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October 14, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Inspiration for Prospective and Non-Homeschooling Families

Are you a parent who is interested in homeschooling but not ready to fully commit? Do you know someone who feels like traditional schooling is better for their child but still wants to implement certain homeschool principles or philosophies? In this episode, we talk with curricula researcher and philosophy lover Lauren Litton about the inspiration she has taken from homeschooling resources and applied them to her (currently non-homeschooling) family life.

 

Resources:

-The Alveary 
 
-A Gentle Feast (Family-style CM history)
 
-Ambleside Online 
 
-Simply Charlotte Mason
 
-A Mind in the Light (Blend of classical and CM elements)
 
-Mater Amabilis (Catholic)
 
-A Modern Charlotte Mason
 
-Ani ve Ami (Jewish) 
 
 
-Wildwood (Secular)
 
 
General CM resources:
 
-CM's own volumes (available in print from Living Books Press, Simply Charlotte Mason, etc.). Available for free online here: http://amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html

-CM Unboxed course from Modern Miss Mason:

https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Yfe/splash

-CM 101: A Proper Introduction course from Charlotte Mason Soiree

https://app.schoology.com/assignment/1320295131/info

Planning Your CM Homeschool manual from Simply Charlotte Mason 

https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/planning-your-charlotte-mason-education/

-A Delectable Education consultation

https://www.adelectableeducation.com/consulting/

-Commonplace Quarterly magazine

https://commonplacequarterly.com/

- Information on starting a CM Community

http://www.charlottemasonincommunity.com/start-a-community.html

 -Charlotte Mason’s volumes, especially Home Education and A Philosophy of Education 

-Habits book by Deborah Taylor-Hough (available on Amazon), see also “The Outdoor Lives of Children” and “Ideas and Books” by her (These are very short books that summarize one mother’s thoughts and some key quotes from CM)

-The Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin

-Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

-A Delectable Education podcast episode on Charlotte Mason principles for traditional school families

http://www.adelectableeducation.com/2018/04/episode-122-cm-non-homeschoolers/

 

Lauren's favorite books for parents whose kids are pre-school age:

Charlotte Mason’s Home Education book (covers ages 0-6)

The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson

Jodi Mockabee’s “Whole Families” magazine (out of print, however she said she's working on a new version that will be cheaper and available directly from her so stayed tuned!)

 

General vision in parenting:

-The Mother by Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty (Catholic perspective).

-The Lifegiving Parent by Sally & Clay Clarkson (Protestant Christian perspective)

-Different by Sally Clarkson (Protestant Christian perspective)

-Wild + Free bundles & podcast (secular perspective)

https://members.bewildandfree.org/

 

Home Library & Booklist inspiration:

 

-Reshelving Alexandria booklists

https://reshelvingalexandria.com/

 

-Read Aloud Revival booklists

https://readaloudrevival.com/

 

 

 
 
 
 
October 7, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Homeschooling with Lots of Littles

There are lots of parents out there who want to homeschool but feel intimidated by having so many young children at home. Kara Hill is the mom of 3 with one on the way. She's here to share some tips and insight into how she does schools and runs her home with (soon to be) 4 children under 5.

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Resources mentioned:

The Miracle Morning

Smitten Kitchen

Minimalist Baker

This is my Home, This is my School

October 1, 2019  

Setting the Spark: For the Love of Living Books Pt.2

Oh how we love good books around here! Maria Nelson, Charlotte Mason mom of 4, is back this week giving us the low down on some of the best in quality literature for all ages! We had such a great time recording and so much good info we decided to break it into 2 parts! If you haven't had a chance to listen to last weeks episode (part 1) make sure to check it out, too!

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September 23, 2019  

Setting the Spark: For the Love of Living Books pt.1

Oh how we love good books around here! Maria Nelson, Charlotte Mason mom of 4, is back this week giving us the low down on some of the best in quality literature for all ages! We had such a great time recording and so much good info we decided to break it into 2 parts! Make sure to head back next week for part 2!

Like what you're hearing? Give us a review! It helps others in the community to find us. Also make sure to check us out on instagram at @setting.the.spark.podcast and online at www.settingthespark.com.

September 17, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Charlotte Mason and Parenting

As many homeschool parents will attest, homeschooling and parenting go hand in hand and "educator" and "parent" are not two separate roles but often one in the same at any given moment. In this episode we talk with Alisa Wright, Charlotte Mason inspired mom of 3 discusses how Charlotte Mason's philosophies have also influenced her parenting.

Enjoying the podcast? We would love it if you'd leave us a review! It helps others find the podcast and share in the encouragement and community. We'd also love if you followed us on Instagram @setting.the.spark.podcast. We have lots of encouraging posts as well as other great info! Thanks for listening!

September 9, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Wisdom from the Researcher Mom

There are so many wonderful options available to homeschool parents. Sometimes the sheer amount of good and worthwhile opportunities can feel overwhelming. Have no fear! In today's episode, mom of 2 Paula Cutrona, our resident "Researcher Mom" shares some of her tricks for researching the latest curricula, trends, philosophies, etc. as well as how she's able to determine what works and doesn't work for her family. Lots of great info in this one!

Enjoying the podcast? We would love it if you'd leave us a review! It helps others find the podcast and share in the encouragement and community. We'd also love if you followed us on Instagram @setting.the.spark.podcast. We have lots of encouraging posts as well as other great info! Thanks for listening!

Resources mentioned:

Brave Writer

Keep Calm and Homeschool On

Wild and Free

Toto version of Africa

Dax Shepard version of Africa

Simply Charlotte Mason

A Waldorf Journey

Exploring Nature with Children

Master Books

Gather Round

The Good and the Beautiful

Life of Fred

Wikki Sticks

 

September 3, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Intentionally Slow Learning

We are so excited to be back for Season Two! In this first episode we are talking with Audrey Albright about the importance of slowing down her school days and routine. In choosing to intentionally slow down their schedule, we learn the practical ways this has had an impact on her family.  As an unschooler, Audrey also discusses unschool co-ops and democratic schools as a way to engage with other unschoolers.

 

Enjoying the podcast? We would love it if you'd leave us a review! It helps others find the podcast and share in the encouragement and community. We'd also love if you followed us on Instagram @setting.the.spark.podcast. We have lots of encouraging posts as well as other great info! Thanks for listening!

June 24, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Season Finale Motherhood, Faith, and Classical Education

In Season One's season finale, Lorien talks with Ashley Guthas, a classical homeschooling mom about her faith, motherhood, marriage and all things homeschool. We hope you enjoy the episode and tune back in in the Fall of 2019 for Season Two!

June 5, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Homeschool Conference Inspiration

Have you ever felt like you had homeschool encouragement to share with other moms? Our guests this week, Maria and Naomi are two homeschool alumna as well as current homeschooling moms who have a passion to pass on this love of learning at home with the next generation of moms. Hear the details and how to's of conference planning as well as a glimpse into their heart behind homeschooling and minority populations and homeschool statistics.

 

For information on the Home Education Georgia conference:

Follow on instagram at: @homeeducation_ga

On Facebook: Home Education Ga

Email: homeeducationga@gmail.com

 

Details: 

Saturday June 22, 2019

237 Rope Mill Rd. Woodstock, Ga 30188

8:30am-4:00pm. Lunch Provided!

May 28, 2019  

Setting the Spark: The Role of Art Education

Unschooling graduate and mother Audrey Albright shares how she uses her degree in Art Education in her unschooling of her children as well as the importance of art in homeschool.