Mason way. Richele Baburina has extensively researched Charlotte Mason’s approach to math and compiled her findings in her excellent book, Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, and helpful DVD series, Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-math-subject-by-subject-part-17/">Teaching Math: Subject by Subject, Part 17</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Let’s take a brief look at how mathematics are taught in a Charlotte Mason education. Let’s take a brief look at how mathematics are taught in a Charlotte Mason education. Sonya Shafer clean 11:24 Teaching Grammar: Subject by Subject, Part 16 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-grammar-subject-by-subject-part-16/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-grammar-subject-by-subject-part-16 Wed, 04 May 2016 03:15:19 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8667 <p>Most of you were probably taught English grammar the same way I was. In first grade we were told, “A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea. Circle the nouns in these five sentences.” Then in second grade we were told, “A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-grammar-subject-by-subject-part-16/">Teaching Grammar: Subject by Subject, Part 16</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason’s approach to grammar was vastly different from the way you were probably taught. Charlotte Mason’s approach to grammar was vastly different from the way you were probably taught. Sonya Shafer clean 3:43 Teaching Writing: Subject by Subject, Part 15 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-writing-subject-by-subject-part-15/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-writing-subject-by-subject-part-15 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:10:52 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8388 <p>When we talk about writing, we usually have one or both of these aspects in mind: handwriting and composition. Let’s look at each one and outline how Charlotte Mason approached them. Handwriting Charlotte taught handwriting through the method of copywork. Copywork is pretty much what the name implies: the student copies something. In a Charlotte […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-writing-subject-by-subject-part-15/">Teaching Writing: Subject by Subject, Part 15</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> When we talk about writing, we usually have one or both of these aspects in mind: handwriting and composition. Let’s look at each one and outline how Charlotte Mason approached them. When we talk about writing, we usually have one or both of these aspects in mind: handwriting and composition. Let’s look at each one and outline how Charlotte Mason approached them. Sonya Shafer clean 6:04 2016–17 Calendar Journal: Laying Down the Rails for Yourself https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/201617-calendar-journal-laying-rails/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=201617-calendar-journal-laying-rails Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:46:55 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=525601 <p>Sometimes I read a book that grips my heart and challenges me to change. As I’m reading I think, Oh, this makes so much sense; I’ll always remember what it says. And for a little while I recall poignant passages and mull over meaningful phrases from the book in my mind. But then I read […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/201617-calendar-journal-laying-rails/">2016–17 Calendar Journal: Laying Down the Rails for Yourself</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Announcing our new 2016-17 Laying Down the Rails for Yourself Calendar Journal. A look at our new 2016-17 Calendar Journal, which features excerpts from Laying Down the Rails for Yourself, so you will have timely reminders of key ideas from that book all year round. Sonya Shafer clean 2:45 Teaching Spelling: Subject by Subject, Part 14 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-spelling-subject-by-subject-part-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-spelling-subject-by-subject-part-14 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:24:06 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=7982 <p>I’m a list person. As I sit at my desk and type these words, I’ve lost count of how many items I’ve added to my to-do list already today. Lists can be effective tools for many things. But when it comes to spelling, Charlotte Mason showed us that lists are not the most effective way […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-spelling-subject-by-subject-part-14/">Teaching Spelling: Subject by Subject, Part 14</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason taught spelling in context, not in lists. And her methods make total sense when you see the progression from beginning reader to advanced student. Charlotte Mason taught spelling in context, not in lists. And her methods make total sense when you see the progression from beginning reader to advanced student. Sonya Shafer clean 7:10 Teaching Beginning Reading: Subject by Subject, Part 13 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-beginning-reading-subject-by-subject-part-13/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-beginning-reading-subject-by-subject-part-13 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:15:54 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8722 <p>When my oldest child was a little one, the thought of teaching her how to read hovered in my mind as a huge challenge. I don’t remember waking up at night, wondering if I would be able to teach her to tie her shoes or to drive a car; but I do remember staring at […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-beginning-reading-subject-by-subject-part-13/">Teaching