Wonder in the Woods

Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest

New Schedule

This is our first day learning in our new classroom and it was a success.  The boys did their Teaching Textbooks on their own first, then we moved the table … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

How We Do CM Part 4

Continuing the series by explaining how we do composer study, Shakespeare, handicrafts, drama, and the schedule that works for us. How We Do CM Part 1 — Poetry, Art, Picture … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

How We Do CM Part 3

Continuing the series by explaining how we do history, geography, map work, narration and copywork. How We Do CM Part 1 — Poetry, Art, Picture Study How We Do CM … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

How We Do CM Part 2

Continuing the post from yesterday — How We Do CM Part 1 RSO Life Science and Nature Study:  We wanted to do nature study Charlotte Mason style, like “Handbook of … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

How We Do CM Part 1

After a rocky start, we successfully completed our first term this year!  This year started with me recovering from homeschool burnout and almost throwing in the towel.  My friend Liz … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Roses, Books & Things

Every Tuesday this month, a lovely group of ladies are coming to our house to watch and discuss the Books and Things DVD.  I’m surprised by how much I need … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Charlotte Mason Seminar

On Saturday we enjoyed nearly a full day of a Charlotte Mason seminar and a tea party. The weather was beautiful! The conversation was great.  Everyone shared with each other … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Summer Term 2013

Planning four terms for the 2013-2014 school year — Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Each term is 5 weeks with 3 field trips, for a total of 8 weeks.  This is … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tea Party

I’m hosting a tea party this month for my Charlotte Mason friends.  It is an all day affair and we will also watch the All Day Seminar from Simply Charlotte … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Homeschooling

Kelly said to me, “How would you feel if someone required you to knit for so many minutes every day, or gave you a deadline to finish your project?”  I … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

Learn by Doing

I had plans to school all summer.  We took some time off in June, then had not quite gotten back into the groove of intentional learning with our workbooks as … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dangerous Play is Essential

From this article, “Free Play is Essential for Normal Emotional Development:” In play, children practice many skills that are crucial for healthy development.  They practice physical and manual skills, intellectual … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Living Book Definition

This post by Christine at The Thinking Mother is the most complete description of a living book that I can find.  Here is a short quote, please click to read the whole … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Stories for Screen Time

Kelly and I had a good talk about reading progress.  Kelly reads with the boys and he has observed me with them — encouraging and nudging them to read a little more.  … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

It has to Matter

(c) Knowledge should be communicated in well-chosen language because his attention responds naturally to what is conveyed in literary form. –Charlotte Mason I’m astounded at how much the boys remember from something … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · 5 Comments

Using Technology

I love reading unschooling blogs because they remind me to respect my child’s interests.  I do try, as we all do I’m sure, but sometimes I don’t.  Yesterday I read … Continue reading

May 30, 2011 · 6 Comments

Charlotte Mason ~ 20 Principles

See also Charlotte Mason’s “Educational Manifesto,” from chapter 19 of Volume 3 — Original wording and AO paraphrasing is here. 1. Children are born persons – they deserve respect and … Continue reading

May 21, 2011 · 12 Comments

Handcrafts and Trades

I remember several things that appealed to me about Charlotte Mason and one of them is teaching children practical handcrafts instead of cutting and pasting paper and calling it “arts and crafts.” … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · 5 Comments

Using Short Stories

For Hunter’s Year 2, we will study continue our studies on American History, Ancient Civilizations, and add in Greek and Roman History.  I need to pare down the list of … Continue reading

May 13, 2011 · 2 Comments

Our Original Book List

As we move forward with our Charlotte Mason education, I thought it would be helpful to review my original book selections and see how many of them we read in … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · 7 Comments

ABC Memory Game

Chandler really loves this ABC Memory game by Dr. Seuss and asks to play it every day, several times a day.  It got me thinking that if a child loves a card … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · 6 Comments

Socialization *groan*

This question again.  Homeschoolers get this question often.  We have patiently answered it in person and we have answered it in blog posts.  We even have a study or two thrown in for good measure.  I’m … Continue reading

March 27, 2011 · 4 Comments

Teaching vs. Discovery

I love this article!  This describes what I am trying to do with our children. It’s so hard to explain to someone how they mostly teach themselves — it doesn’t … Continue reading

March 20, 2011 · 8 Comments

Life as a Monarch Butterfly

Today is the one year anniversary since I started writing and linking in earnest.  Now I am thinking about blogging privately.  I feel like my words do not paint an accurate picture.  … Continue reading

February 15, 2011 · 8 Comments

Homeschooling — Mix and Stir

I’m sure this helps me more than anyone else but here goes: Charlotte Mason — We started with Five in a Row and then I read more about Charlotte Mason.  I … Continue reading

February 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Reggio — Mix and Stir

There is a short discussion about Reggio on the Wonder in the Woods Facebook page.  Thank you to Gina and Sherry for the helpful comments.  I want to write about Reggio approach … Continue reading

February 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Project Resources

I decided I like a hand-written journal instead of a blog for notes.  My handwriting isn’t the best when I’m in a hurry, but quick notes are all I need for now.  Pictures … Continue reading

