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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: Education is an Atmosphere, vol.1

Welcome to the March 8, 2011 edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog carnival!

In this edition, we'll be thinking about and taking a good look at the air we breathe in our homes.
(I know, I know, you can't actually see air. It's just that, well, you'll see...)
Here, this quote says it a lot better than I can:
“'Education is an atmosphere'” what the mind breathes. The air that we breathe is the medium that surrounds us; the atmosphere our spirits breathe is the medium that surrounds them; in short, it is our environment.”
A.T. Schofield, Esq., M.D. (Chairman, Executive Parents' National Educational Union)
So in that way, an educational atmosphere is a lot like air isn't it? It surrounds us, it's mostly intangible and yet it effects our children both inside and out. 

We've had perhaps a record number of submissions this time, so let's go ahead and get right to them.  Do you have your cuppa something ready?  If you're anything like me, it may actually take a couple days to get all the way through, but you know, I rather like it that way, don't you?  :)

(Just a wee note: because of the sheer volume of submissions, I've opted to simply list them more or less in the order they came in, I didn't even have a chance this time to read all the posts ahead, so I'll be enjoying them all right alongside the rest of ye!  Don't forget to leave comments on the various posts, if you have a second!!)

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Nancy presents Plants of Renown (on the reading) and Consider posted at Sage Parnassus
saying, "I think this fits, as Mason's students were preoccupied with the furniture, and that isn't necessarily what makes for good atmosphere!

Nadene presents A Beautiful Home Atmosphere, "Reflecting on what makes a Beautiful Home Atmosphere ..."

Jennifer presents A Little February Check-up and Freshening in the Learning Spaces posted at Wildflowers and Marbles.

Richele presents Under the Golden Apple Tree: Sometimes....

Barb presents It's An Atmosphere - Charlotte Mason Ideas in Our Homeschool

Lanaya presents On Staying at Home.

MamaChi presents Life is not a series of tasks to be accomplished, "A reminder about enjoying life and not letting "doing" become more important than "be-ing""

Shirley Ann presents Education is an Atmosphere - Revisited

Melissa presents Every look of disappointment and tone of disapproval

Blossom presents Learning in any Atmosphere

Sonya presents Do Not Sit Up Late: Three Practical Do Not’s, Part 1

-- I don't know about the rest of you, but how tired I am seriously affects my atmosphere!!  :S --

Kay presents Father and Son | Pelham House saying, "This post illustrates the atmosphere in which our son is educated. A few CM phrases that apply: "It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child's level" "no artificial element" "The bracing atmosphere of truth and sincerity" "the glow of intellectual life and moral health on the faces" (pumptitude, as I put it :) An atmosphere of respect and that we value him as a whole person."

Michelle presents Our Educational Atmosphere.

Laura presents An Education within Our Atmosphere.

Jodi-Marie presents My Art Full Life: Philosophy of Education Ch. 6 Pt. 1 Education is an Atmosphere saying, "This is my own "narration" of Vol. 6 that I have been working on this year."

Rachael presents Working on an Atmosphere.

Tricia presents Automobiles and Airplanes: An Atmosphere of Learning saying, "Learning provided for us more than I've ever put together on my own as a teacher!"

Laura presents Christian Education is an Atmosphere.

Gina presents Lets Work on the Atmosphere (Education is an Atmosphere).

Erin presents Education is An Atmosphere.

Amber presents What's In Our Atmosphere?.

Dawn presents Creating Home Atmosphere....

Yours Truly :) presents Education is an Atmosphere {part one} and {part two}.

Miscellaneous interesting topics:

Naomi presents Early Blooms and Flower Clocks posted at Living Charlotte Mason in California, saying, "It's really more nature study, but what better atmosphere than the one God created for us!!"

Shirley Ann presents Walking Back Through Time... saying, "After our last living history fieldtrip, we were blessed to be able to visit some more living sites that we have read about in our Island Story! One was quite enlightening!"

Barb presents Nature Loving in February-It's For the Birds saying, "Off topic but I hope readers will enjoy my finds from the Nature Study Review. :)

Blossom presents AO and My Favorite Books (so far) saying, "This is a post on a few of our favorite books that we use with Charlotte Mason education (AO)."

Jamie presents How Effective Are Living Books?

Jennifer in MamaLand presents Ambleside Composer Fun: Free Chopin Printable Mini-Book.

Robin Phillips presents Home School and Pets: How to Use Your Animals in Your Curriculum, Part 1.

Melissa presents Bible Plus Three saying, "When moms allow themselves a respite for refreshment by exploring their own interests and passions...finding a bit of time for herself, she is positively contributing to the atmosphere of her home!".

Amanda presents Harmony Fine Arts Review.

I'm pretty sure the following is a spam post?  But it's actually pretty interesting.  :)

Kevin presents The History of Libraries Through the Ages.

