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45 Handicraft Ideas

Charlotte Mason encouraged us to teach our children useful skills that could benefit them throughout life. Here is a list of 45 handicraft ideas.

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Welcome to Day #7 of my 10-day series, "Screen-Free Family Activities".

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Handicraft. It's not a commonly-used word these days. Many homeschoolers know what it is, particularly those using the Charlotte Mason method of education, but for the most part, it's not a commonly-used word anymore. 


  1. A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand.
  2. An object made using a skill of this kind.
Handicrafts are life skills such as needlework, quilting, knitting, pottery, sewing, crocheting, woodworking, etc. 

Charlotte Mason believed that children should be trained in handicrafts, skills which they could use for the rest of their lives.

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

Photo of a child reading a book

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. 

A Living Books Approach to History

Learn how to use living books to teach history to your homeschooling child.

Yesterday's post was on using living books and ideas to teach history in a chronological order. Today, I want to discuss how exactly we do that. What does history through living books look like? Of course there are many ways to use a living books approach. This is the way that our family implements a living books approach to history.

9 Features of a Charlotte Mason Education

"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!

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?

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.

Our Journey to a Charlotte Mason Education

Read about this homeschool family's journey from the rocky beginnings of public schooling to homeschooling success.

Why I Sent My Kids to Public School

My homeschool journey began in 1991. No, I didn't officially homeschool until 1999, but the seeds were planted in 1991, when I read a book by John Holt.

At that point my eldest child was 5 years old and about to begin Kindergarten. I really wanted to homeschool her, but knew that I'd gain opposition from my family. I was already such a black sheep with religion, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding, that I decided it was best to send my children to school. 

I volunteered in the school system. Eventually I worked on various boards and agencies within the school system. Although I never forgot about homeschooling and all I had read, Amy did well in school. I did well working within that system.

My son's story was different...

Our Educational Atmosphere

Charlotte Mason said, "Education is an Atmosphere." A homeschool mom shares what this means to her family.

There are so very many things I love about the Charlotte Mason method

The method is based upon a few principles to aide parents in raising a child who loves learning and seeks out knowledge for the sake of gaining knowledge. One of those all-important principles is "Education is an Atmosphere".

"The theory has been,––put a child in the right environment and so subtle is its influence, so permanent its effects that he is to all intents and purposes educated thereby. Schools may add Latin and sums and whatever else their curriculum contains, but the actual education is, as it were, performed upon a child by means of colour schemes, harmonious sounds, beautiful forms, gracious persons. He grows up aesthetically educated into sweet reasonableness and harmony with his surroundings." -Charlotte Mason- Vol. 6 pg 94

10 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method

One homeschool mom shares ten reasons she loves the Charlotte Mason method.

10 Reasons I love the Charlotte Mason Method 

(in no particular order).

1. It's easy:  I've used several homeschooling styles but this is, by far, the easiest way to homeschool. 

2. No tears: I never experience tears, boredom or whining from the children during lessons.  Neither do the children ever have a "do we have to?" attitude about lessons.

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