Charlotte Mason Quotes + Free Printable

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An Observant Child Charlotte Mason Quote

Charlotte Mason is one of my educational heroes.  I love learning so much as I’m slowly making my way through her volumes.  You can check them out Charlotte Mason’s volumes here on Amazon.  We all need a little motivation from time to time and Charlotte Mason always rejuvenates me.  She was quite an inspiring lady who was far ahead of her time!  I’ve been collecting several great Charlotte Mason quotes from her as I’m going through them and this one especially stuck out to me.  I knew I wanted it to be in my homeschool room so I made this printable.  I’m sharing it here today in case anyone else would like to have this sweet reminder in their home too.  I know the pumpkins are a little out of season (I made this in the fall) but I think I’ll keep mine up year round…till I decide to replace it with my next Charlotte Mason quote.

May we all put our children in the way of things worth observing.

You can click the link below to download this pdf.

An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.” -Charlotte Mason

Here are some other of my favorite Charlotte Mason Quotes that I’ve come across so far.

 

“Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend…”-Charlotte Mason

That one is convicting, isn’t it?

 

“The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days.” -Charlotte Mason

Also convicting but it simultaneously motivates me to step it up.

 

“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. 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 wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.” -Charlotte Mason

Life should be all living.  I think of this quote just about daily.

 

“Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.” -Charlotte Mason

I do love this one too!

 

“The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” -Charlotte Mason

How large is the room?  I love it!!  What a great view of education.

 

“The most common and the monstrous defect in the education of the day is that children fail to acquire the habit of reading.” -Charlotte Mason

Yes!  It’s a great habit that is worth the investment.

Homeschool Physical Education Ideas

There are so many ways to sneak physical education into your homeschool day. Whether you’re looking to get super active or have low impact physical activity, these 5 homeschool physical education ideas will get the kids out and active before you know it. Each of these ideas will help you satisfy the phys. ed. part of your homeschool curriculum.  This post contains affiliate links.

Homeschool Physical Education Ideas

Homeschool Physical Education Ideas

Nature Journal

– Hiking

Get outdoors and go on a hike with your kids for homeschool phys. ed. There are many hiking trails all over the states for your kids to enjoy. There’s a bonus with this physical education option, your kids can do some nature journaling while out on the hiking trails too.  CamelBak Mini Mule Kids Hydration Backpacks are great to keep kids hydrated while on the trail.

– Swimming

If you don’t own a swimming pool, have no worries, you can easily sneak some swimming in for your homeschool physical education by going to the community pool, a local river, or pond. These options for swimming will provide your kids with some fun too.  (Check out our Puddle Jumper review if you have young kids)

– Old School Games

Teach your kids to enjoy some of your old school outdoor games like four square, capture the flag or kick the can. This is a fun way to give your kids some knowledge of how you enjoyed physical education as a child all the while helping them get their homeschool phys. ed. completed.

– Obstacle Course

Have your kids build their own indoor or outdoor obstacle course. This is a great way to promote creative thinking and problem-solving skills all the while giving your kids a way to get their homeschool physical education completed during your homeschooling days.  Our favorite go-to obstacle courses usually include a balance beam, walking down a wedge ramp, crawling through a tunnel, walking across stepping stones, climbing up our Nugget couch tower, and jumping into a pile of bean bags and pillows.

– Workout DVDs

Lastly, if all else fails and it’s too rainy or gloomy to do any of the above homeschool physical education ideas, you can pull out the workout DVDs. Have your kids do a daily workout to get active and in shape during their homeschool day with their favorite workout DVDs.  If you don’t have any DVDs YouTube has a ton of workout ideas for kids.  There’s even adults breaking a sweat dancing to Frozen songs.

Finding unique ways to create and plan your homeschool phys. ed. curriculum is one of the best parts of being a parent who teaches their kids. These ideas will come in handy when you’re at a loss as to what to do for physical education during your homeschool week. There are many ways you can work to develop a homeschool phys. ed. curriculum. This is quite honestly one of the easier parts of homeschooling your kid because we all know how to get up, get active, and have fun!

 

4 Tips for Parents New to Homeschooling

Starting your child in a homeschooling program can seem complicated. In the past, parents and guardians were largely on their own when it came to educating their children. This was both the greatest benefit of homeschooling and the most difficult aspect.

Nowadays, vast resources and online curriculum courses are available to parents who are interested in starting their children in an online homeschooling program. Below are four tips to keep in mind that will help you get started on the right path to finding the correct program and curriculum that meets the needs of your child.

1. Get In Touch

While some homeschooling parents prefer to stay completely independent, most first-timers homeschoolers appreciate having a network of support, whether in-person or online. If you don’t know many people already involved in homeschooling, get in contact with the Homeschool Association in your state. Furthermore, you can search on Facebook to find local, national, and global groups dedicated to helping homeschool parents.

You don’t have to be a vocal member of these communities to gain benefits. At first, it’s best to read the forums and discussion threads to learn the main topics and issues among your peers. Once you’re comfortable with the lingo, you can start asking questions and utilizing available resources, which are often free. In time, you’ll become a valued and experienced member of the community, regardless of how active you are.

