Hi,  I’m Marjorie.

I’m a Charlotte Mason lover and long time homeschooler.

I’m passionate about helping you use Charlotte Mason’s instructions and ideals to create a homeschool that fits your family, regardless of your cultural or religious background.

My goal is to rid you of homeschooling guilt one post and email at a time. My mission is to empower you to create a peaceful and calm homeschool that is filled with joy.

Yes, all that magic happens here.  You’re in the right place.

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5 tv shows for charlotte mason homes

5 TV Shows for a Charlotte Mason home

Discover interesting and twaddle-free TV programs for preschool to adult that are good for homes following Charlotte Mason's methods of education. When your child is too sick to spend a lot of time playing, but not sick enough to sleep most of the day, what do you do?  Randomly flip through the channels hoping something catches your eye before your kid sees something you don't want to watch?  ("No, we are not watching Robin Hood ...
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Do We Have to Start Lessons at 6 Years Old?

Your six year old isn’t ready for lessons – is she doomed to a life of failure? You're little one just turned 6 years old and you can finally start homeschooling! You're been waiting for this for months, dutifully following Charlotte Mason's suggestion to delay academics until 6, and now you're raring to go. At first everything was fine. You were excited, little Junior was excited ... but soon (was it days? weeks?) your once ...
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Breaking Up with Your Curriculum

I sat on my bed and cried, yet again. My heart ached for my child. Most of the books she had no interest in, and some she barely understood. The activities were a bust, too. She’d rather spend her days hanging upside down from a tree than making the “fun and educational” salt dough map of whatever country we were studying.

I obviously was a terrible teacher, and I wondered if I was really cut out ...
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Whole Family Rhythms: An Honest Review

Yesterday I saw the announcement that Whole Family Rhythms is closing on June 15, 2019, and they don’t know what they will look like when (if) they re-open in the Fall. The good news is that all their products are 50% or more off; the bad news is that this might be the last time you can buy their guides. I only learned about them a few weeks ago, but I loved their samples so ...
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13 Secular Preschool Programs for Charlotte Mason Homes

Learn about 13 secular preschool programs that work with a Charlotte Mason homeschool.Are you searching for a preschool program that will help you bring Charlotte Mason's ideas to your little ones? Need a little hand-holding? Are you tired of asking for recommendations only to find that the program that looks lovely also will "provide a firm foundation in Christ"?I've done the research for you and found several preschool programs and resources that are both secular ...
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Form 1 Timetables for today

Learn the frequency and duration of early elementary subjects in a Charlotte Mason education, and update for modern life!Have you looked at the time tables but are having trouble translating it to our modern world? Does it all look like a bunch of random subjects? What do you do if you don't want to do school six days a week?Let's break down the timetable into manageable pieces and figure out how to bring it to ...
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Ultimate Guide to Diverse Books

Have you struggled to find diverse books for your children? One of the problems we face as home educators is finding books with main characters who are not of European ancestry. This diversity is important so that children can both look into a mirror (see characters that are like them) and peer through a window (see characters that are not like them). Sure, we can find lists here and there scattered across the interwebs, but ...
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The Four Pillars of a Peaceful Homeschool

Your spouse is almost home from work and you still have no idea what you’re cooking for dinner.  You guess it’s spaghetti again, and hope the family doesn't complain that it’s the second time this week.  You’ve been running all day but can’t figure out what you've done, and you still haven’t gotten a full day of all the lessons you’re “supposed to do” in, and you wonder how in the world people pull off ...
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