Tag Archives: Charlotte Mason

AmblesideOnline.org – where do you start?

If you’re like me, the first visit to amblesideonline.org can seem a bit overwhelming. I’d like to pass on some great advice that I was given on how to approach the site.

Start with the “Frequently Asked Questions”.  You can read them through the link or download a printable pdf (note it is 23 pages long).  On the Ambleside website, they note these are “questions that were found on the Ambleside Online email list to be most commonly asked by list members. Information from nearly two years of list archives has been collected and compiled here; we encourage you to read this page in its entirety – the chances are good that your question has already been answered here!”

I hope you find this recommendation helpful.  It was a blessing to me.

God Bless you on your Walk!

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Book of Firsts

Recently, at a meeting with fellow Charlotte Mason friends, the topic of a “Book of Firsts” was mentioned.  I had never heard of a “Book of Firsts” but I liked it so much I decided to do a post about it.  Charlotte Mason suggested using this method with children.

A Charlotte Mason “Book of Firsts” is a diary that you keep to record when “The First (event)” happened in the year.  For example, you may want to record “Saw the first Daffodil bloom of the year” or “Saw the first Bradford Pear bud of the year”. When you see your “first”, you record it in your diary.  Ideally, it would be best to use a calendar with only the month and the date and  you would record the year and document what “First” you observed. And year after year, you note your “firsts” of the year.

If you are living in the same area, you would, hopefully, have similar entries each year, such as “Saw the first Bradford Pear bud of the year” and you will begin to notice the date moves each year as winter is either shorter or longer.  This is a great teaching tool for children helping them to be better observers of nature around them, as well as, teach them about specific flowers and trees and more. If you move, it is a great way to see how blooming happens earlier or later in the year depending on where you are.

And remember,  it’s not just about spring “firsts”.  A great fall first could be “Saw the first yellow leaf” or for winter “Saw the first snow”. It’s a wonderful year round activity.

God Bless you on your Walk!

Charlotte Mason Original Homeschooling Series – where to find it

The Original Home Schooling Series includes the complete works of Charlotte Mason.  Currently, I belong to a group that meets once a month to discuss Charlotte Mason’s writing.  Basically, we read one book at a time, one chapter at a time.

We meet at someone’s house each month and our moderator leads us in discussing the assigned chapter.  Our moderator, who has been leading the group for over 10 years, is an amazing woman that has been homeschooling for over 17 years and the majority of that time she has been using Charlotte Mason’s methods.

I have had the privilege and pleasure of being part of this group for over 3 years.  I joined simply to meet like minded, Christian women that were going to home school or were already home schooling their children.  I had no idea who Charlotte Mason was.  I did a quick google search, read a brief bio and was interested.  Since then, I can truly say I have been on a journey.  I have come to realize that when we meet we are covering Charlotte Mason’s theories.

Charlotte Mason’s Original Home Schooling Series represents her theories on education.  She covers a broad spectrum of topics bringing them all together under the main theme: “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”

The breadth and depth of these books will give us plenty to discuss in upcoming posts.

Ambleside Online has made the books available online for free here.  If you find it difficult to read, Ambleside Online also has a Paraphrased Modern English version available for free here.  If you wish to have a hard copy, I would recommend following the book link above to Amazon (through our affiliated related link) or try other web stores.

Amazon has other versions than this available but I’ve heard they do differ from the Original Homeschooling Series so beware.

Blessings to you all!