2. Check Local Laws

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. It’s a trusted method of instruction in homes across the US and abroad. You have the right to educate your child in the best way you see fit.

Some states offer a great deal of freedom for homeschoolers, requiring no notification or evaluation before beginning. Others require some form of notice, while a handful require certifications and required testing.

The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a map of each state’s regulation status and explains the requirements throughout the nation. While it may be frustrating to comply with these rules, doing so will ensure your child maintains a successful educational path well into the future.

Homeschool Play

3. Learn How Your Child Learns

Everyone learns differently. You may have heard that there are 3 different types of learners: audio, visual, and kinesthetic. Some researchers say there are seven learning styles, while still others insist there are endless different types of learners!

Instead of putting your child into a simple category, spend some time discussing their preferences and evaluating how they best understand learning material. Do they prefer to read and study on their own in silence? Do they like having visual stimuli like videos and interactive media? Do they learn best completely on their own, or are they more suited to studying alongside a sibling or friend?

A child’s learning style evolves over time, and understanding their needs is an ongoing process. Part of the joy of homeschooling is watching your child grow as a student. Do your best and be open to changing your plans as you go along.

4. Start Deschooling

To deschool means, essentially, to unlearn the habits of public schooling. In traditional schools, we’re taught to raise our hands to go to the bathroom, sit quietly for hours on end, take required classes and courses we have no interest in…. It’s quite a world apart compared to homeschool!

If you went to public school as a child, these habits are probably ingrained in your memory. Deschooling is doubly important if your child has been a part of the school system recently. Make it clear to your new student that the expectations of public school don’t entirely apply in the home. You’ll set the standards and pace alongside your child.

With clear expectations, strong goals, and an open mindedness toward education, you and your child can thrive in a homeschool environment.

UPSTART Online Preschool Program

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of UPSTART but my opinions are my own.

A lot of time, detail, and effort go into education as I’m sure all of our teacher-readers can tell you. Am I right, teach? There’s a reason they only have to “work” 10 months out of the year. You guys all know how essential education is at an early development too. Often times preschoolers don’t get the developmental attention they need because (honestly we’re too busy just trying to chase them down to clothe and feed them) not many of us have time to prep new things to do each day.

There’s a new program out called UPSTART, which is an online preschool program to use at home. And. it. is. free. (Those are my favorite words.) It’s designed for the year right before kindergarten to make sure children are ready for school.  This is very nice for me because I currently have a little one prepping for kindergarten.

Okay, I have to pause and show you a little bit of my daughter’s recent work. 🙂

Preschool DrawingShe does love to play outside!

Christmas Tree Craft

Homemade Christmas ornament!

Preschool Tanagram

Tanagrams are so much fun!

Crayola Pastels

Oil pastels are the best!

The UPSTART curriculum is impressive – It uses an award-winning software from Waterford Institute. Within the software you’ll find thousands of educational songs, books, and lessons in the fundamental subjects: reading, science, and math. Wait for it – each child is given unique, individualized lessons on their skill level and learning style. This is so great. Individualized lesson plans are few and far between. Having this at home, for free, at your fingertips is basically unheard of. And all the homeschool families rejoice.

It works too. In 2013, a study showed that kids using UPSTART have 2-3 times higher learning rates than those who didn’t use the program.  This study is done by an outside source too, not in-house.

If you’re interested you can register for the program at http://waterfordupstart.org/. I think this is definitely worth investigating on your own!

Free A to Z Animal Handwriting and Coloring Pages

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Download free A to Z animal handwriting and coloring pages.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Relative Sizes of the Planet – Free Printable

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Research Planet has a free Relative Sizes of the Planets printable pack.  My daughter has always loved the moon so this was a fun way to expand her knowledge of our world.

Free Printable Homeschool Planner (200+ pages)

free homeschool planner

Joy from FiveJs.com has a free printable Homeschool Planner with over 200 different pages.  I love planners and I’m just starting homeschooling this year so this is perfect for me.  I hope you’ll find it helpful too!

By the way, if you’re a blogger you should check out FiveJs.com’s designs.  She’s the best!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom for the heads up!

Chalk Drawings for Kids – Umbrella

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Chalk Drawing Umbrella Design

 

My daughter and I played outside with chalk for hours yesterday and we had so much fun!  {Check out our chalk whale if you missed him.}  She absolutely loves to draw with chalk and if it’s possible I think I enjoy it even more than she does!  I hope this inspires you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.  Here’s our favorite sidewalk chalk: Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk.

What’s your favorite family-friendly outdoor activity?

Chalk Drawings for Kids – Whale

One item on my family’s summer bucket list is to play outdoors with sidewalk chalk.  It’s great for motor skills, imagination, and it gets us out of the house.  Check out this cute whale my daughter and I did this afternoon!  It’s in dedication to my daughter’s new favorite song, Willie was a Whale by Justin Roberts {We love all of his music for kids!}.

Chalk Drawings with Kids

I hope this is the first of many chalk drawings this summer so stay connected for other doable ideas!