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Charlotte Mason’s Controversial Method of (Not) Teaching Composition

  |   Charlotte Mason Mondays, Curriculum, Language Arts, Lesson Plan, Teaching Elementary School, Teaching Writing   |   11 Comments

One of the most controversial of Charlotte Mason’s principles is how she viewed the teaching of composition.  For a unique but fruitful approach - keep reading Charlotte Mason on composition.   Charlotte Mason on Composition 'Composition' comes by Nature.––In fact, lessons on 'composition' should follow the model of...

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make a lapbook

Make a Lapbook!

  |   Curriculum, Hands on Activities, Language Arts, Lesson Plan, Teaching - all grades, Teaching Elementary School, Teaching High School, Teaching Middle School, Teaching Writing   |   6 Comments

Beth Hempton and I love doing workshops on graphic organizers for homeschooling support groups and teachers' workshops. And we especially love teaching old and new friends how to make lapbooks and mini-books. The best part is seeing some ‘traditional textbook curriculum" moms and teachers learn that hands-on...

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Tired of the tears (theirs and yours)?


You don’t have to tie them to their chairs to get their school work done. (Kidding. You never actually tie them to their chairs. You just feel like that’s what it would take to get them to get their work done.)

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Immerse your children in the sights and sounds of history through reading excellent books. Bring history, science and fine arts to life by reading our best-of-the-best book suggestions. (A traditional textbook just isn’t going to do this for your kids.)

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(We write essays, too, but not all the time).

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