January 19, 2016

You’ve probably noticed that it has been quiet around here lately. I never mean to neglect social media and my blog, but life takes over and projects happen, and well…you get the idea. So I thought I’d take a moment to share what I’ve been working on. 🙂 First, I’ve been doing a lot of … Continue reading "What’s New at Build Your Library"


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December 31, 2015

Can you believe another year has gone? Time just seems to fly these days! I think this might be one of my favorite times of the year – there is something so exciting about having a whole brand new year with no mistakes in it yet hovering on the horizon. I love goal setting and … Continue reading "Happy New Year And a Freebie!"


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December 16, 2015

I made a video today for my Youtube channel about why I still read aloud with my teens, and I thought I would expand upon it here. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love books. I surround myself in stacks and stacks of books of every genre, so of course I want to encourage … Continue reading "The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Teens"


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December 10, 2015

Are you still scrambling to find the perfect gift for your child? Do you want to inspire a love of learning? Then you have come to the right place. I have compiled some of our favorite educational and fun gift ideas in one place! From art supplies to magnetic poetry, to board games and more … Continue reading "Build Your Library Holiday Gift Guide"


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November 10, 2015

I’ve been doing a series at my youtube channel called Charlotte Mason 101, where I talk about different aspects of the Charlotte Mason philosophy and how I incorporate them into my homeschool. Today I made a video about living books, so I thought I’d share it here with all of you! I hope you enjoyed … Continue reading "Charlotte Mason 101 – Living Books"


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October 30, 2015

I find that one of the hardest parts of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education for modern parents to adapt is Nature Study. In this video, I give you some tips and resources to take the fear out of studying nature with your children. I share some of my favorite resources, and I take my youngest … Continue reading "Nature Study Tips and Tricks"


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October 16, 2015

It’s time to head back to Hogwarts! I’m excited to announce that the third unit in our Harry Potter unit series, based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I had so much fun writing this unit – it’s always a pleasure to return to Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter. Buckle up, … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"


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August 1, 2015

We are deep into summer mode right now. The days are hot and lazy, perfect for curling up with a good book or spending afternoons in the backyard catching frogs and worms. It is also birthday season around here – my three eldest children all have birthdays within a week of each other. We have … Continue reading "Summer Learning"


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July 27, 2015

Copywork can seem deceptively simple. Give your child a sentence or two and have them copy it. It can seem like pointless busywork, but the benefits are enormous. First, copywork takes the place of penmanship practice. Once a child learns how to write their letters comfortably, they are ready to start simple copywork. Start with … Continue reading "How to Teach Copywork"


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April 27, 2015

This could potentially be a pretty long post – but I wanted to share some books that would work well with the BYL Level 1 and BYL Level 2 programs. I scoured my own personal bookshelves, as well as my town library and Amazon, to provide you with a list of great books for your … Continue reading "Recommended Readers for Level 1 and 2"


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