March 30, 2018

Musing on the Feast by Shannon Goods

I have noticed an interesting phenomenon over the last year or two–I am hungry! Charlotte Mason often compares education to a feast.  She instructs us to […]
March 23, 2018

A Truth That Anchors by Joy Shannon

We should allow no separation to grow up between the intellectual and ‘spiritual’ life of children; but should teach them that the divine Spirit has constant […]
February 10, 2018

The Anna Karenina Principle: Laws of a Happy Dinner Table by Anna Migeon

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” — Leo Tolstoy, opening lines of Anna Karenina Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina Principle” […]
February 4, 2018

The Evolution of my Nature Notebook by Nicole Williams

My children have each worked their way through several nature notebooks throughout their school education, but I am still working on my original one. My first […]
January 27, 2018

The Importance of Memory Drawing in Nature Notebooks by Emily Kiser

As we seek to implement a Charlotte Mason education for our children, it is very helpful to look at her methods, at what she did and […]
January 20, 2018

‘The Play’s the Thing’ (Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2, 603-605) by Dr. John Thorley

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet Prince Hamlet has the idea of putting on a play that he hopes will cause a reaction in his uncle Claudius. The play […]
January 13, 2018

Of Meltdowns and Mysteries by Colleen Klatt

One morning recently, in a desperate attempt for survival, I had a timeout. The day started off as usual but, during a reading lesson, my seven […]
January 6, 2018

Macbeth: A Seared Conscience by Bonnie Buckingham

    What, you egg? Young fry of treachery! (Act 4, Scene 2) This line was chosen by most of my students to copy. We busted […]
December 31, 2017

Connections: How Much Does He Care? by Sandra Zuidema

“The question is not,—how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education—but how much does he care? and about how many orders of […]