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February 24, 2020  

Setting the Spark: Creating a Nature Curriculum in a Charlotte Mason Education

Mom of three and Charlotte Mason educating Mama Kim Mason sat down with us this week to talk about one of the tenants of a CM education- nature study. Kim shares how nature study differs from simply playing outdoors, as well as how to implement and even create your own nature study curriculum in your homeschool!

Resources:

The Handbook of Nature Study

Exploring Nature with Children

Backyard Bird Song Guide

Merlin Bird App

Star Walk App

A Nature Study Guide

Biology for Every Kid

Nature Anatomy

Play the Forest School Way

Field Trips 

Nature Crafts

A Delectable Education episode with John Muir Laws

Sabbath Mood Homeschool

Ambleside Online

February 10, 2020  

Setting the Spark: The Importance of Music in Home Education

We were delighted to talk with Mary Prather of Squilt Music and Homegrown Learners! Mary is a homeschooling mom herself who has made adding music to your homeschool enjoyable, fun, and easy!

February 3, 2020  

Setting The Spark: Leaving Traditional Education for Homeschool

You may remember Christa Thomas from our Importance of the Outdoors episode (if you haven’t listened to it check it out now!). What you may not know is Christa used to teach in both public and private schools. Her sons also attended private and public school for a time. In this episode, Christa shares what it was like for her as a teacher to transition to homeschooling, as well as the (wonderful) difference she’s seen in her sons since bringing them home.

Article Mentioned:

Kindergarten Teachers Speak out for Children’s Happiness

January 21, 2020  

Setting the Spark: Winter Homeschool and Handicraft Inspiration

Waldorf Inspired mama Jen Grant is back sharing all of the cozy and wonderful things her family enjoys about winter. Jen gives some great examples of indoor activities for families as well as winter inspired handicrafts to enrich your homeschool day. 

Resources Mentioned:

Rat a Tat Cat

Uno

Clue Guess Who

Catan Jr.

Hedbandz Jr.

Lavenders Blue Homeschool

The Artful Year

Earthways

The Brambly Hedge Series- Winter Story

Sun Bread

Owl Moon

Crab Moon

Snack Snooze Skedaddle

December 27, 2019  

Setting the Spark: The Importance of Traditions

In today’s episode we talk with mom of 5 Naomi about how she uses traditions from her childhood with her children today. We also discuss what it’s like working with Spanish speaking homeschoolers and some Spanish resources!

 

Resources from this episode:

La Edad De Oro by Jose Marti

Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish

Arco Iris de Poesia

De Colores and other Latin American folk songs for children

 

December 17, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Heroes and Where to Find Them Pt. 2

In Part 2 of our Hero series, we talk with Maria Nelson about the importance of heroes in the lives of children. From stories of fictional heroes or biographies of great men and women in history, we dive into the (sometimes murky) water of  learning from those who have gone before us. We also discuss character building books and stories as a part of a living education. 

Resources:

Wing Feather Saga

Green Ember Series

Little Britches Series

Understood Betsy

Anne of Green Gables

Chronicles of Narnia

Children's Book of Heroes

Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

Landmark Biographies

Wind in the Willows

Henry Huggins Series

Your Morning Basket: The Truth About Myth (podcast)

Your Morning Basket: Why Fairy Tales are not Optional (podcast)

December 10, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Heroes and Where to Find Them Pt. 1

In Part 1 of our Hero series, we talk with Maria Nelson about the importance of heroes in the lives of children. From stories of fictional heroes or biographies of great men and women in history, we dive into the (sometimes murky) water of  learning from those who have gone before us. We also discuss character building books and stories as a part of a living education. 

Resources:

Wing Feather Saga

Green Ember Series

Little Britches Series

Understood Betsy

Anne of Green Gables

Chronicles of Narnia

Children's Book of Heroes

Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

Landmark Biographies

Wind in the Willows

Henry Huggins Series

Your Morning Basket: The Truth About Myth (podcast)

Your Morning Basket: Why Fairy Tales are not Optional (podcast)

November 25, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Homeschooling and Marriage

We love homeschooling and marriage so we were so excited when Paula Cutrona came up with the idea to do an episode on how one affects the other. In this episode we discuss so many important topics like practical ways we can use time management to ensure we have energy to put into marriage after a day full of homeschooling, how we communicate to our children the importance of their parents' marriage, our spouses favorite thing about homeschooling, ways that homeschooling can put strain on a marriage and more! 

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November 18, 2019  

Setting the Spark: A Week in the Life of an Unschooler

While every unschooling family’s schedule will look differently, Audrey walks us through what a typical rhythm and schedule looks like for her family. Audrey also shares her views on subjects such as math and spelling, and how she approaches child led learning in their home.

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November 12, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Expectations vs. Reality

It's so normal to have expectations about things- especially of how your homeschool day is going to look. We get so excited and have so much fun planning that it can often be discouraging when our reality doesn't meet with those visions. In this episode, your co-hosts discuss how their expectations have been met or challenged during the beginning of their homeschool journey.

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