Friday, May 30, 2014

A Charlotte Mason Summer

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Summer is here (well, technically it is still Spring, but it feels like summer) and I am ready for a change of pace.  We school year round here, so it's not like summertime brings a time of throwing down our books and kicking up our feet.  So what's a girl to do?


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Have a Charlotte Mason Summer!

If you are a frequent reader here, it's no secret that we are classical homeschoolers.  So why am I interested in Charlotte Mason for the summer?  Well, first of all, Charlotte Mason really was a classical educator, she just put her own unique spin on things.  The Charlotte Mason and classical models really complement each other quite well.  They both focus on living books, understanding history chronologically, and being surrounded by the good, the true, and the beautiful.  I'm excited to mesh these two styles together for this summer!


What is the Charlotte Mason Method?


I know a bit about the Charlotte Mason method, but I am no expert.  Let me go over the bit that I know:

  • Short and sweet lessons
  • Lots of outdoors time
  • A focus on nature
  • A focus on literature (and living books)
  • Copywork, Dictation, Narration

Ok, what am I missing?  Well, I'm about to find out, because the next book that we are going to be going through in our Classical Mamas Read book club is book 1 of the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Series.  I am really excited to read this book and learn more!


Classical Mamas Read - Home Education by Charlotte Mason



You have one week to get yourself a copy of this book because we will start our discussion June, 6th.  The good thing is that this one is an easy one to get (so no one has any excuses for not reading along!)  Here are a few options:


There are six sections in this book, so I am hoping to go through it in six weeks.  If this is too fast and we need to take more time on some sections, that is not a problem.

I am hoping that this series will be a little different than the past two books we have discussed.  I'm hoping to tackle each topic by talking about how we are implementing Charlotte Mason's suggestions this summer, not so much a point by point breakdown of each chapter.  I think this will be a lot of fun and I hope that you will join me in having a Charlotte Mason Summer!





If you are interested in learning how to practically begin using the Charlotte Mason methods in your homeschool, I highly recommend this ebook from Cindy West.  It is a fun, easy read that walks you step-by-step into a Charlotte Mason homeschool!  It would be a great complement to our summer book club!

Learn more about Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 EASY Step-by-Step Lessons





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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Greatest Picture Book Bracket - Round 1

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Alrighty friends, here we go!  It's time to vote on the first round of the Greatest Picture Book Bracket!

ANYONE can vote.  You do not have to have turned in a bracket.  For those of you who turned in a bracket, I suggest voting for the ones that you picked (well, if you want to increase your chances of winning anyways =)  If you still want to get in on the fun and have a chance to win a $35 amazon giftcard, you can still turn in a bracket, you just miss the points for the first round.

Also, you don't have to vote on every match up if you don't want.  Feel free to just name a few if that's all you have time for.

Download the Bracket 
(if you haven't already turned one in)

Round 1 Match-Ups


Pick your favorites by either listing their names or number in the comments of this post, or by commenting on my facebook posts (look for those throughout the day).  Round 1 voting is open from today until midnight on Monday, June 2nd.

You can click on the pictures to learn more about each book and even get a peak into most of them. 



  vs.  
  1. Curious George2. We're Going on a Bear Hunt



vs.
         3. Little Critter Books4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear,
What Do You See?



vs.
       5. Little Mommy           6. Jamberry



vs.
    7. Berenstain Bears8. Duck on a Bike



vs.  
9. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie10. The Frances Books



vs.
    11. Goodnight Moon    12. Three Little Kittens



vs.
13. Horton Hears a Who     14. Corduroy



vs.
15. Green Eggs and Ham16. The Very Hungry Caterpillar



vs.
17. The Cat in the Hat18. The Little Red Lighthouse
and the Great Gray Bridge



vs.
19. Madeline20. The Story of Ferdinand



vs.
21. Alexander and the Terrible,
Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
22. Angus and the Ducks (and others)



vs.
23. Blueberries for Sal24. Katy and the Big Snow



vs.
25. The Little House26. Make Way for Ducklings



vs.
27. Miss Spider's Tea Party28. Katy No-Pocket



vs.
29. Mike Mulligan and
His Steam Shovel
30. The Tale of Peter Rabbit



vs.
   31. The Mole Sisters   32. The Story About Ping



vs.
33. Norman the Doorman    34. Caps for Sale



vs.
35. Always Room for One More36. Harry the Dirty Dog



vs.
37. Harold and the Purple Crayon         38. Dandelion



vs.
39. Are You My Mother?40. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble



vs.
    41. Miss Rumphius  42. The Seven Silly Eaters



vs.
       43. Lentil     44. The Snowy Day



vs.
45. When the Wind Stops    46. Amos & Boris



vs.
47. Dr. De Soto48. Town Mouse, Country Mouse



vs.
49. The Mitten50. Richard Scarry Books



vs.
51. The Doorbell Rang52. And to Think That I
Saw it on Mulberry Street



vs.
52. The Church Mouse books54. The Emperor's New Clothes



vs.
54. The Little Engine that Could56. Where the Wild Things Are



vs.
57. The Biggest Bear58. Emily



vs.
59. The 500 Hats of
Bartholomew Cubbins
60. The Little Red Hen
(and others by Paul Galdone)



vs.
61. Little Toot62. Stone Soup



vs.
63. Ask Mr. Bear64. Roxaboxen



Well, there you have it, folks!   Pick your favorites and leave them in the comments (you can write the names or numbers).  You have until Monday evening (June 2nd) to get your votes up and then I'll be back with the round two picks on Thursday, June 5th!


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