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Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival-Godey’s Lady’s Book Edition

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Welcome to the January edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!


What a thrill I had while going through my husband’s parents’ belongings recently!  I uncovered a rather tattered collection of several 1880 editions of Godey’s Lady’s Book!  If you are not familiar with this Victorian era magazine, it was published in Philadelphia from 1830 to 1878 and was one of the most popular magazines of its time.

Containing engravings of contemporary fashion for ladies and children, recipes, games, and poetry, it also included articles and novelettes by noteworthy American authors.  Interestingly, it was perhaps the first magazine to actually be copyrighted in 1845 to keep others from stealing and reproducing its content.

This magazine holds special significance for Charlotte Mason advocates as it contains a glimpse into the time period during which she lived.  It is fascinating reading, although the minuscule point size is rather challenging!  The photos you see in this article are taken from my copies.  Enjoy these glimpses from the past!

This edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival includes several posts about how other homeschooling families teach “Charlotte-Mason style” in their homes. Beginning with overall methodology post,

Charlotte Mason Methodology

Penney Douglas shares what a Charlotte Mason education looks like in her home in How We Have Applied Charlotte Mason Principles in Our Homeschool, posted at Changed By Love.

A teacher after my own heart, Robin Phillips offers up a helping of nontraditional alternatives to the ho-hum assignments we so easily hand out in Creative Home School Project Formats: 15Traditional, 10 Nontraditional posted at Crack the Egg.

Even then we loved our chocolate!



Nature Study

Like most of us at one time or another, Shannon rediscovered why nature study should not be shelved for those ‘more important’ academic areas.  Read Regaining Focus with Charlotte Mason posted at Mountaineer Country and be encouraged not to neglect nature study in your homeschooling.

In her delightful post Holli presents Studying Nature…a year gone by…, showing us one of her children’s progress after a year of nature study.  Her blog: Settled In My Home.

Bethany presents a post, documented with photos and resources, describing her family’s  Winter

Squirrel Study posted at Little Homeschool Blessings.

Victorian fashions!

Victorian fashions!


Pamela presents a thoughtful post concerning Teasing posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

 Living Books Instead of Textbooks

Victorian Era Handicrafts

Victorian Era Handicrafts

Dawn presents Books, Books, and More Books!!! , offering both a helpful book list as well as fun project ideas for the Revolutionary period of U.S.history, posted at My 4 Sweetums.

Jennifer in MamaLand presents The Myth of Ability, and How Textbooks Drag Education Down posted at Adventures in Mama-Land. I so agree with Jennifer that textbooks are, in many, many cases,  poorly written, inaccurate and just.plain.dull.


Nancy encourages us by sharing a literary discussion in her household in  Forest for the Trees posted at Sage Parnassus.This is a great post for all of you mom’s with younger children.  Keep reading those living books!

Thank you to all of you Charlotte Mason aficionados who contributed to this edition!

Readers, if you read a post that challenges, encourages or inspires you, please take the time to leave a comment on this or the author’s personal post.

Thank you for reading this edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!


  • Dana | Jan 27, 2011 at 2:41 am

    You’re so welcome, Lea Ann! Thanks for the heads up about the page! I will certainly post the next one as well. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Lea Ann.

  • Dana | Jan 27, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Bethany!

  • Lea Ann @Whateverstate | Jan 27, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Thanks for sharing the Carnival on http://www.facebook.com/HomeEducation , too. Please let us know about the next one. ; )

  • Bethany | Jan 27, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Thank you so much for hosting the blog carnival this month!

  • Dana | Jan 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Tricia! Thanks for stopping by! Mary, you made my day! I’m so glad to have blessed you! And thanks SO much for telling me. 😀

  • mary j. hamilton | Jan 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    this site has been a tremendous blessing to me and my homeschool. thanks

  • Dana | Jan 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Penney, I agree – I loved nature study and we did a lot of it when my children were younger, but it is challenging to continue through middle school and beyond when there are so many ‘more serious’ academic things to cover. Thanks for commenting!

  • Dana | Jan 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Thanks, Joy! Yes, that was a real find. I just love primary sources. =)

  • Penney Douglas | Jan 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Hi Dana,

    I’m going to try to comment again! I love the Godey’s Lady’s Book theme. What a treasure you found!

    Thanks for including my post in this carnival. I’m going to make sure I check out the nature study posts for sure. A weak area for me.

  • Joy | Jan 26, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Love the Godey illustrations!

  • jesus Our Lord | Jan 26, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Useful post, Just subscribed to your feed.

  • Tricia | Jan 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Definitely a thrill to find the copies of Godey’s Lady’s Book! What a treasure. Thanks for a beautiful carnival.

  • Dana | Jan 26, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thanks to Jennifer, Mama Squirrel, Jimmie, Marcia and Jenny Anne for visiting and taking the time to comment! Hope you enjoyed the carnival!

  • Jenny Anne | Jan 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Great stuff! Can’t wait to read it all after the littles go to bed! 🙂

  • Mama Squirrel | Jan 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    That’s okay–I’ll resubmit it for next time. I have noticed as well that the “submit” page hasn’t been working perfectly. Maybe I’ll try emailing it instead–seems more reliable.

  • Marcia @ Taking Thyme | Jan 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait to read through all the wonderful posts!

  • Jimmie | Jan 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Very nice images and great posts. Off to read…

  • Dana | Jan 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks for sending in your post, Nancy! You must be a superlative lit teacher. =)

  • Nancy | Jan 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    The carnival looks great. Thanks for hosting and for the lovely theme.

    Ring true,

  • Jennifer in MamaLand | Jan 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Mama Squirrel – if you submitted yesterday, I noticed BlogCarnival wasn’t working at all, so that may be why… :-(((
    (that seems to happen quite often, unfortunately!)

  • Dana | Jan 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Mama Squirrel~ I’m so sorry your post was not included! I checked spam before posting and just now – it is not in there. We did have a problem with the software, though, and had several posts go to Amy instead of me and a few people sent them directly to me because the software rejected their post. We thought we had them all, but I guess we missed one! If you would like to include it, please send it to me directly at dana@epikardia.com and I would be happy to add it. Otherwise I would resubmit it to be included in the next carnival. Again, sorry for your inconvenience. 🙁

  • Laura | Jan 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    This looks great and just in time as we are just starting to implement Charlotte Mason-ish studies in our home. 🙂

  • Dana | Jan 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you for visiting, Jamie! It is always a pleasure to host.

  • See Jamie blog | Jan 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Looks wonderful – love the artwork! Can’t wait to read all the entries. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  • Mama Squirrel | Jan 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Great idea for the carnival in any case–thanks for hosting!

  • Mama Squirrel | Jan 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Looks like our post got missed–maybe in the spam box?

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