February 4, 2011 · 2 Comments

Project-based Learning

There is more information on the internet about “project-based learning” than Reggio Emilia.  I love what I read on Camp Creek Blog.  Right away, I can see some variations for our homeschool. We … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · 15 Comments

Reggio-Inspired Approach

We are considering a Reggio-Inspired Approach, which is basically an expansion of our Charlotte Mason education for children under age 6 or 7.  Our children will continue to explore their world and I will help them research … Continue reading

January 30, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Happy Mom

Lately I am reflecting on how far we’ve come as a family and how much I’ve changed as a mother.  Maybe some people are born knowing how to be a good … Continue reading

December 26, 2010 · 14 Comments

Favorite Aspects of CM

I read this post by Fisher Academy and half way through I knew I wanted to link it, because it’s a fantastic post.  Then she posed the question to other … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · 4 Comments

Creativity Quotient

According to this article there is a serious creativity crisis.  Children are not learning to be as creative as a generation ago.  Time and again I read about all that our youth … Continue reading

November 11, 2010 · 6 Comments

An Unrushed Childhood

  “It is so easy to be intimidated into thinking that your homeschool should mimic those of seasoned veterans. They seem to have a handle on things. Their kids are … Continue reading

October 10, 2010 · 12 Comments

This is who we are:

We are nature lovers.  We are not all natural, we simply love nature.  I am a book lover.  Kelly loves many types of handcrafts. We love our children, care for them, comfort them … Continue reading

October 7, 2010 · 16 Comments

Fun with Forms

We are enjoying drawing forms and the creativity of Waldorf.  The boys are using their imaginations more lately.  Thank you Daddy for putting  a lock on the TV cabinet where only … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · 8 Comments

A Waldorf Season

I am processing everything I’m learning about Waldorf and how this fits or doesn’t fit with Charlotte Mason.  Most importantly, how does it fit with our sons?  I mean, this is what … Continue reading

September 28, 2010 · 11 Comments

The Wise Sophia

On Monday we had our first WONDERFUL day of Waldorf, which happened to be after our first festival last Saturday. We have this curriculum for First Grade.  It is reasonably priced and I like the … Continue reading

September 23, 2010 · 12 Comments

Michaelmas Feast

Something I love about Waldorf is the festivals.  Frequent celebrations are something that is missing from our lives.  Charlotte Mason appreciated beauty, truth and goodness in the forms of fine art and … Continue reading

September 21, 2010 · 17 Comments

Transitions and New Ideas

Perhaps school will go smoother if we prepare our son with good transitions.  We have always had a flexible routine and it worked well, so I thought this would work for formal school work too.  … Continue reading

September 18, 2010 · 14 Comments

The Daily 5 — Part 2

I finished The Daily 5 book yesterday.  Their “Read to Someone and Listen to Reading” chapter contained tips on partnering up with another young person to read.  The sisters suggest that the more … Continue reading

August 31, 2010 · 8 Comments

The Daily 5

I’m reading “The Daily 5” by “The 2 Sisters” Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.   This review by Angela at “The Cornerstone for Teachers” is informative and helpful.  I do believe The Daily 5 will work for homeschooling, especially if children have not reached … Continue reading

August 29, 2010 · 12 Comments

Visual Spatial Resources

Bright Kids at Home — an overview with a few helpful links. Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page — Many articles about visual spatial learners. Gifted Development Center — Assessment, articles and links for gifted children, … Continue reading

August 20, 2010 · 7 Comments

Masterly Inactivity

The only way I can think of the describe Masterly Inactivity is with another food metaphor.  It is NOT structured: A highly planned and structured homeschool is similar to a well … Continue reading

August 6, 2010 · 3 Comments

Tailoring an Education or Two

I see now that trying to entice my eldest child to learn by focusing on his younger brother is not such a good idea.  Hunter must be thinking, “Hey!  Mom is supposed to be trying … Continue reading

July 28, 2010 · 11 Comments


I am neglecting this blog or taking a break depending on how you look at it — tidal blogging.  We got back from Echoes in Time last Saturday.  We had … Continue reading

July 27, 2010 · 29 Comments

Crop Rotation and Growing Kids

I see the need for a natural approach in the way we educate and enrich our children.  I found these posts by my friend Silvia thought provoking.  One about Deschooling Society and another with quotes that … Continue reading

June 17, 2010 · 11 Comments

Treehouse and Free Play

Kelly worked really hard for three full days and now the treehouse is done and ready for kids.  Play is what we do.  We have no outside classes or activities, except the … Continue reading

June 17, 2010 · 12 Comments

The Borrowers

The weather is overcast and chilly and Hunter is feeling under the weather, so this gives me time to think about what else I’d like to add to our home … Continue reading

June 11, 2010 · 11 Comments

Little by Little

I have a tendency to get ahead of myself and my children when I read about the great workshops at the WHO Convention and this article about Classical Education and … Continue reading

June 9, 2010 · 7 Comments



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