Category Archives: Charlotte Mason

Multi-Grade Teaching – An Example

I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’ll be combining my older three children into Grade 7 – Exploring Your World, and several people have asked me what I’m adding to it to make it high school level for my … Continue reading

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Literature-Based Learning: Creating a Rhythm to your Days

I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately, my brain has been in planning mode. Ordering¬†material for the new school year, rearranging books on our shelves, making lists of school supplies we need to buy. It’s one of … Continue reading

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Educational Problems: The Habit of Reading

The most common and the monstrous defect in the education of the day is that children fail to acquire the habit of reading. ~ Charlotte Mason The most important thing we can do for our children is to¬†instill the habit … Continue reading

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Homeschooling: A Beautiful Education

When you first began homeschooling, you probably had no idea what you were doing. Maybe you pulled your child out of a bad school situation, or maybe you had been planning on homeschooling since their birth. Either way, you can’t … Continue reading

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Building Your Home Library on a Budget

When you homeschool with a living books philosophy, you’re going to need to invest in a good home library. But if you’re like me, you’re probably on a pretty tight budget. Being a living books homeschooler doesn’t mean you have … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Early Learning

My youngest child, Regina, is 4. I am often asked by well meaning strangers and family members when I’m going to start teaching her. I usually say that I already am – but it might not appear to be true. … Continue reading

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New – History and Science Based Narration Cards

One of the staples of Build Your Library curriculum are the Narration Cards. Narration is really the foundation of my program. Narration builds thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, listening skills – it is such an important part of your child’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Living Books

Living books are the soul of Build Your Library curriculum. But what is a living book? To me, a living book is a book that comes alive when you read it. It leaves a mark when you’ve finished reading and … Continue reading

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What is Narration?

Narration is really the backbone of the Charlotte Mason philosophy. At it’s core, narration is simply telling back what you read or heard. It is a way to sharpen listening skills. Narration takes the place of reading comprehension and tests … Continue reading

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