Tag Archives: Charlotte Mason

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bard? Studying Shakespeare with Children

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Several years ago, we added Shakespeare to our family’s educational activities for the first time. My daughter loved our field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and I don’t think I ever would have thought of introducing my children to The Bard at such a young age if it weren’t for the inspiration of Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the late 1800′s, and some of the people currently writing on Charlotte Mason topics such as Karen Andreola. Continue reading


Twaddle-Free Literature by Grade Level

(This reading list is simply my personal idea of twaddle-free reading — it isn’t the Twaddle-free Gospel.) :-)

Living Books = books that are well-written and engaging–they absorb the reader–the narrative and characters “come alive”; living books are the opposite of cold, dry textbooks. Continue reading

Homeschooling with a rock bottom budget …

53dc51466b23d.preview-620by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had newbie homeschooling moms cry on my shoulder about all the myriads of choices available for home education curriculum and supplies. Continue reading

Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?

Copyright 2010 Deborah Taylor-Hough (research article)

Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?

In his provocative essay, “Against School,” John Taylor Gatto (2003) details many of the problems he sees with America’s public schools and methods of education. Gatto (2003) quotes H. L. Mencken in The American Mercury that “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality.” As a former New York State Teacher of the Year, Gatto’s views of public education were developed after years of firsthand experience within the very system he critiques. When receiving his Teacher of the Year award, Gatto said, “We live in a time of great school crisis. We rank at the bottom of 19 industrialized nations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. At the very bottom” (Taylor, 2009). Continue reading