My Living Books Life – Catherine Shelton

…reading a wide selection of living books has not only increased our children’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them but has also given them a thirst for more living books and a general love of learning. I’ve always loved books, and started reading fairly early. As a young girl I devoured the Famous…

Education Is An Atmosphere – Compost Not Topiary!

The child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule their own lives – Charlotte Mason (Vol. 2, p. 247). The Charlotte Mason philosophy hands us a guiding principle to fuel our homes and the education of our children; it was summed up in three words: Education is an atmosphere, a…

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…

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…