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Reading Aloud: 5 Tips to Keeping Your Child Engaged

Learn 5 super-easy strategies to keep your child's attention during read aloud times. It happened again.I had read an entire selection from our current read-aloud to my child. I could see her attention wandering, and by the end I knew I had lost her.I knew it was an interesting book. I knew if I could keep her attention while I was reading aloud she would love it.Bu when I finished with that short section, I ...
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Why You Shouldn’t Go On Nature Walks with Your Children

Learn why you shouldn't go on nature walks with your children, and what you should do instead. What do you picture when you hear the words "nature walk"? Is it a woman in Edwardian clothing walking briskly down a country lane, taking deep power breaths through her nose? ("Ahhh... smell that country air!") An adult in jeans and tank top leading a small group of kids, clapping to get their attention, then pointing at a ...
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The Magic Flute from Living Music from the Heart (An Honest Review)

Learn how to introduce music and an instrument to your early elementary child even if you have absolutely no idea how to do it. Living Music from the Heart (Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. This means if you buy after clicking through a link, I may earn a small commission at now extra cost to you.) You’ve thought about a piano or keyboard like Charlotte Mason recommended, but that’s just too expensive right now. Besides, ...
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Dyslexia and Charlotte Mason: 8 Changes You Need to Make

Learn the 8 ways you need to adapt Charlotte Mason for your dyslexic child You just recently got the diagnosis: dyslexia. Maybe you feel some (or great!) relief, because you finally have a reason that your child is having so many struggles with reading, writing, and spelling. You know now that it's not that you're a terrible teacher. And it's not that your child just isn't trying. But with the relief comes that thought: can ...
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Step-by-step tutorial to CM Exams

Does the idea of giving exams terrify you? Here's a step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the process. Exams don't have to be scary!The purpose of examsUnlike many exams where the purpose is to find out what the child knows and does not know, Charlotte Mason exams instead are designed to showcase what the child knows.They are not only an assessment tool for the parent, but also let the parent or teacher know what the ...
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Lessons learned giving Charlotte Mason Exams

Three lessons learned you can apply immediately to your own homeschool. What happened when I gave my child Charlotte Mason exams for the first time?I gave my first exams last year.I have been Charlotte Mason homeschooling for 15 years, and yet it took me that long to work up the courage to do exams. I just didn't think that they were all that important.Isn't Charlotte Mason about not giving tests ? But in her books, ...
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8 Great Podcasts for thinking homeschoolers

Discover intriguing new podcasts to add to your playlist. Between homeschooling, keeping the house reasonable, getting time outdoors, and all the other demands on my time, it seems I rarely have time to read anymore. For years, I've combated this with copious use of audiobooks in the car, but sometimes I crave more than a good story. Enter podcasts. While podcasts can be stories, they're more often like sitting in on a talk or discussion ...
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Form III Schedules for Today

LEARN THE FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF Middle School SUBJECTS IN A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION, AND UPDATE FOR TODAY! Making a homeschool schedule can overwhelming. What is realistic? What's too much? How often should we do math every day? Moving into middle school/junior high can feel even more daunting. We don't just want to hand our kids a list of assignments and pages to be read at the beginning of the week and then say "have ...
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Diversity

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 ...
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Is Charlotte Mason only for Christians?

You’ve heard things about this Charlotte Mason method, and the more you read the more it sounds like exactly what ...
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5 Mythology Books for the Heathen Homeschooler

Bringing our own religious beliefs into a Charlotte Mason education can present a challenge, simply because there is no pre-made ...
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Charlotte Mason for the rest of us

What does that mean? "For the rest of us"? Not Charlotte Mason-lite. Not Charlotte Mason-inspired. Not Charlotte Mason-ish. We knew ...
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How-to

Reading Aloud: 5 Tips to Keeping Your Child Engaged

Learn 5 super-easy strategies to keep your child's attention during read aloud times. It happened again.I had read an entire ...
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Dyslexia and Charlotte Mason: 8 Changes You Need to Make

Learn the 8 ways you need to adapt Charlotte Mason for your dyslexic child You just recently got the diagnosis: ...
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Step-by-step tutorial to CM Exams

Does the idea of giving exams terrify you? Here's a step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the process. Exams don't ...
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Lessons learned giving Charlotte Mason Exams

