Towards an Australian Charlotte Mason Curriculum

      This is a page in progress with ideas for living books, related to Australia in some way, that we've used. I'll link to any reviews I've written and give a recommended age or an Ambleside Online year if you're looking for Australian substitutes.   Ambleside Online Year 11     Picture Books … Continue reading Towards an Australian Charlotte Mason Curriculum

Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

Sun on the Stubble is an Australian classic first published in 1961 and later adapted for television and was written by a prolific Australian author, Colin Thiele (1920-2006). We've read a number of his books, mainly for the younger set, and I'd heard of this book but didn't get to read it until my eldest … Continue reading Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

Year 7 has finished up for the seventh time in our home, although this was only the second time we've used Ambleside Online for Year 7.  As I usually do, I asked my daughter which books were her favourites from this year's work, but I gave her a limit of ten. These are the books … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

Mr. Standfast – How do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways…

This is the third time I’ve read Mr. Standfast by John Buchan. It’s one of my favourite books by this author and the third time around hasn’t diminished my ardour.Mr. Standfast is the third book of five in Buchan’s Richard Hannay novels that began with The Thirty-Nine Steps, and was followed by Greenmantle. The book … Continue reading Mr. Standfast – How do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways…

Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

We've finished the first term of Ambleside Online Year 7 and here are some highlights and thoughts about some of what we've done. To see my original plans and some book substitutes see this post. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar This is the first time we've used Folger Theatre audios for Shakespeare. We've used Naxos and Arkangel … Continue reading Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is told from the perspective of the pioneering researcher, world-renowned hand surgeon and leprosy specialist, Dr. Paul Brand and is co-authored by Philip Yancey.I wrote about how we used this book in a couple of different posts but this one will give you an idea of the unusual nature of this … Continue reading Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Education – an Act of Faith

  'Education, like faith, is the evidence of things not seen...' so Charlotte Mason said.   Educating my own children has been an act of faith in many ways. Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for the fruit of what you're doing to show itself. Education requires discipline, time, energy and perseverance. … Continue reading Education – an Act of Faith

‘You see but you do not observe.’

My 11 year old daughter is full of Sherlock Holmes' quotes this week and included this one in her nature journal after quoting it at every opportunity:   You see, but you do not observe.               Flannel flowers in bloom - so named because they have a lovely soft, … Continue reading ‘You see but you do not observe.’

Classical Academic Press – Review & Give Away! French for Children

 Paris, 2015     Moozle, my ten year old, has been learning French informally for a few years, mostly by listening to French folksongs and copying French phrases into her notebook. This has worked quite well up until recently. Her pronunciation sounds natural, and she speaks the French she knows with confidence, but I knew … Continue reading Classical Academic Press – Review & Give Away! French for Children

Highschool Biology with Living Books: Mr Tompkins Inside Himself…

Mr Tompkins Inside Himself  by George Gamow & Martynas Ycas 274 pages Illustrated with black pen drawings 1967 edition This book has been part of Benj's Science this term. He's also been working through Understanding Physics by Isaac Asimov this year, which he really enjoys. He wasn't keen on doing any more Biology but I … Continue reading Highschool Biology with Living Books: Mr Tompkins Inside Himself…