Beginning Reading: Subject by Subject, Part 13</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Most children will pick up reading quite naturally if raised in a language-rich environment where books are treasured. So relax and take a look at Charlotte Mason’s gentle and natural approach to teaching your child to read. It can seem a daunting task to teach a child to read, because so much of education depends on it. The better a child can read, the easier his schooling will be. But let me assure you that most children will pick up reading quite naturally if raised in a language-rich environment where books are treasured. Many people who grow up in such an environment cannot recall exactly how they learned to read, but learn they did. So relax and take a look at Charlotte Mason’s gentle and natural approach to teaching your child to read. Sonya Shafer clean 7:59 Teaching Science: Subject by Subject, Part 12 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-science-subject-by-subject-part-12/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-science-subject-by-subject-part-12 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:15:22 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8185 <p>Charlotte Mason used a two-faceted approach to teaching science that was very effective: systematic studies and spontaneous discovery. The systematic studies were accomplished through reading and narrating living science books. The spontaneous facet was added through doing nature study. Living Science Books & Narration Just as with teaching history, living books and narration provide many […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-science-subject-by-subject-part-12/">Teaching Science: Subject by Subject, Part 12</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason used a two-faceted approach to teaching science that was very effective: systematic studies and spontaneous discovery. The systematic studies were accomplished through reading and narrating living science books. Charlotte Mason used a two-faceted approach to teaching science that was very effective: systematic studies and spontaneous discovery. The systematic studies were accomplished through reading and narrating living science books. The spontaneous facet was added through doing nature study. Sonya Shafer clean 4:56 New Book: Laying Down the Rails for Yourself https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-book-laying-down-the-rails-for-yourself/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-book-laying-down-the-rails-for-yourself Wed, 23 Mar 2016 02:07:13 +0000 https://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=521802 <p>Thousands of families have benefited from Charlotte Mason’s wonderful counsel on habit-training children. The timeless strategies she outlined continue to change homes around the world. Yet, as I travel and speak on habit-training, parents often approach me with this concern: “I want to cultivate good habits in my children, but how can I do that […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/new-book-laying-down-the-rails-for-yourself/">New Book: <em>Laying Down the Rails for Yourself</em></a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason's timeless habit-training strategies have changed homes around the world. Yet, as I travel and speak on habit-training, parents often approach me with this concern: "I want to cultivate good habits in my children, Charlotte Mason's timeless habit-training strategies have changed homes around the world. Yet, as I travel and speak on habit-training, parents often approach me with this concern: "I want to cultivate good habits in my children, but how can I do that when I don't have the necessary good habits myself?" Sonya Shafer clean 2:56 Teaching Poetry: Subject by Subject, Part 11 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-poetry-subject-by-subject-part-11/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-poetry-subject-by-subject-part-11 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 01:30:28 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8972 <p>Most homeschool parents I talk to get a funny look on their faces when I mention poetry. That’s because their own schooling experience with poetry consisted of dissecting a poem to bits at the teacher’s insistence. Such over-analysis and examination steals all the joy from the beautiful words. Charlotte Mason’s approach is vastly different. Good […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-poetry-subject-by-subject-part-11/">Teaching Poetry: Subject by Subject, Part 11</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Most homeschool parents I talk to get a funny look on their faces when I mention poetry. That’s because their own schooling experience with poetry consisted of dissecting a poem to bits at the teacher’s insistence. Most homeschool parents I talk to get a funny look on their faces when I mention poetry. That’s because their own schooling experience with poetry consisted of dissecting a poem to bits at the teacher’s insistence. Such over-analysis and examination steals all the joy from the beautiful words. Charlotte Mason’s approach is vastly different. Sonya Shafer clean 4:39 Teaching Music: Subject by Subject, Part 10 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-music-subject-by-subject-part-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-music-subject-by-subject-part-10 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:35:33 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8331 <p>Charlotte recognized that not every student would become a virtuoso, but she understood that beauty and enjoyment can be added to life by appreciating good music, singing, and learning the basics of