Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival – A Trip to Charleston!

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Near the site of the original Charles Towne settlement

Named for King Charles II, Charleston was founded in 1670 at Albemarle Point, on the western bank of the Ashley River and was the first European settlement in the U.S. colonies.  Initially named Charles Towne, the settlement was later moved to its current location on the peninsula in 1680.  If you visit Charleston, make sure you plan a stop at the historical park at Charles Towne Landing.


Nature Study

One of our favorite parts of following Charlotte Mason’s methods are beginning many of our days with Nature Study. Rather than Amber’s family going out to study nature, they conveniently had nature come to them when they found a snake in their basement!  Of course, they couldn’t let it go without studying it first… Nature Study — Snake! posted at The Mommy Earth.Barb loves the following quote about nature study from Charlotte Mason’s contemporary and friend,  Liberty H. Bailey. Barb-Harmony Art Mom presents The Threads of Nature Study posted at Handbook of Nature Study. Have you ever wanted to take a peek at other kids’ nature journals?  Jennifer includes some pictures of theirs along with some glorious fall color in her article, Our Tree Trip in Utah, posted at Living Charlotte Mason in California. Tammy presents a fascinating and informative article about an impromptu nature study that occurred recently at her house:  An Exciting New Find, posted at Adventures On Beck’s Bounty.


Reproduction of English Settlers' Cabins at Charles Towne Landing



Ms. Mason advocated that children learn skills and abilities that would aid them in life and aid them in being productive.  In her schools she promoted handicrafts, not just arts and crafts. Sometimes moms are at a loss for handicraft ideas to do with their sons,  so here are some manly projects gleaned from Rebecca’s experiences as a Cub Scout leader:  Handicrafts for Boys posted at Little Homeschool on the Prairie.


Charleston in the spring


The Habit of Thinking

Children do not automatically do what is right – good habits must be painstakingly, regularly, consistently trained. Christin offers us a practical examples of how to do that in her insightful article,  The Habit of Thinking posted at Journey of Discovery.

Open in 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge from Charleston to Mt. Pleasant has the longest single cable-stay bridge in North America.


Forming a Relationship

It is natural that children, when exposed to great ideas from excellent living books, develop a relationship with what they are learning. Keri presents Forming a Relationship posted at Sunny Scholars.  Barb’s children certainly are forming a relationship with the characters as they study Les Miserables.  Read this excellent reflective piece on their literature study :  “An Appreciative Look or Comment” posted at Harmony Art Mom.  Although much broader than just this topic suggests, Bethany LeBedz presents Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom: The Tutor’s Private Coaching Session describing her wonderfully helpful magazines for rounding out a Charlotte Mason curriclum, posted at Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom.

Although Phyllis is just beginning her homeschooling years, she shares with us ‘what the beginning of a Charlotte Mason education looks like’ in her home as she shares A week in our school posted at Hunsucker’s Home from the Ukraine.


These often photographed colorful row of houses on East Bay Street are affectionately known as ‘Rainbow Row.’  Although there are several explanations for these bright colors, many feel they originated from the colonial Caribbean, a regular port of call on trade voyages to Charleston.


Copy Work

One of the basic tenets of a Charlotte Mason education is copy work. Cyndi Kinney posts an informative and helpful article on the benefits of copy work: Why Copywork? posted at Red Head Rambler.

During Colonial times the pineapple began to be used in the South as a symbol for the warm and welcome hospitality frequently found here.


Picture Study

Like copy work, picture study is a hallmark of Ms. Mason’s education. Please read this for an introduction to picture study, and then read Brenda’s article, The Impressionists for Kids posted at The Tie That Binds Us for a wonderful example of putting it into practice.   If you have older children and would like to have them learn a more formal method of evaluating art, please read my article, Charlotte Mason Mondays: Picture Study for Older Students posted at Epi Kardia.


This historic house of worship is also known as the French Huguenot  Church.  This Reformed church was founded about 1681 by French Huguenot refugees fleeing from religious persecution in France during the Protestant Reformation.


Living Books

Here is an additional post written by Jeanne about reading aloud, called Again, with feeling posted on her beautiful blog, A peaceful day.


No visit to Charleston would be complete without mentioning that the Civil War began right in our backyard with Confederate soldiers firing upon Fort Sumter, across Charleston Harbor, on April 12, 1861.  The Federal fort surrendered within a day and a half and would be occupied by Confederate forces for the next four years.

We hope you have enjoyed your Trip to Charleston as well as this edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!

Happy Homeschooling!

13 thoughts on “Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival – A Trip to Charleston!

  1. Oh I love the format you chose for the carnival! Excellent way of sharing.. love the Mason quotes by the way! 🙂


  2. Your welcome, Jeanne and Bethany! Thanks to everyone for your inspiring submissions and encouraging comments!

  3. Thanks for adding me!

  4. Great carnival!!! I am so excited to get reading!

  5. Well done! Enjoyed my tour of Charleston and the blog articles. Sorry I didn’t submit this time around. Holidays…

  6. Thank you so much for hosting this edition. It was lovely.

  7. I see my submission now :-). I did get your messages earlier, thanks! What a lovely way to set up a blog carnival – beats the usual plain ol’ link listing.

  8. Dana, if I add it now it will go through to Rose Cottage for the next issue.

    The link is here if you can add it this way:

    Yes, I used the Carnival submission form as usual! How strange…

  9. Yay!! I can’t wait to dig into these…still have some things to do today before having some “reading” time. 🙂

  10. Lovely carnival! Really interesting photos!

    I am looking forward to reading all the entries. Thanks so much for hosting.


  11. Thanks for hosting today; looks great & I’m looking forward to reading the entries!

  12. Dear Jeanne,
    I’m sorry about your article! Did you use the form on our left sidebar to submit it? If you wouldn’t mind submitting it again I will be glad to add it!

  13. Hi Dana,

    This looks exciting! Thanks for hosting.

    Did you not receive my submission on reading aloud? I would have thought I had it in on time!!


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