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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting

On Thursday night, we had our second local support group meeting.  There were four of us attending.  Nine people are interested, which is a nice number for our small town.  … Continue reading

April 24, 2010 · 15 Comments


I am sure others can do a better job expounding on the many qualities of children’s literature.  All I know is that I am passionate about children’s books now.  I spend … Continue reading

March 22, 2010 · 3 Comments

CSI Picture Study

While I am wishing for sunny days and good health so we can spend more time outdoors, I realize the quiet, rainy days are inspiring us in unexpected ways.  On a grey, rainy day … Continue reading

March 13, 2010 · 5 Comments

History: Not what I thought…

I thought History was boring!  When I went to public school, the coach read from the textbook, gave us the answers to the quiz on Thursday, and then we all passed the … Continue reading

March 8, 2010 · 5 Comments

Games are Brilliant

Charlotte Mason knew how much young children love games and that they are a great educational tool. Before I realized this, I made teaching academics too complicated. My son shut … Continue reading

February 23, 2010 · 2 Comments

Imperfectly Perfect

When I read Charlotte Mason, I love her ideas.  Charlotte’s words are peppered with “should” and “perfect.”  I’m not good at perfect. If we compare Charlotte Mason to Martha Stewart then I am more … Continue reading

February 23, 2010 · 7 Comments



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