Nature Nut In A January Rut?

“Just living is not enough; one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen I have a ‘thing’ when I read a book, study an artist or discover a new poet that I have to ‘know’ about their life; I’ll do a quick wiki search, find a podcast interview or just innocently…

The Simple Feast

We spread an abundant and delicate feast in the programmes and each small guest assimilates what he can – Charlotte Mason (Vol. 6, p. 183). The delectable ‘feast’ is one of the appeals of a Charlotte Mason Education; the variety of stories and lives and lessons to fill our children’s hearts and minds excites me…

My Living Books Life – Celeste Cruz

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. –Henry David Thoreau Like many homeschooling moms, I have always been a lover of books.  I’m embarrassed to admit how many Baby-Sitters Club books lined my shelves, but I also gobbled the good stuff: I re-read my Little…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

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…