Hello! And welcome to a humble place! Here you’ll find a hodge-podge of topics, mostly related to homeschooling with Charlotte Mason, food, books, and whatever else happens to be taking up my brain space. Because that’s not particularly helpful when you’re looking for a specific topic, I’ve made a handy little guide here to help you get started on the path to the posts that might interest you!
I discovered the Charlotte Mason method of educating in 2014 and really started exploring more and writing about her methods in 2016. I began with a few posts highlighting some quotes from her books with my own little commentary:
When my son reached the age of six in August of 2016, I made my own Kindergarten (or Year “0.5”) for him and posted about our experience. I also wrote a few posts when I did it the second time around with my daughter.
After our Kindergarten year, I started offering the curriculum we used in my shop. You can read a little overview of homeschooling the kindergarten year as a whole here:
And you can find the full, Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Curriculum (along with a free booklist) here!
I also wrote about our first grade year (using AmblesideOnline):
And our second grade year (also using AmblesideOnline):
And our third grade year (again using AmblesideOnline):
You can also take a look at our homeschool room here:
I also wrote a series about our Charlotte Mason homeschool co-op, detailing the why, the what, and the how of its inner workings:
And, because I have a BA in art history and picture study was one of the big draws of Charlotte Mason’s teaching philosophies for me, I wrote a series on the whys and hows of Charlotte Mason picture study:
I also offer Picture Study Aids (many of which are free!) to assist you in doing picture study in your own homeschool:
As well as professionally printed picture study art to use during your picture study time and/or to display in your home (these do not follow the AmblesideOnline art rotation to respect their licensing terms):
I discovered the National Park Service Junior Ranger program when my son was four and being the slightly OCD person that I am, I learned everything I could about it. You can find all of the badges we’ve collected here as well as a few write-ups about our experiences:
And, if you aren’t able to make it to the parks themselves, here’s a whole list of badges you can do at home.
My husband and I were diagnosed with a gluten-sensitivity in 2009 and have been gluten-free ever since. After seeing some improvement in my thyroid after going completely gluten-free, we then switched to being primarily grain-free and my thyroid is now as happy as a clam. We also try to consume only raw or cultured dairy and we usually eat only grass-fed and/or pastured meats. I have a few posts related to food and cooking here:
I’ve also been known to post recipes sometimes, though only very occasionally. Here are the most recent ones:
I used to post weekly meal plans but then switched to monthly meal plans. I plan to update this page with a full year’s worth of monthly meal plans that I update frequently at some point.
Before I immersed myself in the world of homeschooling, I was a mama to just a tiny boy and I wrote quite a few posts on my experience with PTSD after his birth. I was very passionate about natural birth in the time leading up to his birth and very much wanted that experience both for him and myself. When I ended up in a horrifying situation in which we thought we were going to lose him and concluded in a very fast, emergency c-section, I was devastated. I wrote a few posts detailing my feelings before and after I went to counseling about two years after his birth and was guided through EMDR therapy. I credit this with allowing me to move on, get pregnant again, and have a successful VBAC with my daughter. To this day, I have an enormous heart for other women who have experienced birth trauma.
I am an avid reader, though definitely don’t have as much time for it as I’d like. I try to post System Status posts once per quarter with updates about what I’ve been reading, but you can also follow me on Goodreads.