Charlotte Mason Failures and Goals

Let’s face it.  We all have suffered through failure in life, right?  Maybe so, but we need not *waller* in it.  I am a believer of learning from the past and looking ahead.

In this video, I discuss five things that I would tell my younger self if I could.  Since I really can’t I’ll leave it here for other mamas who need encouragement and honestly for myself as well.

Favorite Podcasts for Homeschooling

A Delectable Education ~ All about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. I wish I had found this earlier. Excellent for the novice and the veteran.

Charlotte Mason Poetry ~ All about the CM philosophy, application, and history of Miss Mason.

Simply Charlotte Mason ~You can watch on YouTube or listen to the audio version. Sonya is so encouraging.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network~ No matter your style, there is encouragement to be found here.

Susan Schaeffer Macauley on For The Children’s Sake ~ I love this presentation given by Susan in encouraging us in the raising and nurturing of our children.

Ambleside Schools ~ This isn’t necessarily a “podcast” but a YouTube channel. They have wonderful insights on Charlotte Mason’s teachings and discuss the whys and hows. Check them out!

Simply Charlotte Mason~ History Review

We are coming to the close of our first school year on the Farmstead.  This year I purchased Simply Charlotte Mason’s Modern History for our family.  It was easy to use and effortless to implement with varying grades and ages.

Click on the link below for my review. ~Enjoy!

Charlotte Mason ~ High School Years

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Next year, our family will have our first homeschool graduate.  I am nervous, excited, proud, and well, a little elated.  Elated that we can look back together and say, “We did it!”  It has definitely been a wonderful adventure and the high school years have been made sweeter by using the Charlotte Mason approach.

In the video below, I discuss some of our favorite curriculums for high school and places for finding resources.  Below the video is a list of links to those curriculums and probably a little more.  You’ll notice that it is a simple list and that’s what every Mom needs. 🙂

You will also notice that I don’t have history listed, I will have a separate video on Simply Charlotte Mason history.  We. Love. It.

Enjoy~  As always, if you have a question, drop me a line.

Resources

Full Curriculum~

Charlotte Mason Help- Higher Up and Further In (Free)

Simply Charlotte Mason

 

Bible~

Simply Charlotte Mason – Scripture Memory System

Bible Pins from my Pinterest Board

 Citizenship~

Axis – The Culture Translator is a wonderful tool helping parents connect with their youth.  (I forgot to mention this one in the video.)

God’s World News -print and videos online

Literature /Grammar~

McGuffey Readers also find them at  Dollar Homeschool

Mom Delights ~ Posts on using the McGuffeys in your homeschool. Very encouraging!

Mathematics~

Ray’s Arithmetic also find them at Dollar Homeschool and Ray’s Arithmetic at WordPress (there is also a YouTube channel that accompanies this site)

Teaching Textbooks

Math U See

Science~

The 101 Series – Biology 101, Chemistry 101, Physics 101     These are DVDs with printable accreditation booklets.  Perfect for your visual learners and they are not dry and boring.

Poetry~

Enrichment Studies – offers free fine arts lessons.

Tutor Series ~ Many Fine Arts included in a 9 vol. set.  You may need to contact them and ask if they still have the disks or downloads.

Paintings/Artists~

The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings

Enrichment Studies – offers free fine arts lessons.

Music/Composers~

Enrichment Studies – offers free fine arts lessons.

Miscellaneous~

The Well Planned Gal – I have purchased my second planner from here and enjoy them immensely.

Mom Delights –  (Homeschool Sanity) Mom of 15 shares how she uses McGuffeys (free online) to teach her children in the CM style.

Charlotte Mason Help – tons of info and inspiration. Getting the High School years organized.

 

 

Simply Charlotte Mason ~ Curriculum Haul 2017-2018

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As a homeschooling mom with a gift of administration and teaching, I LOVE unboxing new curriculum for the next school year.  I can also get lost in an Office Max, but that is another story.

Here is a video with our choices for 2017-2018 from Simply Charlotte Mason.  I still have a few subjects to purchase for, but this is the core of our year.

Enjoy!

Dignity in An Undignified World

There have been quite a few instances where the word dignity has sprung from my lips lately.  I began thinking on what the exact meaning of the word was so I Googled it.

dig·ni·ty

ˈdiɡnədē/
noun
  1. the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
    “a man of dignity and unbending principle”
    • a composed or serious manner or style.
      “he bowed with great dignity”
      synonyms: stateliness, nobility, majesty, regality, courtliness, augustness, loftiness, lordliness, grandeur

    • a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.
      “it was beneath his dignity to shout”
      synonyms: self-respect, pride, self-esteem, self-worth

      “he had lost his dignity”

 

I think this will be my word for 2017.  Why?  I think there are many circumstances recently that have left many of us wondering where did our dignity go?  If you want to change the world, start at home, right?

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With our children, on our farm, in our community, I will strive to be dignified and give grace to others that they may find their dignity.  It makes it much easier to do this when we look through the lens of our Maker.  Now, I know this is hard to accomplish on your own.  We have to ask Him to open our eyes that we may see others as made in His image.  When we realize others are like us, we can focus on the person and not the sin or situation that bothers us.  That is what is supposed to set Christians apart.

Proverbs 27:23  Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds

Since moving to the Farmstead, my children have fallen in love with our chickens and our puppy.  Ok, I have too.  The chickens run up to us whenever we go outside because they know I have a treat or I will go back inside and get one.  We have had people look at us with a bit of criticism because we “operated” on our rooster’s foot to take care of his bumblefoot.  Yes, we do care for our animals.  They are a gift and privilege from God to tend.  I plan on treating whatever animals we have with dignity as to how they should be handled and kept.  We have that sorely lacking in our society today.  At the grocery store, we grab things and throw them into the cart and off we go.  Who knows what is that?

Responding to my family and community with stateliness and my animals and land with respect and treating them all with worth are simple ways to bring dignity into and an undignified world.

Proverbs 31:25  Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

 

 

This is what I came for.

After a very rainy Spring here in the Midwest, we were finally able to close on our Farmstead in June. The first few days of waking up without the noise of someone stopping at the stop sign and then taking off like a cannon, to say the least, was blissful. We slept better due to the peace and quiet. This is what I came for.

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Not two months after arriving, we couldn’t stop ourselves (ok it was me, but the kids had no restraint either) from purchasing six chicks. We have watched them grow and watched our children grow to care for the well-being of their livestock.
This is what I came for.

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On a hot breezy morning, I gathered a spool of clothesline from the laundry room and headed out to the porch. We have projects galore and haven’t invested in a permanent clothesline yet. Not to fear, they are terribly simple to assemble and in a flash the sun and I were drying laundry. This is what I came for.

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I love watching my children run as the fall leaves are blown from the trees while they yell, “Look, Mama, SNOW!”. And hearing their squeals as they paddle in the boat on the pond while they are looking for turtles. Or watching the older girls take the littles by the hand and go to their “secret” fort to play. This is what I came for.

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I have many hopes and dreams and expectations of what Farmstead life should look like. I can decorate my home to be the envy of any Fixer Upper and plan scrumptious meals with a decorated table like a Pioneer Woman even raise a fabulous Victory Garden but if I leave out the little details I will miss what the Farmstead has to offer. It is the little things that make me pause and breathe. This is what I came for.