About two years ago I started a Charlotte Mason Newsletter which I send out via email about once every month or so. One of the topics I'm often asked about is keeping notebooks in a Charlotte Mason context so late last year I started writing about this in the newsletter. Last month I mentioned that … Continue reading Notebook Showcase
How do You Measure Success? A couple of days ago I read this in the introduction to the Bible in One Year for the day: ‘We lived in Oxford for three years. I was training for ordination in the Church of England and studying for a degree in Theology at Oxford University. One of the … Continue reading Successful Home Schooling
If you are familiar at all with the writings of the 19th Century educator, Charlotte Mason, you will know that one of her signature ways of illustrating a liberal education is to compare it to that of a feast that is spread before the child. As educators we are responsible for choosing the food for … Continue reading Feed Them on Things Worth Caring For
It has been very encouraging to see new business ventures emerge within the home education movement in recent years. Downloadable products are especially helpful to those outside of the USA who pay a premium for postage and this format lends itself well to learning another language. Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish is a Curriculum for teaching … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish – a Curriculum for Young children
Hails and I finished our 6 week Natural History Illustration course offered by the University of Newcastle this month. Covid has opened up some online educational opportunities that were't available to us before, and they've been free, too. A bush walk during the first week in spring was too early to spot many wildflowers but … Continue reading Nature Study: Spring in Australia
Now that 6 of our 7 children have graduated from our Home School, I've had the time to be involved in speaking engagements, which I love. Here are the 'official' speaking engagements I've had. They have all been recorded and are available to download. 2017 Mum Heart Conference, Newcastle, NSW (?Unavailable) As Mums, we can … Continue reading Home Education & Speaking
Here is Part 2 of the Australian Artist Picture Study featuring the work of Tom Roberts. I've concentrated mostly on his portraits this time. For a short biography of his life see Part 1. Download the PDF for Part 2 here. I hope you find this helpful and if you find any errors or have … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Picture Study Resource
‘God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in 't.’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) I think we’d all agree that we are in challenging times. I remembered this poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning the … Continue reading 'A gauntlet with a gift in 't.'
From the time she was first able to hold a pencil my youngest child has being drawing. I used to always carry around small notebooks, mostly for my own use, whenever we went anywhere but inevitably I let her 'draw' in them when she was little to keep her occupied when we were waiting … Continue reading Slow-Cooker Homeschool
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?