What do you picture when you think of the Middle Ages? Do you imagine castles and knights and damsels in distress? What about smelly cess pits or teeth-pulling barbers or the bubonic plague? There are so many interesting things to learn about when studying medieval times. I've always found the Middle Ages to be the … Continue reading Living Books and Other Resources for Medieval History Studies
What's so great about a vernal pool? A lot, it turns out. For us, it all started with a picture book. A beautifully illustrated picture book by Kimberly Ridley called The Secret Pool. It's a book that is absolutely packed with information about vernal pools, seasonal ponds that provide a habitat for a variety of … Continue reading Homeschool Nature Study: What’s so Great about a Vernal Pool?
It's officially summer break (with the exception of some leftover math and spelling lessons), and I'll soon be sitting down to schedule and plan curriculum for the fall. I already have most of what we'll need for next year, which is a wonderful feeling. Since I love reading about other people's curriculum choices, I thought … Continue reading Our 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Grades 3 and 4
“We spread an abundant and delicate feast in the programs and each small guest assimilates what he can.” (Charlotte Mason) When talking about home education, homeschoolers with a Charlotte Mason leaning often use the term "spreading the feast". We read poetry and beautiful stories. We study art and listen to wonderful music. We … Continue reading Start Your Homeschool Day on the Right Foot: Nourishing Your Homeschooler’s Body
I want to preface this by saying that I'm not a homeschool philosophy expert. I'm not someone who has pored over volumes of educational methods. I'm not someone who religiously follows one specific way of doing things. But as I've been reading Charlotte Mason's Home Education for my homeschool book club, much of what she … Continue reading Homeschool Lessons that Cultivate Attention (Thoughts on Charlotte Mason’s “Home Education”)
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle This year, we're reading Home Education in our homeschool group. Home … Continue reading Charlotte Mason and Habit Training (Thoughts on “Home Education”)
We ended up with a winter wonderland this week. It was breathtakingly beautiful and so much fun. There were snowmen, steaming mugs of hot chocolate, beautiful walks and cozy stories. We played games, had pretty tea times, went on field trips and enjoyed a wonderful time learning. The upstairs Christmas tree looks lovely, so there's … Continue reading The Week in Review
It's messy. Even on the best days, homeschooling is messy. I'm not just talking about the books strewn across the table, the toys strewn across the living room and the dirt, grass, leaves and shoes strewn across the front entryway. It's the conflict that can arise when four people are together—all day, every day. Yes, … Continue reading Why Did We Choose Home Education?
"Mom, look!" She stoops beside a rotting log, her voice loud with excitement. "Look at the way this fungus is growing — it's shaped just like a rose!" We stop in our tracks, all four of us. Even the littlest one bends low to look close. I've been asked before just how it is … Continue reading Charlotte Mason and Richard Louv: Nature Study and the “Powers of Observation” (Thoughts on “Home Education”)
Christmas Eve. Voices echoed angelic songs in darkness lit by hundreds of tiny flames that flickered like stars. I held my candle carefully as I sang the miracle and mystery of a Saviour come to earth. Heaven stooping low. The glorious beauty of ancient prophecy fulfilled. My children, beside me, looked on with wonder-filled eyes. … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Inspired: Step-by-Step Christmas Hymn Study