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10 Resources for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool

The Charlotte Mason method is a popular choice for many homeschool families. I've been using...

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The Charlotte Mason method is a popular choice for many homeschool families. I've been using it in our homeschool since 2009. My only regret is that I didn't discover it 10 years earlier.

It has been a tremendous blessing to us.

Every now and then, I like to share Charlotte Mason resources. Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorites.

How to Use the Charlotte Mason Method in Your Homeschool

I cannot express how very excited I am to tell you about this new Charlotte Mason resource.  If...

Finally! A step-by-step book on how to implement Charlotte Mason method in your homeschool. #charlottemason #homeschooling

I cannot express how very excited I am to tell you about this new Charlotte Mason resource. 


If you are one of the many readers who has arrived at The Holistic Homeschooler in a search for more information on how to implement the Charlotte Mason method into your homeschooling, you're going to be just as excited as I am about this new e-book. 




How I Teach Fine Arts to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

This is day #5 in my series on " How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Meth...


This is day #5 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method." 


There is a lack of appreciation for the arts.


Once upon a time, the fine arts were taught to all students, whether before the day of institutional learning or in those institutions. Children were taught an appreciate for music and how to play instruments as a matter of standard course. They learned to paint, draw and learned about the artists and composers. 


We now live in a society that invalidates and minimizes any interest in those things. The schools have all but done away with music and art to redirect money elsewhere. Kids who play instruments are the the butts of jokes in school. Students who want to study music and art in college are portrayed as flakey, young people with their heads in the clouds. 


As for me, I believe n
o education is complete without fine arts. 


There are so many benefits from learning fine arts. Why would we deprive our children of these things? I'm happy that I can decide what to teach my children. 



How I Teach History to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

This is day #4 in my series on " How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Metho...

How I Teach History to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

This is day #4 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method." 


Confession: I'm a history junkie.

I can't get enough. Can't learn enough. Can't visit enough historical places. As a young child, the only books I brought home from the school library were biographies. In high school, my favorite subject was ancient history and as an adult, one of my favorite things to do is visit historical places. 


I was excited when I realized Charlotte Mason taught history in chronological order. I didn't have to wait until high school to teach about ancient Egypt! Whoo!  


That's what I'm writing about today. How I teach history. 


How I Teach Science to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

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How I Teach Science to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method
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This is day #3 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method." We're talking about science today.


If you'd told me 20 years ago I'd be teaching science, I'd have laughed. 

It's not that I didn't like science in school. I didn't dislike anything in school. With a photographic memory, school was easy for me. Even though I enjoyed my science classes, somehow I never thought of myself as a science-y kind of girl. I still don't. 


I enjoy earth science, biology and that sort of thing, but science geek or science nerd does not describe me. 


My girls love science. They're not science geeks or nerds either. Yet. We'll see. But they do enjoy and grasp the concepts easily. Alexis enjoys physics while Lorelai just wants to know everything about everything. 



  • Where does wind come from?
  • If it rain comes from lakes and oceans and it always rains, why doesn't the earth run out of water? 
  • How does sand become glass? 
Ever-questioning. 


How I Teach Math to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

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How I Teach Math Using the Charlotte Mason Method #homeschool #charlottemason
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Math is extreme in our family. There seems to be no middle ground for it. 


Two of my kids are math whizzes. Two of them have dyscalculia. One didn't struggle in school, but is struggling with math in college. 

Like I said. Extremes. My children either get it with no help or all the help in the world doesn't seem help.

How I Teach Language Arts to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

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Teaching language arts can be simple with the Charlotte Mason method. Here's how one mom does it.
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This is my Day #1 in my 5-day series on How I Teach Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method. The topic today is "How I Teach Language Arts."


If you were to ask a school administrator or teacher what language arts is, you would most certainly receive a lengthy list of topics from the alphabet to phonics, parts of speech to essays.


The simple definition is this:

Language arts is the art of communicating. It includes listening, reading, speaking and writing. 
It's that simple. Teaching it is pretty simple, too.


How I Teach Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

Have you ever wondered how to teach multiple ages? Or how to do it using the Charlotte Mason me...



Have you ever wondered how to teach multiple ages? Or how to do it using the Charlotte Mason method?

When I first discovered the Charlotte Mason method, I was excited to realize I could teach both daughters, then ages 6 and 10, the same materials at the same time. What a time saver! 
Even better than saving time, it gave us educational family time. I treasure that the most.


Curriculum Overview: School Year 2013-14

Our Charlotte Mason Education Year 5 This year I am not writing our curriculum "micro...

Our Charlotte Mason Education

Year 5

This year I am not writing our curriculum "micro and macro" as I have done in years past. Last year didn't go as planned due to work, mood disorders and sleep issues. So I'm not planning that in-depth this time. 

This year, I'm simply listing the materials I'll be using. That said, here is..


10 Things Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Myself

One of the surprising things about being a home educator is how much we, the parents, learn. Of ...

10 things this homeschool mom has been taught by using the Charlotte Mason method of education.

One of the surprising things about being a home educator is how much we, the parents, learn. Of course we learn some new things while participating in studies with our children, but we learn so much more than that.

We learn lessons about homeschooling. We learn about our children. We learn about ourselves. 



10 Things Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Myself


1. I love hiking and camping. I never did either as a kid. As a young mother in my 20s, I scoffed at the idea when my husband suggested these things.

What? Me? Tents and bears and snakes and dirt? Are you crazy?

Charlotte Mason's insistence that nature is a great teacher led me out of doors. Nature walks became hiking trips. Hiking trips became camping trips. 

As it turns out, I love doing both!



