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Author: Sonya Shafer

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Join popular author and speaker, Sonya Shafer, every week for timely encouragement and practical teaching tips to help you homeschool with the Charlotte Mason Method.
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There’s a question that seems to come up regularly in homeschooling discussions. In fact, it might be niggling in the back of your mind right now. So let’s take a few minutes to turn around and address that question head on. Let’s get it out in the open and talk about it. The question I […] Is My Child Learning Enough? originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
How to Do Picture Study

How to Do Picture Study

2020-02-0500:09:28

Picture study is one of the easiest things to add to your schoolwork and one of the most enriching. Let’s walk through how to do it. What You Will Need You will need to select an artist and have a good-sized picture by that artist for your picture study lesson. How To All right, let’s […] How to Do Picture Study originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
Recently, Sonya Shafer and Laura Pitney and Karen Smith sat down to discuss this question: What are one or two (or three, four, whichever we get to) common homeschool mistakes that get in the way of success with the Charlotte Mason methods? Laura: I think we’ve all been there, right? Sonya: We have made mistakes—at […] Your Questions Answered: Common CM Homeschool Mistakes originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
I must admit that I’m somewhat partial to old books. But when you’re teaching modern history, you have to find some new favorites. And I’m happy to tell you about some real gems that I’ve found and can heartily recommend for the whole family. Good living books make it simple to teach your whole family […] Favorite Modern Times History Books for the Family originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
Winter Nature Study

Winter Nature Study

2020-01-1500:11:40

I don’t know about you, but usually when I think about nature study I picture a beautiful spring day with a lovely breeze and gorgeous sunshine—really nice weather. We’re all happily walking down a lovely path, smiling at the flowers and the trees, and the little bunny rabbits are frisking about . . . . […] Winter Nature Study originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
How to Do Narration

How to Do Narration

2020-01-0700:15:262

Let’s walk through a foundational method used in many Charlotte Mason-style lessons: narration. You will be using this method for history, geography, Bible, science, and other subjects, so let’s make sure you understand it and feel confident using it. What You Will Need Really all that you need to do a narration lesson is a […] How to Do Narration originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
It seems like more and more people are traveling and expanding their horizons around the world. We often get asked for advice and practical tips from families who are planning to live and homeschool overseas. The Charlotte Mason Method can present some unique challenges and some uniquely enriching opportunities when you’re homeschooling in a different […] Homeschooling Overseas with the Charlotte Mason Method originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
Our Wills and God’s Will

Our Wills and God’s Will

2019-12-2300:10:41

We’ve spent several blog posts talking about the way of the will and how to strengthen the will so it will be able to choose to do what is right, even when it’s hard. I’ve really enjoyed these weeks of addressing your questions and giving practical ideas about disciplining the will and developing willpower. Today […] Our Wills and God’s Will originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
I remember my high school history books. They were nothing like these beauties! My history textbooks were full of summaries and facts. These are full of ideas and people and fascinating narratives that make the events of the past come alive! Today I want to share with you my favorite history books for high school […] Favorite Early Modern History Books for Grades 10–12 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
This morning my alarm went off as scheduled. I squinted my eyes part-way open and took in the dark room and the cold rain pattering against the window. It was a dreary day, but it was warm and cozy under the covers. As I reached out my finger to turn off the alarm, a faint […] I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Wish I Did originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
A well-rounded Charlotte Mason education involves living ideas from great books, the discipline of good habits, and the atmosphere of our homes. We’d like to focus on that third aspect today. My friend and co-worker Laura Pitney is here to talk about creating a delightful atmosphere during the Christmas season. Now, I know not all […] Your Questions Answered: Christmas Season Edition originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
A Chat with Pam Barnhill

A Chat with Pam Barnhill

2019-11-2500:08:50

My friend Pam Barnhill stopped by today and she sat down to have a little chat with us. Some of you might know her from her popular podcast, Homeschool Solutions. Sonya: Pam, thanks so much for joining us today. Pam: Thank you so much for having me, Sonya. It’s great to be here. Sonya: Would […] A Chat with Pam Barnhill originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
I love being surrounded by great books! My father recently made me two more bookcases, so I’ve been happily reshuffling and reorganizing my collection of history and literature books. That’s one of my favorite tasks: handling and organizing my books. As I hold each one, it’s like looking into the face of an old friend. […] Favorite Early Modern Books for Grades 7–9 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
3 Ways to Develop Willpower

3 Ways to Develop Willpower

2019-11-1200:10:441

Right off the bat, some of you may be thinking, “Strengthen my child’s will? I don’t need to strengthen it. He’s a strong-willed child already!” And that may be the case, but don’t jump to any conclusions. You might want to read the other posts about the Will to make sure you know what we’re […] 3 Ways to Develop Willpower originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
My friend and co-worker Laura Pitney is joining me to talk about all of those wonderful enrichment subjects. Here’s the question to discuss today: “There are so many enriching subjects in a Charlotte Mason approach: picture study, music study, nature study, poetry, handicrafts, art instruction, Shakespeare, hymn singing, and more. It seems like so much […] Your Questions Answered: Fitting in the Good Stuff originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
A good field guide can be a very helpful tool when you’re doing nature walks or nature study. Let’s talk about what to look for when you’re choosing them and how to use them. Joining me today is my longtime friend and co-creator of Simply Charlotte Mason, Karen Smith. Karen is my go-to person for […] How to Choose and Use Field Guides originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
The Early Modern time period includes many fascinating people and events. And what better way to study them than through living books—books that make them come alive in your child’s mind; books that touch their emotions and fire their imaginations; books that are well written and brimming with ideas, not just dry facts. Today I […] Favorite Early Modern Books for Grades 4–6 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
A few weeks ago I did a post on the Way of the Will as a little refresher course on how Charlotte Mason explained the will and how it works. Many of you responded with requests for more on that subject. So today we’re going to touch on another aspect of the will, and I […] Is Your Child Strong-Willed or Weak-Willed? originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
Today my friend and co-worker Laura Pitney is with me to share some of our favorite moments using the Charlotte Mason method. Sonya: I’m thinking back on it, now that I’ve graduated three out of my four kids, and I can see a lot more, I wouldn’t necessarily say, you know, “top moments,” but there […] Your Questions Answered: Favorite CM Moments originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
How to Read History

How to Read History

2019-10-0100:13:141

When I was a little girl, I would go visit my grandparents once or twice a year. I quickly figured out that things at my grandparents’ house were different from my own house. They had different-looking furniture; they watched different TV shows and played different games; they had different toys for me to play with; […] How to Read History originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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mohammad sadeghi

I wanna talk you on what's app plz +989127006352 thanks

Jan 2nd
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Jackie Grimes

sometimes if a kid has autism or ADHD it's not possible for them to stay still.I find if you bring a fidget toy it helps to distract them.training isn't possible with these kids,patience patience patience.agree about the breaks good idea.

Dec 8th
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Keith Lorenz

I really enjoyed this. Thank you!

Mar 2nd
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Lindsey Ungs

Sonya's advice is excellent! She is a great resource.

Aug 31st
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