Author Archives: Challice

All About Books, 15 Questions Pertaining to Books

Which 3 books are on your TBR list and 3 books on your wishlist? To Be Read- The Pleasure of Reading in a an Age of Distraction  By Alan Jacobs Mother Carrey’s Chicken by Kate Douglas Wiggens (more known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T.Anderson Wish List- Some Pig by Melissa Sweet The… Read more »

2 Week Menu Plan: Adaptable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, always.

I am one of those parents that if the kids aren’t eating the food you put on the table, and you tend to have more leftovers than usual, maybe you’re getting in a cooking rut. I do tell my kids that if they are hungry, “eat what is in front of you” but variety is more my style. I’ll be… Read more »

A Charlotte Mason Education for the Younger Years (wrap up 2016-17)

Of course, as a new school year approached I had all these grand ideas of what our school days were going to look like. Don’t we all? The problem was, I was envisioning of what it should end up looking like, not our beginning footsteps in that direction. For my younger students, (who may or may not be categorized into… Read more »

The Lizard Garden by Anne Phillips~ Review

There are so many reasons why we fell in love with Ms. Phillips book but the number one thing was that the characters felt like they were our best friends next door. The adventures they shared were the kind that could easily happen our lives. You know you have a great book when your child is caught reading it on… Read more »

Thinking Tree: The Fun-schooling Journal~ A Review

****IN ORDER TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, YOU MUST GO TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL!  You can find it here.  Giveaway goes until 6/19 ***************** Last year I stumbled upon the Thinking Tree Fun Schooling Books. I was really intrigued and liked what I saw. I purchased two for my eldest two and decided it would be great for those days when… Read more »

An Organic Diet the Charlotte Mason Way

I love organic food. For the most part, and especially the meat, it tastes better and has a richer flavor. I love that it doesn’t use pesticides and other harmful chemicals in the process of getting food from field, to store, to fridge, and finally to table. However, a complete organic diet is just not in our budget. Not only… Read more »

But are you REALLY a Charlotte Mason Method follower?

It all starts with something that draws you in. Maybe a quote? A picture someone posted with the hashtag, #charottemason? A book like, For The Children’s Sake? The living books concept? The possibilities are endless! What originally drew me to a Charlotte Mason education was the basic principal of a living education. Not just studying a textbook and taking a… Read more »

Celebrating World Book Day | My Current Reads

Amazon sent me a fun little email today. It was informing me that it was World Book Day. Now, I am not one to get into the whole acknowledgement of this and that day; however, there was this other Bronte’ day on my birthday… Wait, back on track. I love books. I love books! I LOVE EM! Maybe a bit… Read more »

Earth Day on the Homestead | A Sodbuster way to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

I love earth day. I love it. I love green plants, flowers and trees and trying to protect it all. I love honey bees and very sad about us loosing a lot of them due to the modern world we live in. I love homesteading and am very sad with the way life has become that we have to fight… Read more »

3 Audio Books You Need To Download Now!

Audio books have long been a staple in my homeschool. It all started with Little House on the Prairie from my Mom’s shelf. From there it moved to the Narnia series, also on my mom’s shelf. And then finally, last year we found the dramatization of G. A. Henty.  Recently, I learned how to find audible books affordably.   Certain… Read more »

One of the Biggest Pitfalls of Charlotte Mason & How to Avoid It

I have had this on my mind all week. Considering the fact that this is Thursday, and that I am a busy mama of five, the fact that I keep thinking about this for 4 consecutive days in a row, must mean I need to write this out. Typically when I talk or write about something, I am speaking to… Read more »

What Do You Mean By, “Keeping It Real?”

The posts and conversations have been flying from the fingers in effort to show that life or people are not all what they seem. We talk about “keeping it real” but maybe, just maybe, some of us know reality all to well and work hard to better it. How do we “move on” when we are “keeping it real”? You… Read more »

Living Math Books | Pi Day favorites | Charlotte Mason Style Teaching

Happy Pi day! 3.14(.17). In our classroom, aka the dining room table, we love to find math books that show a different side to teach outside of a textbook. These three series are centered around teaching arithmetic but not in a textbook way but in a way that gives life and a reason as to why we learn such a… Read more »

Monday’s Money Saving Tips: Are you set up for success?

I think quite often, and I am speaking to myself here as well, we get stuck in a rut that says “this is how it looks like for this family and yet that is not how my family dynamics work so I cannot use this method (or tip or whatever the case may be),” without looking at the end goal…. Read more »