Charlotte Mason, Free time, Homeschooling

How to Cultivate the Art of Free Time in Your Homeschool

Free time in the homeschool is an art. One worth pursuing. It’s a long forgotten yet invaluable rhythm of education and is truly one of homeschooling’s best kept secrets. Not only is it necessary to understand the importance of free time, you need to know how to implement it into your homeschool day. Leisure was… Continue reading How to Cultivate the Art of Free Time in Your Homeschool

Charlotte Mason, Homeschooling, narration

How to Incorporate Narration into Your Homeschool

The one thing our family did right in our homeschool was to employ Charlotte Mason’s methodologies. As a veteran homeschool mom, I can say this with confidence because I see in my adult children today that same love for learning that was cultivated early in our homeschool—a love for learning that has carried them through their… Continue reading How to Incorporate Narration into Your Homeschool

Charlotte Mason, Homeschooling

How Notebooking Benefits Your Child’s Learning

Early in my homeschool journey I discovered that Charlotte Mason’s methods were the most effective way of educating children. So I knew I wanted to apply her principles to my science books, specifically writing living books that delve deep into the subject matter, as well as using time-tested methods such as notebooking, narration, and hands-on… Continue reading How Notebooking Benefits Your Child’s Learning

Apologia Science, Charlotte Mason

Immersion Science

Many educators promote the spiral or survey approach to education, wherein a child is exposed over and over again to minute amounts of a variety of science topics. Those supporting these approaches aim to “expose” the child to science each year giving a bit more information than was given the year before. This method has… Continue reading Immersion Science

Apologia Science, Charlotte Mason

Notebooking: Cultivating Creativity

We all know how important knowledge is, but what about creative expression? Could it be that creativity is the missing link between joy and learning? Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” He believed creative expression to be an essential element of all academic… Continue reading Notebooking: Cultivating Creativity

Charlotte Mason, Homeschooling

Homeschool Methodologies

There are several philosophies and methodologies that homeschoolers use when educating their children. Some people choose one and follow it all the way through, others mix and match depending on what they want to accomplish, still others begin with one then change their methodologies as the years wear on and they begin to understand more… Continue reading Homeschool Methodologies

Charlotte Mason

Laying a Foundation

Laying a foundation of character is essential if you are to successfully move your child from dependence upon you as the teacher to independence and self learning.      Obviously, children that are not yet reading need a lot of supervision. The same is true when teaching elementary students new concepts. In addition, when a… Continue reading Laying a Foundation

Charlotte Mason, Homeschooling

Narration

Narration is one of those treasures that, if done consistently, has potential for great reward. I believe it's foundational to a successful homeschool education, reaping benefits far into the high school years. Here are some questions one homeschool mom asked about narration: My oldest is going into first grade and is reading probably at a… Continue reading Narration