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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: September 2015 :: CMBC

Welcome! For many of you school is newly up-and-running again or is very-soon-to-be!
Cooler weather on the forecast? Oh, yes.
That thrill of pulling new books out and already loved books off the shelf...
New pencils, notebooks, paints...
Lists, lists, and more lists... ah. the glory of it all.

Happy September!


"Give him opportunities of loving and learning, and he will love and learn, for 'tis his nature to.'" vol.2 p71


"The thing best worth living for is to be of use," was well said lately by a thinker who has left us; and the child into whose notion of life that idea is fitted will not grow up to find time heavy on his hands. The life blessed with an enthusiasm will not be dull; but a weight must go into the opposite scale to balance even the noblest enthusiasm. As we have said, open for him some door of natural science, some way of mechanical skill; in a word, give the child an absorbing pursuit and a fascinating hobby, and you need not fear eccentric or unworthy developments. vol.2 p82

If you haven't had a chance yet, don't forget to check out last several month's carnivals!

July 2015 :: August 2015

Next month the CMBC will go visiting! We will be generously hosted by Sonya at! Submit your most inspiring blog posts via e-mail to be considered as one of the special features in the October edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Composer Study: Brahms

The upcoming Composer Study on the AO rotation for fall is Brahms.

Johannes Brahms
"Johannes Brahms" by C. Brasch, Berlin - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

As far as I can remember, I know next to nothing about him, so I am looking forward to reading, listening and learning along with my kids this term. Here's the information I've gathered so far. I'll plan to do composer study much the same way we always have.

In the old days, I used to try to help y'all out by linking to youtube vids and making printables and such, but now there are mama's way quicker than I am. I'm so thankful for AO users over at the forum... they were a HUGE help by doing all the work this time around! See helpful links.

Helpful Links:

See discussion over at the AO forum about Composer Studies... Not a member yet? Sign up here.

One generous AO user put a Brahms youtube playlist together for us! Thank you Islavet!
And another helpful AO user made a pdf with short bios of all this year's composers, from Harriet Brower's book, The World's Great Men of Music: Story-Lives of Master Musicians. Thanks Keac!

If you have an amazon prime account
you can stream the Big Brahms Box for free!
Buy the Brahms album here
(100 tracks for a little more than $2!):

Contribute to the 'Get Books to Deepest Darkest Peru' Fund
Whenever you use the above amazon links to make purchases, you contribute to the fund that enables us to get our books overseas. So, click, click, click away! :)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: August 2015 :: CMBC

Summer is winding down to August, and many of us are gearing up for a new school year.

How are things going for you?

I sincerely hope you've had plenteous opportunities to relish in your favorite people and places.
Seen bumps along the way? I pray that you've found consolation and rest.

What will the rest of this month look like for you? Are you still planning? Have you already started?
We'd be delighted if you'd share what's going on in your homeschool in August.


Be sure to check out last month's CMBC THIRTY-ONE posts!!

Have questions about Charlotte Mason and how to implement her ideas? 
Join us at the AmblesideOnline forum for daily discussion!
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The CMBC hosts a linky that will remain active throughout the month (add more all month long!). The carnival will be announced via e-mailfacebook page, twitter handleg+ page  - (please feel free to share the current carnival link wherever and as often as you'd like!) 

All posts submitted to the CMBC by e-mail before the deadline will be linked first via the linky AND one or two may be chosen as a featured article, selections will be made at the hostess/editor's discretion.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Green Ember is FREE! & Pre-order the newest book!

i pre-listened to the audiobook of The Green Ember by S.D. Wilson
i know my younger set of kids are gonna love it! 
can't wait to share it with them... and for the new book!
i went ahead and pre-ordered it since it's only $4.

FREE TODAY! If your family loves a new adventure with an old soul, 
get The Green Ember, for $0. 
Also, check out S. D. Smith’s new book, The Black Star of Kingston. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: July 2015 :: CMBC

A few days late. No need for excuses, 'cause it's summer!
Which means.. Projects. BIG projects. Travel plans. Lazy play days. BBQs. Family. Get-togethers.

What do you do during summer? Any educational plans for July? I know some people school year-round or are on the other side of the globe where it's winter... How's that going for you? If you haven't checked them out yet, go see the twenty-eight posts of June
Be sure to enjoy July!



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Monday, July 6, 2015

my BIG summer project.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: June 2015 :: CMBC

Hello June!
Many homeschoolers are looking out at that vast expanse of summer wonder ahead - a break from school and maybe even exciting vacation plans! Understandably, homeschool bloggers are very likely to be planning on less school-related blogging as well. Or, at least I hope you might be! :) Perhaps those upcoming relaxed summer days might allow for some of that much coveted time for reflection and planning! When you do blog this summer, will you please consider sharing with us? Even if it’s just a picture peek…

I only received a few of posts ahead of time and am happy to be able to feature all of them in this edition!

Over at Living Books Library, Liz writes a thoughtful post about truth in fiction titled, Charlotte Mason On the Reading of Novels (check out more neat thoughts in the comments as well!).  She starts out...
"Emily and I bristle when, on a fairly frequent basis, a child in our library informs us that "fiction is fake," or "I want to read a true book," though we know that these ideas are not their own, but have been adopted from adults in their lives."

Nancy shares a few thoughts on prayer and the very refreshing time she shared at a CM gathering in Arkansas. It looks like they had an absolutely LOVELY time!

You’ll be able to empathize with My Peace and her effort to put nature study principles into action...
"I determine to open my eyes, open my ears…even amidst the chaos and complaints (and the dog finding something stinky to roll in). And you know what? It was beautiful. It was soul-reviving! “


Thank you for joining us in May at the CM Blog Carnival! Please continue to share throughout the month. *See the note below for how you might be able to help the CMBC!


More opportunities to hang out together throughout the month:
(Feel free to link your blog post to more than one link up where applicable!)

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival linky!! - ALL Charlotte Mason educational posts are welcome!!
Keeping Company - Notebooking
Learning by Hand - Handicrafts
Wednesdays with Words - Share quotes from your reading
Nature Study Mondays :: LINKup - share Nature Study posts

Do you host a CM related blog link up? 
Please e-mail information to:
charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com


Share more posts throughout the month here:


Help the CMBC: 
Encourage-A-Blogger: If you come across a helpful article or blog post inspiring to Charlotte Mason educators, please encourage the author to share it with us! We welcome the help! I haven't had much time lately for popping around and browsing blogs to encourage participation like I used to!

Link Yourself: Please feel free to link up your own posts throughout the entire month with the linky below. When a topic is posted, you are welcome to link to older posts on that topic. Also, if you would like your recent blog posts to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit them by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month (mail to: charlottemasonblogs(at)gmail(dot)com).

Love notes: If you read a blog post that is particularly inspiring, please let the blogger know! It is encouraging to interact over what we're thinking and doing and most bloggers would LOVE it if you left them some bloggy love in the comments. :)


The CMBC hosts a linky that will remain active throughout the month (add more all month long!). The carnival will be announced via e-mailfacebook page, twitter handleg+ page  - (please feel free to share the current carnival link wherever as often as you'd like!) 

All posts submitted to the CMBC by e-mail before the deadline will be linked via the linky AND one or two will be chosen to be featured every edition, selections will be made at the hostess/editor's discretion.
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