playing music. Here’s how to approach music in a Charlotte Mason way. Music Appreciation Simply choose one composer and play his or her […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-music-subject-by-subject-part-10/">Teaching Music: Subject by Subject, Part 10</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason understood that beauty and enjoyment can be added to life by appreciating good music, singing, and learning the basics of playing music. Here’s how to approach music in a Charlotte Mason way. Charlotte Mason understood that beauty and enjoyment can be added to life by appreciating good music, singing, and learning the basics of playing music. Here’s how to approach music in a Charlotte Mason way. Sonya Shafer clean 5:08 Teaching Literature: Subject by Subject, Part 9 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-literature-subject-by-subject-part-9/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-literature-subject-by-subject-part-9 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 02:18:59 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8508 <p>I’ve been cleaning off my bookshelves these past couple of weeks, trying to cull out duplicates. Now, usually duplicate copies of a title are not a problem in a household of readers, but when the shelves are full and you need more space . . . sacrifices must be made. Most of the duplicates in […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-literature-subject-by-subject-part-9/">Teaching Literature: Subject by Subject, Part 9</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Good literature comes alive to your emotions, fires your imagination, and plants seeds of ideas in your mind. It forms a vibrant connection to your heart and affects who you are becoming. Good literature comes alive to your emotions, fires your imagination, and plants seeds of ideas in your mind. It forms a vibrant connection to your heart and affects who you are becoming. Sonya Shafer clean 5:27 Teaching Foreign Language: Subject by Subject, Part 8 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-foreign-language-subject-by-subject-part-8/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-foreign-language-subject-by-subject-part-8 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:50:51 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8307 <p>If you had graduated from one of Charlotte Mason’s schools, you would have studied several different foreign languages: French, German, Italian, and Latin. And not just studied, but used and understood those languages quite well. In fact, her students were so fluent in French that they could read or listen to a reading in that […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-foreign-language-subject-by-subject-part-8/">Teaching Foreign Language: Subject by Subject, Part 8</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason's students could read, hear, and narrate in multiple languages. How did she accomplish that level of expertise? Let’s talk a bit about Charlotte’s brilliant approach to foreign language. Charlotte Mason's students could read, hear, and narrate in multiple languages. How did she accomplish that level of expertise? Let’s talk a bit about Charlotte’s brilliant approach to foreign language. Sonya Shafer clean 5:06 Teaching Handicrafts: Subject by Subject, Part 7 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-handicrafts-subject-by-subject-part-7/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-handicrafts-subject-by-subject-part-7 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 03:28:32 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8086 <p>The more time you spend around the Charlotte Mason Method, the more you come to realize what a nicely balanced approach it is. CM is not all books and narration; Charlotte also recognized the importance of working with your hands. There is much to be learned in working with one’s hands to create something of […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-handicrafts-subject-by-subject-part-7/">Teaching Handicrafts: Subject by Subject, Part 7</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> There is much to be learned in working with one’s hands to create something of use and beauty. Charlotte Mason selected a handicraft for her students to learn each term. There is much to be learned in working with one’s hands to create something of use and beauty. Charlotte Mason selected a handicraft for her students to learn each term. Sonya Shafer clean 3:41 Teaching Art: Subject by Subject, Part 6 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-art-subject-by-subject-part-6/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-art-subject-by-subject-part-6 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:22:49 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8747 <p>It seems that many schools either sprinkle a little art into the curriculum here and there as an afterthought or ignore it all together because of time constraints. Neither approach reflects the goal of a generous curriculum. Charlotte Mason approached art in a balanced way, regularly scheduling time for her students to both appreciate others’ […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-art-subject-by-subject-part-6/">Teaching Art: Subject by Subject, Part 6</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Charlotte Mason approached art in a balanced way, regularly scheduling time for her students to both appreciate others’ art and to express their own art. We can do the same regardless of our own artistic capabilities. Charlotte Mason approached art in a balanced way, regularly scheduling time for her students to both appreciate others’ art and to express their own art. We can do the same regardless of our own artistic