I have a post up at Charlotte Mason Living about keeping, one of my very favorite topics. I was aiming at something a bit philosophical, a bit personal, and a bit practical.
Head over to CML to read more. I hope you find it helpful, whether you are a beginner or just need an extra boost in your long-standing notebooking habits.
Second, over on Instagram...
I'm pleased to join some other wonderful Charlotte Mason mamas as a curator/contributor to the new Charlotte Mason In Real Life. We hope it will be an encouraging community showing how Charlotte Mason homeschooling might look in the daily lives of diverse families. We'll have weekly themes where we round up practical-and-inspirational posts on Charlotte Mason methods or principles -- not just by us but by you too! Even if you aren't on Instagram, you can click over to view photos shared by community members and those featured by the CMIRL collaborators.
Since I don't think I mentioned it here: our tiebreaker baby is a boy!
This will bring us to five boys, four girls -- with three boys in a row at the end (so far). I keep thinking what our homeschool will look like five years from now, with three little boys in elementary school! I imagine a bit different than it does now. :) Other good news: baby is measuring right on track despite my feeling gigantic. I keep telling myself that this is my ninth baby, so my looking nine months pregnant at only six isn't a huge surprise. And that, like last time, I hit my biggest point a bit earlier than normal and then just kind of hang out with that belly until the end. (Right? I hope so.)
He is moving quite a lot these days -- all the siblings have had a chance to feel his kicks from the outside. Drew camps out at my side with his hand resting on my tummy, waiting for kicks!
Around the web...
The official conference recap is up at Charlotte Mason West. I'll be posting my own recap here soon, but if you'd like the scoop on speakers and schedules, head over to read more!
Karen Glass has two fantastic posts lately that illuminate how principles and practices work together in a Charlotte Mason education: The Spirit and the Letter and The Quote and the Context. Not to be missed!
I really appreciated Nancy Kelly's description of using Ekphrastic poetry with older students. I actually think this could work quite well for my Form II kids with some small tweaks, and we just happen to be studying Winslow Homer this term.
Happy First Day of Spring! After the wettest winter I can remember, spring has sprung in our area. We are enjoying it immensely. We have done a couple beach trips in the past couple weeks to take advantage of the sun. It will be raining again here this week, but after a long stretch of lovely days, I can't complain.
|close up of all that yellow on the hills: western wallflower|
I've got a couple posts all ready to go this week: What We're Reading for March and the conference recap. I'm excited to share them with you -- starting tomorrow!