4 Habits to Teach Your Child

We've all heard the saying, "Old habits are hard to break". The good news is th...


We've all heard the saying, "Old habits are hard to break". The good news is that this doesn't only apply to bad habits. Good habits are also hard to break. Bad habits are easy to recognize and even easier to put into action. Good habits, however, are more difficult to identify and even more difficult to adopt. Still, Charlotte Mason assured parents:

"The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days."


A Charlotte Mason Style Nature-Based Unit Study

I am very excited today. I've been talking with Cindy, at Shining Dawn Books, about her natu...


I am very excited today. I've been talking with Cindy, at Shining Dawn Books, about her nature-based unit studies. She has shown great generosity in giving me a number of e-books so that I can review them for you in the future. In the meantime, I want to introduce you to the e-books, tell you a bit about what I'll be doing and share a giveaway with you!

How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children: Part II

In Part 1 of How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children , we discussed how fa...

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In Part 1 of How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children, we discussed how family studies, narration and short lessons are beneficial to children with special needs. Today, I want to discuss The arts and outdoor time. 

How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Children: Part I

I think we all know I love the Charlotte Mason method. But now that I'm truly understanding t...

The Charlotte Mason method respects a child's natural limits and is a most useful method of education for special needs children.

I think we all know I love the Charlotte Mason method. But now that I'm truly understanding that we are a special needs family, I realize how it helps us in so many other ways. 

I believe this method is beneficial to all children, but I've thought of a few ways that it really helps those with special needs.


Living Books Stimulate and Inspire

Children with bipolar disorder and dyslexia have very vivid imaginations. These children can be distracted, but are very creative. 

Giving them books that stimulate their imaginations almost ensures their focus. Many times, it inspires them to do something else such as draw, write their own story, or explore something in nature.

Top 10 Charlotte Mason Homeschool Resources

Today, I'm listing my top ten favorite sites for Charlotte Mason homeschooling. In no particu...

A list of ten Charlotte Mason resources for your homeschool. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Today, I'm listing my top ten favorite sites for Charlotte Mason homeschooling. In no particular order, they are:


1. Jimmie's Collage- I am not an artsy-craftsy, creative person. Jimmie, however, takes the practical application of the Charlotte Mason methods and turns them into something inspiring! She's one of those moms who really knows how to make learning fun.


2. Charlotte Mason Home Education- This site is chock full of resources for anyone interested in the CM method.


Interview with Debi Taylor-Hough from Charlotte Mason Home Education

Welcome to the March 2012 edition of the " Face of Homeschooling ", where I have the ho...


Welcome to the March 2012 edition of the "Face of Homeschooling", where I have the honor of featuring one of the many faces which makes up the grand mosaic of homeschool families. This month I am interviewing Deborah (Debi) from Charlotte Mason Home Education.


Q. When did you first learn of homeschooling and what was your impression of this concept?

A. I first heard about homeschooling in the early 1980's. I worked with a man whose family was homeschooling.  I'd never heard of the concept and my first knee-jerk response was, "Oh my gosh!  How horrible!"  I valued education so highly, that I thought it was bordering on serious negligence to not send kids to school.

Silly me. At the time, I was equating "school" with education. But I learned otherwise soon enough.
 

9 Features of a Charlotte Mason Education

"What's the difference?" This is a question that you may find yourself asking w...


"What's the difference?"

This is a question that you may find yourself asking when you've first come across the Charlotte Mason method or someone who loves it (like me!). You may wonder what makes it different than any other homeschooling choice?


9 Features of a Charlotte Mason Education:


1. Respect for the Child: Charlotte Mason believed that all children were equally capable of learning and deserving of respect, regardless of  their social class, race or any other thing.  In fact the proclamation that "Children are born persons." is the first statement on her list of principles.


Narration, Copywork and Dictation, Oh my!

Making a switch to the Charlotte Mason method can be intimidating. I know it took a while for m...

An explanation of how to implement copywork, narration and dictation into your Charlotte Mason style homeschool. #homeschool #charlottemason

Making a switch to the Charlotte Mason method can be intimidating. I know it took a while for me to implement the method.

I've been there. I understand the struggle.

 A few days ago, I shared with you why narration is a useful tool. Now let's talk about how to use narration, copywork and dictation in your homeschool. 


Language Arts: Why Narration?

What is Narration? Reading and narration is the foundation of a Charlotte Mason language ar...

Narration is a powerful assessment tool for homeschool parents, helping children to develop necessary skills.


What is Narration?

Reading and narration is the foundation of a Charlotte Mason language arts program. Indeed it is the heart of the entire method itself and is used for nearly all subjects. 

It is a most powerful way of learning because narration comes to us naturally. Textbooks, quizzes and worksheets, I think we can all agree, are limited in their ability to keep our minds focused and learning. They play little part in helping us to retain knowledge.

Narration, however, utilizes a very basic human act: Telling someone what we know.


The Charlotte Mason Method Inspires Me

"Water Lilies" We all know I love the Charlotte Mason method.  That's a given.  B...

"Water Lilies"

We all know I love the Charlotte Mason method.  That's a given.  But there are moments when I'm reminded of how great it really is.  All of us, Charlotte Mason or not, can grow so accustomed to doing something that we just do it without much thought, right?  Sometimes it takes a reminder to kick our appreciation back into gear.

With all the challenges I've had recently, I found myself looking at my schedule and thinking "Gosh.. maybe I should just do it some other way..   Maybe that would be easier."  Just looking at that daily list was becoming a daunting, discouraging experience given the work training schedule and Alexis' sleep habits getting in the way.  I felt overwhelmed.