Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a blog series about what Literature-Based education is all about. Today, I’ll start by briefly going over what makes a book “living,” and then we’ll discuss how to choose the best books for your child. What makes a book “living?” I should start out by explaining what … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Choosing Great Literature"
I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’ll be combining my older three children into Level 7 – Exploring Your World, and several people have asked me what I’m adding to it to make it high school level for my oldest. So I thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to explain how we … Continue reading "Multi-Grade Teaching – An Example"
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 my favorite times of the year! But today, I wanted to talk a bit about … Continue reading "Literature-Based Learning: Creating a Rhythm to your Days"
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 of reading within them. Reading is the foundation on which their entire education is built. … Continue reading "Educational Problems: The Habit of Reading"
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 know what homeschooling is like until you’re in the midst of it. And often, while … Continue reading "Homeschooling: A Beautiful Education"
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 to spend a small fortune or go into debt providing your children with an expansive … Continue reading "Building Your Home Library on a Budget"
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. I haven’t done much in the way of formal curriculum with her yet, and to … Continue reading "Thoughts on Early Learning"
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 learning. Build Your Library lesson plans assign narration after both the literature (read alouds) and … Continue reading "History and Science Based Narration Cards"
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 lives in your heart forever after. That might seem like a lot to ask of … Continue reading "Thoughts on Living Books"
Narration is the backbone of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and a major tenet of the Build Your Library curriculum. At its 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, you no longer need a list of … Continue reading "What is Narration?"