Monday, October 25, 2010

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival

With this being my first year homeschooling outside of state-run programs, there is no lack of options to choose from.  While I'm still developing our school and my children currently learn from an array of different methods, what drew me to incorporating some of the Charlotte Mason method was it's focus on creation and the arts.  Grab something warm to sip and get cozy, there were a lot of contributors for this edition!

Susan from Stitching Life has provided a lovely Vivaldi Composer Study.  What a great resource!  I'll be incorporating it into our school this November.  Thanks so much for sharing this, Susan!
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Epi Kardia contributed this wonderful hymn study.  It's easy to follow and so much research has been done.  I'll also be plugging it into our autumn studies.  I love it!

Having issues with dictation?  Seven Little Australians has found "the missing link" that they share in their post, Charlotte Mason and Dictation.

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To Love shares a beautiful post on a day in the life of homeschooling her six children.  Ah, just read her To Chronicle a Day post and feel content and inspired.

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I love Holistic Homeschooler's Silent Saturday; What's in a Walk? post.  Sometimes, it's just so bonding to slow down, take a walk, and drink in the gorgeous creation that surrounds us.  It makes me happy that the Charlotte Mason method of schooling makes room for times like this.

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Sage Parnassus shares her experience at the Charlotte Mason Education Conference.  It looks like it was a time of wonderful connections, encouragement, and inspiration.  But the best part of it all?  Coming home to her four sweet children.

Jennifer over at Adventures in Mamaland shares some Hebrew/English Copywork Sheets.  Jennifer provides copywork verses in Hebrew and English for Jewish students or those with an interest in Biblical Hebrew.  She also shares a cute video from Naomi Rivka's Antimation.  Pretty cool what you can do with a 5-year-old, some egg cartons, and a webcam.  This was a follow-up to a homeschool animation workshop they attended the previous week. Jennifer and her children were studying ants, so that's what they animated! Check it out!

The Crazy Homeschool Mama took her school outside the classroom on a road trip back in time at the Fort Walla Walla Museum.  What an engaging experience!

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Need some reading lesson ideas for your first grader?  Why yes, I do as a matter of fact.  All Things Beautiful has More Reading Lessons on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.  There are some great ideas!
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Tammy at Adventures on Beck's Bounty shares a Nature Study Via Feline; a witty, impromptu nature study on moles, complements of their cats.  Every moment can be a learning moment, right?

Chi-ann shares about how she and her children had been struggling with getting out of the house to enjoy nature and her attempts to find creative ways to make sure her kids have a chance to appreciate our world.  Read about her solutions in her post, Nature Studies: Is This Cheating?  Haha.  I think not. :)

How do animals camouflage themselves? Lynn's children did a hands-on study to find out.  Read what they did and find more ideas on her post, Nature Field Trip.

Pamela shares a new leg in her homeschooling journey in her post Same Direction/New Path.  Hearing other family's processes and decisions can be so helpful and thought-provoking.  I love watching different families uniquely provide for the needs of their children. 

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Aaliyah Williams's article on the For-Profit Education Hall of Fame captures the entrepreneurial spirit and inspires me to train my children in a real-life, hands-on structure.  Who knows?  One of our children could make this list in a decade or so?

Beatrice Owen has a post on 50 Awesome and Inspiring TED Talks for Homeschoolers.  This article is is chock full of information on all sorts of subjects.  What interests your kids?  I bet you can find an article in here that will spark some serious ideas.

Do you own an iPhone or Android?  Check out the Top 20 Mobile Education Apps shared by Eadwine Walter.  What a great way to take some school with us wherever we go!  Another one I like to use is Flash Tables; a little math on the go for the children to practice with.

Here's an article to enrich us teachers.  Leslie Yoleson has contributed Top 40 Video Sites for Teachers. Learn a little something new and impart it to your students!

Bridget Nicholson has provided a book list of 80 Best Books for Nature Lovers.  The list is so long, it's easy to pick and choose which books would best fit your family's interests and beliefs.  This is a book list for high school aged students.

Do you have a teenager interested in public policy?   Check out the Top 10 Most Influential Public Policy Professors.  Public policy is a unique and changing career field to enter. These 10 professors have been particularly influential in helping shape the direction of academic thought in the area.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the charlotte mason blog carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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  1. Very nicely presented! After school on this blustery day, I will make some peppermint tea and enjoy these posts. Thank you for all your hard work.

  2. Thank you for hosting this lovely Carnival. It's beautiful.


  3. Whoa! LONG one again... I'll have to come back to read all these lovelies! Thanks for putting it together! :)

    amy in peru

  4. Thank you, Katie, for quite aptly hosting the Carnival!

    I know what you mean, Amy! This will quite definitely take more than one sitting to read!
    Looking forward to digging in!

  5. I found some awesome blogs today - thanks so much for hosting this carnival. :)

  6. thank you for hosting katie! great job!

  7. Great Job!!! Found some great, like minded blogs :)

  8. Wow, thanks for sharing all the links! That's awesome. My friend used the Charlotte Mason method and she loved it.

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  9. Oh wow, I see that my comment was published! This is so weird, because I have read several of your posts in the past and left comments, and this is the first time one has shown up, I think.

    My hubby did some work on the computer this weekend, so maybe he fixed something.

    Usually the comment never posts and I get a rejection message in my inbox saying "Google tried to deliver your message but it was rejected by the recipient domain." (I copied an old message that was still in my inbox).

    Then it gives me a lot of technical information. Anyway, if you don't hear from me ever again it's because I don't have your email address and Google isn't letting me comment, lol!

  10. I'm so sorry about that! I had a horrible time with Comment Luv and lost hundreds of meaningful comments through them, so I took it off my blog. I'm wondering if that was the problem? Sorry, again!

  11. I...LOVE...THIS!!!!! Oh my gosh!!! I am a first time visitor and this is such a God thing! We are doing the prep work to begin homeschooling our children beginning Fall 2011...and we are going to use Simply Charlotte Mason. I am SO thrilled to find this carnival and have the opportunity to meet so many families using the approach and sharing all of their great resources!!!

    Oh wow! I am so excited! Can't wait to visit all of them! I am bookmarking your blog and becoming a follower!

    Blessings to you and your family!

    Mary Joy


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