This concludes this edition of the Charlotte Mason blog carnival!  A huge thanks to everyone who submitted a post, and to all of you who read and leave comments... it's the community that's makes it so fun!

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-- click here to see the list of upcoming topics --

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The next carnival will be on March 22nd at Simply Charlotte Mason
(Submit your blog article here using our carnival submission form.)

Our topic is: Education is a Discipline 
Suggested Reading (optional): 

PS. If you submitted a post and it's missing or you were a smidge late (after 5pm Monday) please link to it in the comments... the blog carnival program seems to be malfunctioning and I'm not positive I've got them all. My sincere apologies!


Unknown said...

oops .. looks like i didn't submit mine in time for this one .. ah well .. how soon prior to "publication" should we submit our links?

This looks like a great list .. I can't wait to read them! :)

amy in peru said...

the deadline for each carnival is 5pm Monday, but please if ever you have a post 'on-topic' always feel free to come back and leave a link in the comments at any time... if it's on a 'miscellaneous topic', don't worry, submit it as normal and it will be published with the next carnival :)

I popped over and looked at your post here:
Education is Atmosphere

thanks for joining us!! :)

Anonymous said...

Amy, In a recent email update about the CM Carnival you mentioned thinking about this Atmosphere topic related to your family's missy life. Have you posted on that?

I just skimmed through the list and your own recent posts and didn't see any. It is late on my side of the world and I'm heading to bed, so I could have missed it.

We are a m-family in Nepal and I was curious to hear what another CM-hsing, missy Mama had to say...


amy in peru said...

Boy... I've been thinking over A LOT (couldn't help it), but I have not posted as yet. I will though because living overseas and moving lots does have its effects. It certainly isn't a run of the mill life is it? ;)

thanks for the reminder!

Nancy Kelly said...

This looks great! I am looking forward to some quiet moments later today to peruse this bountiful offering on atmosphere. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making this carnival fresh and engaging.
Ring true,

Trisha said...

Thanks, Amy, for putting these together. I'm looking forward to reading the posts. :)

Melissa said...

Wow weee! Sooooooo many great posts! Can't wait to get to them all!

Great job, Friend! Posting this on our facebook page :o)

Laura Lee said...

Looks like enough reading to keep me satisfied until the next carny! Maybe... ;D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this together Amy. What a wonderful treat, so many great posts.
Shirley Ann

Amanda said...

I'm sooo enjoying the CM blog carnival!

Barb said...

Thanks for hosting the carnival for this special edition! I am enjoying the posts and I hope to come back later today and finish reading.

Bethany said...

Thanks so much Amy. I love digging in to these!

Unknown said...

Thank you for including mine. I didn't even know there was a cut-off time :( so sorry. Thanks for hosting this.. I'm learning SOOOO much :) Thank you to all CM moms :)

Anonymous said...

Ummmm...when you see those curtains in the top picture...doesn't "These are a few of my favorite things...." pop into your head?!

Thanks, all you ladies, for all the posts! I love getting my personalized-to-my-hsing-thoughts "e-magazine" in my inbox every two weeks!

Penney Douglas said...

Oh wow! I was going to submit mine today, but it looks like there are plenty. I wrote about how to create an atmosphere for learning in your home at if anyone has time to read it!
I can't wait to dig into some of these!
It looks like the CM Carnival is alive and well!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much, Amy! :D

Erin said...

thank you so much for putting this altogether. I've finally read my way through all the Carnival:) Wonderful!

I really like the way we had a theme, made for far easier reading, with a few 'bon bons' thrown into the chocolate box.

Oh and I appreciate the links you have given for the next Carnival's theme.

Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

Thanks for hosting!

Dana Wilson said...

Wow! What a feast! Thanks for hosting the carnival this time, Amy. I am looking forward to later tonight when I hope to get my cuppa something and sit down and read!

I hope you and your family are doing well!

Pretty Pauline said...

OH.WOW. It's a true and overflowing treasure-trove of a carnival! LOVE IT! And can't wait to share it with our local, CM group. :)

Laurie said...

I am stopping by from a recommedation on North Laurel Home & School.

I have been looking at AO the last few days and look forward to learning more on your blog.

I am also looking forward to spending some time browsing the links on this post.

Sara said...

I found you via SCM and have really enjoyed your blog and this carnival post. We're just starting on the homeschooling road so all the inspiration and advice I can glean is appreciated.
I absolutely LOVE you school room picture.

North Laurel said...

Looks great! I'm making my way through... It'll take me until next issue ;) There are some great posts on the theme as well as the miscellaneous.
Looking forward to the next one.

Marvan said...

Hello, I'm late on this carnival, but a friend of mine told me that you also read spanish, so maybe you would like to read my little contribution to "education is an atmosphere" and our spanish vision of it.
Thanks by the way for this great carnival

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