Today is the first day of our homeschool co-op this year. I’ve taught picture study the last three years (except our first Term in the co-op when I didn’t teach anything) and lower-form Shakespeare last year. I’ll be leading those again along with folksong this year, which is a subject I haven’t taught before. I was a little intimidated at first as our time period is 800 to 1650 AD and I usually associated folksongs with the 18th and 19th centuries. However, a Charlotte Mason has brought an area of ignorance for me to my attention and there are some absolutely beautiful folksongs from this time period! For our first term, we’ll be learning Now, O now, I needs must part and I found a lovely, if not a little strange, video of an ensemble singing it on a train and the English countryside….
Also, a little commonplacing from this week:
This horse-in-a-mill round of geography and French, history and sums, was no more than playing at education; for who remembers the scraps of knowledge he laboured over as a child? and would not the application of a few hours in later life effect more than a year’s drudgery at any one subject in childhood? If education is to secure the step-by-step progress of the individual and the race, it must mean something over and above the daily plodding at small tasks which goes by the name.Charlotte Mason, Home Education (pg 98)
Also, I had a big shipment of products this week so several items have been re-stocked in the shop!
And now the links!
Do These 3 Things Before You Step Foot into that Cute Fall Aisle I think fall is the most tempting time of year for me to go out and buy all.the.decorations because it’s also my favorite season. I appreciate Myquillyn’s advice for creating a homey atmosphere even while being somewhat of a minimalist. Also….”I can be thankful without writing it on a placement,” is priceless.
In a mother’s education, less is more. “If we still think of learning as cramming for an exam, answering multiple choice questions, highlighting, and rereading the same chapter multiple times in order to pass a test, we can relax. Many of us still feel we must take in as much information as possible in order to learn. Charlotte Mason, however, turns away from this idea, telling us that when the goal of education is the formation of character, less (done better) is more.” (And on that note… Brandy Vencel posted her fall mother culture habit trackers for download this week!)
How to Stick to Your Grocery Budget This list has great tips, but I especially found postponing shopping by a day (or more) to be a good way to save money. Out of necessity since COVID started shutting things down in March, we had to go a few times without a weekly shopping trip and I surprised myself in the meals I was able to pull together even when I felt like the fridge was empty!
From the blog…
Charlotte Mason Homeschool Year 1 Plans (Take 2) Last week was B’s turn and this week it was C’s. We’ve been chugging through our school year for three weeks now and everything is going very smoothly for which I am so thankful!
(2017) Fort Laramie Junior Ranger Adventures If you’re ever in Wyoming, this little National Historic Site is one of our favorite stops. We watched the 2017 total eclipse here and it was absolutely amazing.
(2016) Camping at the Great Sand Dunes We started collecting National Park Service Junior Ranger badges for B in 2016 and got around quite a bit that summer. One of the trips we took was 3.5 hours south to the Great Sand Dunes, another National Park I highly recommend if you’re in Colorado!
Have a lovely weekend!