Monday, July 17, 2023

Charlotte Mason's Method For Teaching Nature Study and Science

I wanted to direct you to a series of posts on Nature Study and Science written by Nicole Williams of Sabbath Mood Homeschool. I've provided links to what is currently posted and will be updating this post as more posts in the series becomes available.

Introduction to this Series

Science Series Introduction — Embracing the Method
Begun before Form 1

Nature Study — The Value of Nature Study
Nature Study — The Golden Hours
Nature Study — Nature Walks, Excursions and Rambles, part 1
Nature Study — Nature Walks, Excursions and Rambles, part 2
Nature Notebooks — A Pageant of the Seasons
Nature Notebooks — Notes, part 1
Nature Notebooks — Notes, part 2
Nature Notebooks — Beginning Brush Drawing
Nature Notebooks — Brush Drawing for Nature Notebooks
Nature Notebooks — A Brush Drawing Tutorial
Nature Notebooks — Poetry and Composition

Begun in Form 1

Nature Study - Lays the Foundation For Science
Nature Study - Special Studies
Nature Study - Object Lessons

Begun in Form 2

Science - Begin Formal Science
Science — A Comparison: Textbooks & Living Books
Science — Perform Experiments

Begun in Form 3

Science — Keep a Science Notebook
Nature Notebooks — The Lists

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Lovely Bookplates for the Littles In Your Life

These bookplates appear to no longer be available at the original website.
But you can click on each image, then right click and save the images to your computer!

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Teaching Means Being (Or Becoming) - A Lovely Post by Brandy Vencel

As Brandy so wisely states, "Long before the age of information, there was character."  In today's world our children are influenced on every front, and whether they attend public school OR are homeschooled, teachers can have a great influence.  It is isn't enough that teachers "know stuff", it is important that they be someone that their students will strive to model.

Whether you are a public school teacher or a homeschool mom, this article will inspire you to lead your students by example, and to be the person that you hope your students will one day become.

You can read the post, by following the link below.

A Lovely Set of Alphabet Cards

Right click and save images to your computer.
Insert into program of your choice and print, and laminate.

~ Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Monday, June 26, 2023

Lesson Planning Series featuring Jen Mackintosh

If you are new to homeschooling then there are few bloggers that I highly recommend that you follow, and Jennifer Mackintosh of Wildflowers and Marbles is one of the best!  She has written a series of posts on planning that is a wonderful resource for anyone who is homeschooling, but definitely if you are just beginning this journey! Jen is a seasoned homeschooling mom and she offers wonderful support and advice, as well as some of the best book recommendations available.  I was blessed to add a number of wonderful titles to my library thanks to her!  To make it easier I've linked to each post in the series in order. I would encourage you to pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and grab a pen and some paper. You're going to want to take notes!

☙ Planning - A Beginning
☙ Planning Again - A Year Considered
☙ Planning in Pretty Notebooks
☙ A Considered Booklist
☙ A Year Considered, Nurturing Wonder in the Pre-School Years
☙ A Year Considered - The Early Years
☙ A Year Considered - 5th Grade
A Year Considered - 9th Grade
☙  Charlotte Mason and Unrolling a Panorama in High School
☙ The Balanced Whole in a Charlotte Mason Education


Charlotte Mason's Original Volumes (In Modern English)

"Now, that work which is of most importance to society is the bringing up and instruction of the children––in the school, certainly, but far more in the home, because it is more than anything else the home influences brought to bear upon the child that determine the character and career of the future man or woman. It is a great thing to be a parent: there is no promotion, no dignity, to compare with it."

 – Charlotte Mason

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

If you prefer to add these lovely books to your library,
you can find hard copies at any one of these links.

Purchase online

Living Book Press – They have released all the volumes. These are the ones I purchased and I love my set. They offer the volumes individually or in a set and have beautiful hardcover choices as well.

Simply Charlotte Mason – They offer a larger sized book, thick workbook size volume, to be able to mark and keep notes in the wide margins.

The School Teacher's Creed

I believe in boys and girls, the men and women of a great tomorrow; that whatsoever a boy soweth, a man shall reap. I believe in the cure of ignorance, effacy of schools, in the dignity of teaching, and in the joy of serving others. I believe in wisdom as revealed in human lives as well as in the pages of a printed book; in lessons taught, not so much by precept as by example; in ability to work with the hands as well as think with the head; in everything that makes life large and lovely. I believe in beauty in the school room, in the home, in daily life, and in out-of-doors. I believe in laughter, in love, in faith, in all ideals and distant hopes that lure us on. I believe that every hour of every day we receive a just reward for all we are and all we do. I believe in the present and its opportunities, in the future and its promises and in the divine joy of living. Amen.

The Mother's First Duty

"In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother's first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive, receptive life, the waking part of it, for the most part, spent out in the fresh air."

- Charlotte Mason