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The 7 Best Benefits of Notebooking

benefits of notebooking


Let's talk about notebooking.

I discovered notebooking in 2009. I've found it offers an array of benefits to my children and our homeschool. Today, I'd like to share a few of those benefits with you.

Our Charlotte Mason Middle School Curriculum 2014-15

A Charlotte Mason middle school curriculum covering all subjects from nature study to writing, history to science.


Our Charlotte Mason Middle School Curriculum

2014-15

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Lorelai's curriculum has come to me quite easily this year. I won a homeschool giveaway worth $700 (Whaaat? I know, right?) Also, I purchased the Charlotte Mason bundle on the Build Your Bundle sale. I'm feeling pretty good about this. So what do we have lined up?


History

For the first 9 weeks we will be living in the old west using these weekly unit studies: Westward Ho! Part 1 and Part 2 - I won this in a giveaway and they just look like a lot of fun. That's how I want to kick off our next term - with fun!

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

The fine arts are important to developing a well-rounded education for our children. Including the arts is one of the foundations of a liberal arts education. Find out how this mom teaches the fine arts using the Charlotte Mason method. #homeschool #charlottemason

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 even within 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 grateful that I can decide what to teach my children. 



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

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

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 Language Arts to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

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 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.

Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool Schedule (and tweaks for bipolar kids)



As much as I enjoy participating in the blog hop each year, I have to be honest. I wasn’t excited about today’s posting of schedules. At least not posting of my schedule.

There are two reasons for this.
1. My schedule doesn’t really change year to year. I use a Charlotte Mason schedule. Our material changes but not much else.
2. I haven’t been able to implement our schedule for quite a while now.

10 Things Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Myself

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!


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