Three lessons learned you can apply immediately to your own homeschool. What happened when I gave my child Charlotte Mason ...
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Form III Schedules for Today

LEARN THE FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF Middle School SUBJECTS IN A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION, AND UPDATE FOR TODAY! Making a ...
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6 Essential Charlotte Mason Resources (you can’t live without)

Discover the six essential resources that will help you create the Charlotte Mason homeschool you've dreamed about. Are you tired ...
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Beginner’s Guide to CM Terminology

Crack the code to Charlotte Mason lingo and feel like an insider.A big stumbling block to any new field is ...
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Easy & relaxed Charlotte Mason schedule for early elementary (Parents’ Review)

Learn to create a CM routine with no timers or alarms. Does the thought of keeping a rigid school schedule ...
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Form II Timetables for today

Learn the frequency and duration of upper elementary subjects in a charlotte mason education, and update for today!We've looked at ...
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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? Your little one ...
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Lifestyle

Reading Aloud: 5 Tips to Keeping Your Child Engaged

Learn 5 super-easy strategies to keep your child's attention during read aloud times. It happened again.I had read an entire ...
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Why You Shouldn’t Go On Nature Walks with Your Children

Learn why you shouldn't go on nature walks with your children, and what you should do instead. What do you ...
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The Magic Flute from Living Music from the Heart (An Honest Review)

Learn how to introduce music and an instrument to your early elementary child even if you have absolutely no idea how ...
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Dyslexia and Charlotte Mason: 8 Changes You Need to Make

Learn the 8 ways you need to adapt Charlotte Mason for your dyslexic child You just recently got the diagnosis: ...
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Step-by-step tutorial to CM Exams

Does the idea of giving exams terrify you? Here's a step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the process. Exams don't ...
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Lessons learned giving Charlotte Mason Exams

Three lessons learned you can apply immediately to your own homeschool. What happened when I gave my child Charlotte Mason ...
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8 Great Podcasts for thinking homeschoolers

Discover intriguing new podcasts to add to your playlist. Between homeschooling, keeping the house reasonable, getting time outdoors, and all ...
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pocketwatch for scheduling

Form III Schedules for Today

LEARN THE FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF Middle School SUBJECTS IN A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION, AND UPDATE FOR TODAY! Making a ...
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How to Create a Healthy Home Rhythm

An easy step-by-step tutorial to creating a healthy home rhythm, and why you need one. The kids are constantly cranky ...
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6 Essential Charlotte Mason Resources (you can’t live without)

Discover the six essential resources that will help you create the Charlotte Mason homeschool you've dreamed about. Are you tired ...
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Parents’ Review

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Form III Schedules for Today

LEARN THE FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF Middle School SUBJECTS IN A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION, AND UPDATE FOR TODAY! Making a ...
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napping kids using a relaxed schedule

Easy & relaxed Charlotte Mason schedule for early elementary (Parents’ Review)

Learn to create a CM routine with no timers or alarms. Does the thought of keeping a rigid school schedule ...
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Some books recommended in the Parents’ Review

We continue today with reading through The Parents’ Review [1890] Vol 1, No 4.  I’m quite excited about today’s entry ...
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Foreign Language for the Littles

Do you struggle with how to teach your preschooler a foreign language? Charlotte Mason suggested beginning at the earliest ages, ...
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Artist Study with Charlotte Mason

Artist study is one area I’ve always struggled with. I don’t know much about the artists or styles or periods ...
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Secular CM habit training: dawdling

Habit training:  give me a shout if you love it. (Silence) Yeah, me neither 🙁 I think habit training is ...
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Supportive Materials

The Magic Flute from Living Music from the Heart (An Honest Review)

Learn how to introduce music and an instrument to your early elementary child even if you have absolutely no idea how ...
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6 Essential Charlotte Mason Resources (you can’t live without)

Discover the six essential resources that will help you create the Charlotte Mason homeschool you've dreamed about. Are you tired ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Review: Legends of the Staff of Musique – Foundations of Music

Do you struggle with how to teach music to your early elementary student? Have you tried music books written for ...
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Charlotte Mason Plenary: A Review

You’ve wanted to discuss Charlotte Mason’s works in an inclusive, accepting group. One where you felt comfortable sharing your own ...
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