Classical Charlotte Mason

Welcome to day 3 of our Classical Charlotte Mason series. On days one and two we discussed the principles and benefits of a Classical Education, as well those of a Charlotte Mason education. If you missed either post, please go back and read them here, before we discuss some similarities, and why combining these methods works. I know there are purists on both sides of the spectrum, that would cringe at the thought of combining these philosophies, nevertheless, let’s take a look at how a healthy combination of the two can benefit your homeschool. A quick disclaimer; I’m no expert in either philosophy, but I have successfullyREAD MORE

Classical Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason was a British educator, who believed education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life. She believed children are people, with their own thoughts, and ideas, and should be treated as such. She was opposed to treating or talking to children as if they were inferior, unintelligent and ’empty canvases’ ready to be filled with ideas. Instead she encouraged parents to raise children as independent thinkers. Parents and teachers should know how to make sensible use of a child’s circumstances (atmosphere) to forward their sound education; should train them in the discipline of habits of the good life; and should nourish their life with ideas,READ MORE

Classical Charlotte Mason

The center of classical education is to love goodness, truth and beauty, and at the very core of a classical education is God. Truth is defined by Him, and knowledge of all things comes from Him. Philippians 4:8 tell us: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. In turn, Plato has the following to say about education: The object of education, is to teach us to love what is beautiful. TheREAD MORE

Classical Charlotte Mason

What is Classical Charlotte Mason? It’s really is a thing, I promise. There are many debates as to why one method is better than the other, however there are many of us who see a great benefit of combining these two philosophies. Homeschooling allows us to customize the education of each individual child, so don’t be afraid to be creative! Here is what we discussed, during out 10 day series: Principles and Benefits of a Classical Education Principles and Benefits of a Charlotte Mason Education Similarities Between the Classical & Charlotte Mason Methods Our Classical Charlotte Mason Weekly Schedule Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason Language Arts ResourcesREAD MORE

Relax You CAN Homeschool High School

When I started homeschooling high school a few years ago, all I could think of, was the millions of things that could go wrong, as a result of me not choosing the right curriculum, not assigning the right credit, or not meeting college requirements. Homeschooling High School was seriously scary as a rookie homeschooler, and it can intimidate even some veterans. Though homeschooling my then high school sophomore and junior was not the original plan; I had no other choice. The charter school system was failing them, and neither was on track to graduating high school on time. If homeschooling high school is in your near future,READ MORE

101 Reasons to Love Summer in SoCal

I’ve lived in Southern California for 30 years and my favorite thing about living here, is summer. I could say there’s no better place than SoCal to spend your summer vacation, but that would be biased. There is fun to be had everywhere you look, and many of the attractions are free. Here’s 101 reasons to love summer in SoCal. 11 Reasons to Visit a Theme Park Definitely not free, but definitely worth checking out! Disneyland – Main Street Electrical Parade California Adventures – Summer of Heroes Knotts Berry Farm – Ghost Town Alive Six Flags Magic Mountain – Kwerk, Screampunk District Streetmosphere and Full Throttle Nights LEGOLAND – RoboTECH Camp Universal Studios HollywoodREAD MORE

How I Teach Apologetics In Our Homeschool

It’s no secret apologetics are a crucial part of our homeschool. I’ve shared on previous occasions the reasons why having a biblical foundation is critical to prevent losing our kids to the world. Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our Homeschool I picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we onceREAD MORE

Homeschooling From A Biblical Worldview

I often get asked why we chose homeschooling from a biblical worldview, and though the reasons were many, one of them always stands out. Whatever You Do A few years ago; when all six of our kids attended public school; one of my girls had an exceptional love for God, and a desire to make Him known. Her teacher had declared the first 20 minutes back from recess as quiet reading time and each child chose anything they wanted. Comic books, magazines, picture books, etc. She chose her Bible. Her teacher never discouraged her, and many of the other kids were curious. One day she brought anREAD MORE

Self-Esteem, Bullying and Sex - Tackling the Hard Issues with Your Tweens

At my 24 week checkup of child number 2, the ultrasound technician happily informed me that the precious bundle of joy I was carrying was a boy. I cried. No, I wept, maybe wailed is more like it. I did NOT want a boy. I already had a boy and in order to complete the perfect little family I’d envisioned, I NEEDED a girl. Our son would grow up to be an athlete, possibly an Olympian, and our daughter would grow up to be a world renown doctor or scientist. As I got home that afternoon, I had another panic attack. God Answers Prayer IREAD MORE

Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

As we near the end of the school year, and make plans for next year’s curriculum it’s time to make a little space of the bookshelves. As much as I’d like to keep expanding the collection, I don’t have much room for another book case. Here’s some stuff we loved, but no longer use. How it Works If you are interested in any of the curriculum you see here, send an email with your name, books you’re interested in, PayPal email, and your zip code to info@themusingsofmum.com. Please note that shipping costs are not included in the prices listed below. All curriculum will be sent viaREAD MORE

