This is our first year of formal lessons now that we have a first grader! We are following the Charlotte Mason method for the most part, but there are some times where I just do what feels right for us. During our week you will see short lessons, narration, living books, a wide variety of subjects, and lots of time outdoors.
For our first official year of homeschooling, we are using A Mind in the Light to guide us through Year 1 of a Charlotte Mason style education.
The best playdough to make when you need to break out of a bad day and play together. It is soft, soothing, and sensory.
When I discovered Charlotte Mason, one of the first quotes I came upon was her well-known motto, "I am, I can, I ought, I will". It struck me as one of the most empowering phrases I think I've ever heard. What I love about it is that we can each interpret her words in the way that means the most to us.
When I think about what I want my girls to take with them from their childhood and their homeschool life, I love the thought of their heads being filled with beautiful ideas and words. Having poetry and quotes in your heart at your disposal is a gift - one that stays with you for life!
You know you're a homeschooling parent when... you're totally and unabashedly obsessed with books. Homeschooler... book hoarder...is there really a difference?
Didn't think so.
But all books are not created equal. And there's a lot out there to sort through! So I've decided to do a little round-up of the resources I use to help me find quality living books for our home.
Here's a round-up of our resources for our first year of homeschooling with a Kindergartener!
Lately, I hit my stride with planning and recording our weekly lessons. I tried a couple different things over the past few months of the school year but I landed on a favorite so I thought I'd share in case it's helpful to you!
The process of discovery and documenting is where the magic happens. When you document, you observe closely, and you make it your own. You've put your discovery into your journal, made that personal connection, and now you've learned.
Teaching From Rest is a quick dose of homeschooling encouragement by Sarah Mackenzie, a leader in the homeschooling community.