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My Favorite Preschool Resource

When my kiddos were little (preschool), Earthways: Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children was my favorite resource book.

Here’s part of a review on Amazon: Continue reading


My favorite Math resource for 1st through 4th grade

When I was in First Grade (nearly 50 years ago!), I regularly got in trouble for sneaking things from school home with me.  What was I sneaking into my coat that got me in trouble?  Believe it or not, it was the Math workbooks we used in class!  I couldn’t get enough of them … they were like wonderful puzzle books to me and I just never felt like we played with them enough in class.  Yes, you read that right.  I thought of Math as playing.  I was such a weird child.  😉 Continue reading

My Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Educational Ideas

As time goes by, I’ve come to appreciate the numerous methods Charlotte Mason used with her students. But when I first became acquainted with the name Charlotte Mason, I really wasn’t aware of many of the details.

As I think many of us can attest, I was initially drawn to Charlotte Mason’s ideas after reading Susan Schaeffer MaCauley’s book, For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School (referred to on this web-page as: FTCS). This gentle, insightful book opened my eyes to the joy that I could find within our family and our homeschooling endeavors. I’ve read and re-read FTCS many time, and each time it refreshes my soul and restores my vision for what homeschooling can be about. Continue reading

Nature Notebooks

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Nature Notebooks are artist sketchbooks where the children can draw whatever natural items strike their fancy.

The more options you offer the child, the more likely they’ll find one or more ideas that spark their interest. The Nature Notebooks should be voluntary, by the way–not an assignment or a plea from the parent (“Now, draw the pretty bird for Mommy, honey. . . .”). Continue reading

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