Setting the Spark

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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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November 5, 2019  

Setting the Spark: The Importance of the Outdoors

There has been a recent influx in information lately about how important it is to get your kids outside more often. In today’s episode, Christa Thomas goes into more specifics as to why this outdoor time is so important for kids developmentally, socially and physically. She discusses the benefits from a scientific perspective and gives great ideas on to how outdoor time into your routine.

Resources Mentioned:

Vitamin N and Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louve

Peter Gray- Free to Learn

Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom

October 21, 2019  

Setting the Spark: Dealing with Burnout

When you're doing something you love it is often easy to overlook the signs that you're pushing yourself too hard and working in a way that is not sustainable. In this episode, mother of three, Molly, talks with us about her personal experience with burnout. We explore the signs of impending burnout and how to identify them in your life, ways to prevent burnout, as well as ways to recover. This is a very important and encouraging episode for all parents!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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