capabilities. Sonya Shafer clean 5:11 Teaching Bible: Subject by Subject, Part 5 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-bible-subject-by-subject-part-5/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-bible-subject-by-subject-part-5 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:30:39 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=8021 <p>Of all the subjects we include in our children’s education, the most important should be their Bible lessons. When Charlotte Mason talked about the knowledge that is important to give our children, she cited, “First and chiefest is the knowledge of God, to be got at most directly through the Bible” (Vol. 6, p. 254). […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-bible-subject-by-subject-part-5/">Teaching Bible: Subject by Subject, Part 5</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Of all the subjects we include in our children’s education, the most important should be their Bible lessons. Of all the subjects we include in our children’s education, the most important should be their Bible lessons. Sonya Shafer clean 5:28 Teaching Geography: Subject by Subject, Part 4 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-geography-subject-by-subject-part-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-geography-subject-by-subject-part-4 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:43:47 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=7958 <p>If you had mentioned geography to me twenty years ago, when I started homeschooling, my mind would have immediately visualized dusty maps with puzzling colored shapes and lists of imports, exports, and natural resources. Oh, and currency types. And sometimes a line-up of flags around the border. But today my concept of geography has changed […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-geography-subject-by-subject-part-4/">Teaching Geography: Subject by Subject, Part 4</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> History and geography are not about numbers, they are about real people and real places. They are living subjects and should be taught as such. With the Charlotte Mason method, they are. History and geography are not about numbers, they are about real people and real places. They are living subjects and should be taught as such. With the Charlotte Mason method, they are. Sonya Shafer clean 6:20 Teaching History: Subject by Subject, Part 3 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-history-subject-by-subject-part-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teaching-history-subject-by-subject-part-3 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 02:03:27 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=7922 <p>When I graduated from “the school of the yellow bus,” I knew next to nothing about history. Yes, I had made good grades, but very little about history had stuck. There was no reason to retain that mental list of events and dates past the test day, because I had no personal relation with those […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/teaching-history-subject-by-subject-part-3/">Teaching History: Subject by Subject, Part 3</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Whether history is your favorite subject or a lot of forgotten dates from days gone by, you can enjoy watching it come alive alongside your children when you use Charlotte’s wonderful methods of living books, narration, and a Book of Centuries. Whether history is your favorite subject or a lot of forgotten dates from days gone by, you can enjoy watching it come alive alongside your children when you use Charlotte’s wonderful methods of living books, narration, and a Book of Centuries. Sonya Shafer clean 7:20 Three Basic CM Principles: Subject by Subject, Part 2 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-basic-cm-principles-subject-by-subject-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=three-basic-cm-principles-subject-by-subject-part-2 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:15:19 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=7897 <p>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. If I […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/three-basic-cm-principles-subject-by-subject-part-2/">Three Basic CM Principles: Subject by Subject, Part 2</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Three principles are foundational to a Charlotte Mason education. No matter what school subjects you are teaching, you want to be sure to keep these keys in place. Three principles are foundational to a Charlotte Mason education. No matter what school subjects you are teaching, you want to be sure to keep these keys in place. Sonya Shafer clean 6:31 A Generous Curriculum: Subject By Subject, Part 1 https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/a-generous-curriculum-subject-by-subject-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-generous-curriculum-subject-by-subject-part-1 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:00:21 +0000 http://simplycharlottemason.com/?p=7871 <p>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. […]</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/a-generous-curriculum-subject-by-subject-part-1/">A Generous Curriculum: Subject By Subject, Part 1</a> originally appeared on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://simplycharlottemason.com">Simply Charlotte Mason</a>.</p> Instead of just the basic three Rs, a Charlotte Mason education emphasizes a wide and generous curriculum that attempts to spread a feast of ideas before the children. Instead of just the basic three Rs, a Charlotte Mason education emphasizes a wide and generous curriculum that attempts to spread a feast of ideas before the children. Sonya Shafer clean 4:16