• Why we quit using the Charlotte Mason method and what we are doing instead
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    Why We Quit Using the Charlotte Mason Method

    If you have been following around here for a little while you may know that we (well, I) decided to give the Charlotte Mason method a try for this school year. I love the Charlotte Mason method, I love all the photos I see and really agree with most of the method. But I am just unable to follow it. Seriously, we maybe did one month of a revised version of the method before it just simply fell apart.     The truth is, I’m more of an organic homeschooler and we all do better when we view homeschooling as a lifestyle, not something we “do”. My goals for homeschooling…

  • How to create your own Charlotte Mason elementary schedule
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    Our DIY Charlotte Mason Homeschool Schedule – Part Two

    Welcome back to what is turning out to be an entire series on Charlotte Mason homeschooling! In case you missed them and want to check out the other posts, here’s where you can find them: What is the Charlotte Mason Method and Why We are Switching to it Resources We are Using in Our Charlotte Mason Elementary Homeschool Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool Schedule – Part One Like I’ve mentioned in my previous posts I have always loved the idea of the Charlotte Mason method but have struggled with how it actually works. Obviously I have a bit of troubles taking something abstract and turning it into a concrete plan. A…

  • Charlotte Mason homeschool DIY curriculum for elementary - year 0 and year 3
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    Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool Schedule – Year 0 & Year 3 – Part One

    Alright, I’ve been promising to share our Charlotte Mason homemade homeschool schedule/curriculum that I’ve put together for this year and it’s taken me awhile to get it all sorted out but here it finally is! Just a few things to note before we get into it . . . We are not Charlotte Mason purists. Our previous two years have been very relaxed, interest-led homeschooling. Also, I have read A Charlotte Mason Companion and I’m currently reading Charlotte Mason’s Home Education series so while I know where she stands on some things I haven’t read all her ideas to really know everything, so let’s just get that out there: I…

  • Nature Study Resources - A Butterfly is Patient
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    What is the Charlotte Mason method? And Why We are Switching to it

    I know many of you have already started your homeschool year. Here where we live the school system doesn’t start back until the day after Labor Day and while we usually start our homeschool year earlier this year we are delaying until at least the Wednesday after Labor Day. A large part of this delay is the fact that we (I) recently decided to switch things up and we will be following the Charlotte Mason method this year. Our previous method I dubbed Homeschooling as a Lifestyle and while I still really love this method there are a few different things that have us switching to Charlotte Mason this year. I…

  • Charlotte Mason elementary homeschool resources we are using in our homeschool year
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    Resources We Are Using in Our Charlotte Mason Elementary Homeschool

    If you have been following me on Instagram either on my personal Instagram or over on the Intentional Homeschooling account you probably already know that we are switching over to a more Charlotte Mason approach this year. I’ve always loved the idea of the Charlotte Mason method because I’m a big believer in a lot of her ideas, especially living books, but I’ve always gotten a little overwhelmed when trying to plan out our year. Thankfully this year I dug in and did a ton of research and planned a CM year that I am really excited about! I will be sharing our full plans for kindergarten and grade three…