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Vanessa Hoosier
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Nature Journaling with Littles
Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life. -- Charlotte Mason Nature study is a completely natural thing for a child to do. Children are naturally curious and want to explore and le...

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Outdoor Toys that We Love
Before we had kids I spent a lot of time outside - reading, perennial gardening, growing produce, taking walks, etc. Being outside is a favorite activity of mine - and I'm happy to say that our girls love to be outside, too!  We have been collecting outdoor...

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Raising Butterflies
One of the items on Charlotte Mason's "Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six" is to "keep a caterpillar and tell the life-story of a butterfly from his own observations". Meghan has been very interested in bugs and butterflies in the last year, ...

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Nature Study Tools for Littles
Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life. -- Charlotte Mason Nature study is a completely natural thing for a child to do. Children are naturally curious and want to explore and le...

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On Open Ended Play - and - My Favorite Toy Companies
We are big about open-ended play around here! Given my past as an educator as well as research I have done on my own, I have strong opinions about toys and what is best for children. I am particular about what toys come into our home. As a result, I have fo...

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Education is an Atmosphere - April 2017
Our aim in Education is to give a Full Life ....Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking -- the strain would be too great -- but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wher...

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Our Three Year Old Preschool Plan
We would be considered a Charlotte Mason homeschool. I knew very strongly what I believed about how children learned and what childhood should be like based on my experiences as a teacher and many years as an older sister and babysitter. As I looked at diff...

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Garden Visitors
I love noticing new plants or (especially) critters in our gardens and determining what they are. This week I noticed over 21 of these little caterpillars in one of our planters in the front of the house and just HAD to find out what they were and get some ...
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