My Living Books Life – Nancy Kelly

  My life has been forever enriched by reading slowly, surely, and widely When did my living books life begin? My mom tells a story of when I was hospitalized at age nine with spinal meningitis.  She says that when the nurse leaned over the bed and asked what I wanted to have – and…

Ten Top Tips For Winning With Nature Study

An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods There are no ‘rules’ when it comes to nature study so you can relax now mama! Charlotte Mason painted…

The Struggle Is Real – Sunday Morning Mothering!

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! Psalm 95:6  One from the 2015 archives; I was reminded of the importance of it again during worship this morning. I’m calling out to every Sunday morning mother who has thought ‘why do I bother coming?’ Roughly calculated I reckon…

Truth Around The Table – More On The Morning Gathering

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden Yesterday on The Charlotte Mason Show I shared about the power of short lessons as well as the our morning home school routine otherwise known as ‘Boden’s assemble’, ‘morning basket’…

English Apple Scones – Perfect For a Poetry Tea!

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis These beautiful scones were a perfect project for Sienna and I on a frosty Saturday afternoon and we just so happened to have ‘afternoon tea’ visitors to feed them to – the verdict was…

Poetry Teatime – Creating A Language Rich Environment

When you pair poetry with tea, your children create a connection between contemplation and rest – Julia Bogart Yes, we are a tea drinking nation so this was a pretty natural move for me (smile); our home education has been established over pots of tea around our dining room table but there’s something quite special…

And The WINNER Is…

  There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Thank you to all you wonderful living book lovers who entered this competition; I am planning on wading through all your amazing recommendations and forming a blog post out of them, what fabulous…

They’re Watching You!

  Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you – Robert Fulgham   The following post is an excerpt from ‘Moments on mothering‘ Who we are and what we say, what we do and how we play out our lives is really important to our children. Every day…

My Living Books Life – Emily Kiser

  To introduce children to literature is to instal them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served – Charlotte Mason I’m so delighted to introduce you to my guest on the blog today, Emily Kiser. Emily and I met over…

Giveaway Time!

  Indeed, the gospel story offers the epic of the ages for the poet who shall arise in the future, strong in faith, and meek enough to hold his creative gift in reverent subjection. –  Charlotte Mason (The Saviour of the world) So, as I promised, it’s giveaway time; I’m offering a copy of Charlotte…