What does a Charlotte Mason homeschool day look like?

We have a fairly similar schedule each day up until about lunch time. Afternoons are fairly busy these days starting with a cello lesson on Monday and ballet in the evening; swimming three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday afternoons & Saturday morning) & orchestra rehearsal on a Wednesday. Last Thursday I decided I needed to … Continue reading What does a Charlotte Mason homeschool day look like?

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

Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar – a 'creative' narration

    We've just finished Week 9 of Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar using Anne White's very helpful study guide. The study of Plutarch would never have been on my radar (as I explained here) but I was persuaded to have a try, at least, when I read how highly his writing was regarded by … Continue reading Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar – a 'creative' narration

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.’

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara)

  Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington/Nugi Garimara is the true story of the author's mother, Molly. In 1931, Molly, aged about 15 years of age and her younger sisters Gracie and Daisy, about 12 and 11 years,* were removed from their remote Aboriginal community at Jigalong in the north-west of Western Australia … Continue reading Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara)

Nature Notes – wattle, black cockatoos and other encounters

We have three nature walks we do regularly. Two of them are just down the road, while the other is about a ten minute drive away. We save this one for when my daughter-in-law has a free space in her physio work schedule and sends us a message to say she's taking the dog for … Continue reading Nature Notes – wattle, black cockatoos and other encounters

Art Appreciation & Picture Study

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a series of art appreciation books written by Richard Muhlberger that we've used for upper primary and the highschool years. Sometimes I've read portions aloud to everyone or they've read them individually. Each book is about 50 pages in length and explores how a particular artist differs from another … Continue reading Art Appreciation & Picture Study

Parents as Inspirers: the Educational Functions of Parents

There are four chapters or essays in Charlotte Mason's second volume, Parents and Children, that have the title 'Parents as Inspirers.' Each of these four chapters (chapters III to VI) looks at different aspects.   Chapter III starts with the idea that parents owe a Second Birth to their children i.e. a birth into the … Continue reading Parents as Inspirers: the Educational Functions of Parents

Nature Poetry: Poetry Month Celebration

The author of the beloved children's book, Charlotte's Web, was not surprisingly, also a poet. I love this poem which he wrote for his wife in 1929...    Natural History   The spider, dropping down from twig  Unwinds a thread of her devising:  A thin, premeditated rig  To use in rising.   And all the … Continue reading Nature Poetry: Poetry Month Celebration