the basics of the charlotte mason homeschool philosophy

I am, I can, I ought, I will. Charlotte Mason The above quote is directly taken from Charlotte Mason’s words. She suggested that kids do what they set their minds to. We used it as a daily affirmation in circle time for years. Before we officially took the kids out of school to home educate,…

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5 suggestions about buying new curriculum

“…education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true…

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how to facilitate child-led learning in your homeschool

“A schooled education is a mile wide and an inch deep.” There are things I want to impart to my kids, no question. But learning doesn’t necessarily happen because I said something out loud, or the kids read through a passage, or they watched a video clip. Some days, I expected them to be like…

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trying to capture the charmed life

I’d found a folded paper on the floor of the school desk ahead of me. It was a poem written in calligraphic script. “If I had to raise my child all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting…

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those that go before us…

Our common heart cry–the pursuit of health and happiness. With different circumstances, different political or historical backgrounds, different characters, but throughout humanity, a similar plot. Characters in the backdrop of our lives shift and the plot of our lives don’t unfold like an organized story arc in a literary novel. Truth is stranger than fiction: our lives…

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parlez-vous francais?

Unless we move to Quebec or France, I don’t expect my children will learn French fluently. When we lived briefly in Kenya, we came prepared with a travel language book on Swahili; but even the locals didn’t speak as the book suggested. I sat with the housekeeper at the end of her workday and had…

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