This week I had the opportunity to preview the “Is Genesis History?” documentary. Is Genesis History? is a compelling documentary that makes a case for the reliability of scripture. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a huge advocate of teaching children apologetics and defending a Biblical worldview. (I received a digital copy of this film for review purposes, all opinions are my own.) More importantly my goal is to encourage you to teach your children to take the Bible literally. Every. Single. Word. The Bible tells us that: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable forREAD MORE

Salt Water Conductivity Experiment

This week I’m joining the month-long Science Celebration at The Learning Hypothesis. Enjoy four weeks of science ideas, experiments, activities and a giveaway! My high school science class memories have absolutely nothing to do with science. Both my biology and chemistry teachers were known for incessant lectures and assigning endless research. Therefore I often caught up on sleep (yes, I know that’s bad) and occasionally caught up on homework during this time. I’m a visual and kinesthetic learner, doing, is crucial when I’m learning something new. I’m sad to say that since we hardly ever did any hands on learning, science class was the last placeREAD MORE

Count Your Blessings Gift Basket Giveaway

My husband and kids often ask what I’d like for Mother’s Day, and my response tends to be “a clean house and no sibling arguments”. If you’re a mother, and you’ve got more than 1 child at home, you know that the likelihood of a whole day free of sibling squabbles is as rare as a unicorn or a mermaid sighting. While you wait for that miraculous day to come, why not count your blessings while you drink a cup of coffee? It’s so easy to get beat-up and dragged down by the millions of responsibilities we have every day. Sometimes the difficulties shroud ourREAD MORE

How Mr. D Math Eliminated Our Homeschool Math Fears

** I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own. You can see my full disclosure here. After a very long and frustrated venting session on a Facebook group a few months ago, a homeschool mom suggested Mr. D Math. I finally got the opportunity to try the Mr. D Math curriculum hands on. I failed Algebra I my freshman and sophomore years of high school; then somehow passed the following year. I’m convinced my math teacher awarded me that glorious D minus out of pure pity. I’d love to say that my struggle with math endedREAD MORE

The Remarkable Truth About Intentional Family Devotions

I’ve been a Sunday school teacher at the same church for 10 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to see kids grown in their faith in Christ and serve, and I’ve also seen some of them walk away.  Intentional teaching of the word of God it’s not just up to you child’s Sunday school teacher. It’s your job as a parent. Trust me, I say this because I’ve met a parent or two who completely forget this fact. Statistics show that two-thirds of church kids walk away from church after questioning their faith before they become adults. How can this be? Why are we letting thisREAD MORE

What I'm Reading

With a new month, comes a new reading list. I’m still finishing up Swipe Right, from last month’s selections, but looking forward to what’s next. Here’s What I’m Reading in April Old-Earth Creationism on Trial by Tim Chaffey & Jason Lisle – The girls and I have focused a lot of our morning apologetics discussions on the age of the earth. We recently watched a broadcast of a talk Ken Ham gave about dinosaurs at a church in Georgia. On a survey of twenty-somethings many confessed that though many still believed  that the Bible is God’s Word, the idea that the earth is millions of years old,READ MORE

Homeschool-Mom-Guilt-BINGO

We’ve all had those days. You know, the days when you know exactly which assignments you want the kids to complete before taking a week off, or before a holiday, yet nothing gets done. My 3rd oldest is turning 16, or actually she turned 16 last month but we are having a rather large party to celebrate this milestone in the middle of May, and unlike my oldest girl, this one is a little behind on the party planning. A couple of weeks ago we were scheduled to take a quick 5 minute walk-through the banquet hall where said shindig will take place. It’s notREAD MORE

GOD IS IN CONTROL – A TRIBUTE TO MANDY KELLY

I have to be honest with you, and say that this week has been rough. I’m supposed to be preparing our home for a visit from my brother-in-law, and my daughter’s birthday party. Exciting things are coming, yet I feel completely disconnected, distracted and even somewhat depressed. In early September of 2015, found Mandy Kelly on Periscope. It was pretty early in the morning, and I had a couple of minutes before getting back to work, when I came across a broadcast about the Great Commission. Before I knew it I had listened to Mandy for nearly 20 minutes. Her lovely accent, sweet smile and encouragingREAD MORE

Famous Birthdays

April 28th, marks the 259th birthday celebration of the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe. A Brief Biography James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. After his father’s death, at the age of 16 he enrolled at the College of William and Mary to study law, however, his studies were cut short when he enrolled in the Continental Army. After the war, he studies law under Thomas Jefferson and eventually served in the Continental Congress in 1783. He was elected as the 5th U.S. President in 1817 and served for two terms until 1825.   Check out theseREAD MORE

Famous Birthdays

April 13th marks the 274th birthday celebration of the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. A Brief Biography Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell, in the Colony of Virginia. At the age of 16, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studies math, metaphysics, and philosophy. While working as a clerk in a law office, he studied law. He ran for office and became the 3rd U.S. President in 1801. Check out these 10 Facts About Thomas Jefferson. 5 of Thomas Jefferson’s Greatest Accomplishments Wrote the Declaration of Independence Drafted the Virginia StatuteREAD MORE