Giveaway Time

Hi All,

It has been a while since I have hit the “blog-o-sphere” and thank you for being patient.  This week I discovered that my YouTube channel has hit 500 subscribers.  That may not sound like much to some, but to me that’s amazing.  I want to be a channel that encourages Mamas in their decision to home educate and give an honest view, one not skewed by “Pinterest” perfect homes or “Instagram” life.  I am real, you are real, let’s keep it real, ok?

NOW on to the fun stuff.  In honor of having 500 subscribers I am hosting a giveway on my Facebook page or you can click the link to add your email.  Also, commenting on a YouTube video will garner an entry.  You can just leave a smiley face. 🙂  Click the link in the sidebar for the giveaway page and you can watch the video below for info about the giveaway and also some of our favorite things we are using in our Farmstead school.



SCM Homeschool Planner

On this post, I plan to add a few different planners for the use of homeschooling.  The first one I have here is for up to three children while using the Simply Charlotte Mason curriculum especially if you use it exclusively. (I will be creating a more generic CM planner as well.)

This planner is in muted colors as to save on ink and can be printed with your toner save on or printed in gray scale.  Also, it is designed in landscape format.  For me, I need more room to write out assignments and landscape helps me achieve this.  Each spread is for one day, the whole planner printed out is 12 weeks worth of school or one term.  NOTE: planner needs to be printed double sided.

The planner is free~Enjoy!

CM Lesson Pic
Simply Charlotte Mason (Three Student)

Easy and Free Latin

After cutting out the flashcards, they fit very nicely in a Sloyd project. 

Salve! (Google says this means welcome in Latin)

One of the hardest subjects I have tempted to breach this year, besides French, has to be Latin.  I love words, I have books full of them. 😉  Yet, when faced with teaching this to my children, it scared me.  I have always thought that I needed someone who worked at the Smithsonian with five PhDs to walk me through this.

This is where the Public Domain came to my rescue.  While perusing Google Books, I discovered a neat little (free)Latin Primer that fit my bill rather nicely.  It is easy enough to not scare the wits out of my children, yet progresses nicely in difficulty.  I printed this book and put it into a 3-ring binder for use.

Another hurdle was making sure I am pronouncing these words correctly for my children.  This is where I consulted a PDF I found online and a YouTube channel to set me straight.  From the PDF, I created flash cards so I may quiz the children.  Lastly, I designed another PDF page so that the girls could write down their exercises in an orderly manner.  These will have holes punched and be put into a folder labeled “Latin”.

In the pictures, my printouts are spotty with black.  Please forgive my printer, it is a hot mess at the moment and we are not on speaking terms.  Yours won’t print like this unless you too are nursing a broken printer.  All of the links I mentioned are below and all of the printouts are free, it will only cost you ink.  Fruor! (Enjoy!)

The Latin Primer by H. C. Nutting  1911

Pronunciation Guide

Flash cards

Primer Notebook Page

YouTube channel we have been using for pronunciation and more clarity.

If you have any difficulty with any of these resources or see an error, please contact me via the contact page or email me at  Thanks!



Charlotte Mason Inspired Magnetic Schedule Board

My finished board with sample schedule. There are over 40 individual schedule strips to choose from.

I love having a beautiful way of displaying our schedule for school. This helps keep the children and me a bit more organized and the children know what to expect throughout the day.

In the video below, I show you how I made a simple yet beautiful schedule board for under $20.00.

If you wish to have a copy of the schedule strips for yourself, please click here.  You will NOT be added to a subscription list.


Favorite Podcasts for Homeschooling

Read-Aloud Revival ~ Many podcasts here and many subjects covered.

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

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

Schole Sisters ~ I am new to this one.  A classical bent with a touch of CM.

Circe Institute ~ Another with a classical bent, yet I have found I can apply many of these with a CM education. And it’s called “The Mason Jar”, I love that name. 🙂

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!

Charlotte Mason ~ High School Years

HIgh school Years

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.


Full Curriculum~

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

Simply Charlotte Mason



Simply Charlotte Mason – Scripture Memory System

Bible Pins from my Pinterest Board


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!


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


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.


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.


The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings

Enrichment Studies – offers free fine arts lessons.


Enrichment Studies – offers free fine arts lessons.


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

SCM Haul

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.