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Monday, January 19, 2015

Nature Study Monday :: January :: NSM {LinkUP!}

hello, fellow nature study enthusiasts!

this month of getting back into the scheme of things has not included a regular getting back out into nature and things. sadly.

we're still traveling. currently, we're on the coast of Peru, but haven't made it to the beach. yet.
hopefully tomorrow. and if we get out, i promise to share pictures.
'til then, have a peek at some Very Interesting Nature reads?

and do share your nature studies with us in the linky below?
we're feeling somewhat nature deprived as all we've really seen lately has been on the go. go. go.

Have you gotten outside much for nature study this winter?
How 'bout a look at the sky?

Nature Study = A human right?

A Nature Walk in: methow valley, wa

My friend Jeanne and her Book of Firsts.

On Using Photography in Nature Study

Top 20 New Species Discovered in 2014!
Be sure to check out one found ONLY IN PERU!
Oh, and the Very Long Insect. Second longest in the world to be exact.

Set some goals for Nature Study this year?
Read Barb's Nature Study Goals for 2015

Snag a button if you wanna! :)
Come back and share your nature studies with us this month!

The {Nature Study Monday} link up is for ANY nature study-ish blog post written at any time during the current month. Which means, when you submit your link, it will show up in every. single. {NSM} post. during the whole month! Oh, and be not confused, feel free to link up on any day, be it Monday or not! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: January 2015 :: CMBC

Hey there, Friends!

Isn't it fun to be back here together again?!
Ah... the CM Blog Carnival. Thank you all so much for your participation this time around. There are so many fun opportunities listed below to hang out together via blogs!

We have a grand total of 20 posts! That's like having 20 of you, and all your friends, over for tea.
Seriously, what FUN! See what happens when we don't get together for a while?!
We have so much to say!

As you know we've been considering some changes to the CMBC in order to make it easier for everybody to enjoy and participate. We'll talk about that at the end. First, let's just enjoy one another's company. :)

Reflective and Inspirational posts:

Angela from Learning to Live shares her Homeschool goals for the new year, she mentions many different areas where she has already seen some improvement with her young children, as well as a few where she's still looking. What a fun stage she is at with her girls!

Liz Cottrill at Living Books Library shares some timely inspiration in Living Up to the Call. A very good read for the beginning of a new year which so often coincides with flu season!

Dawn at Ladydusk shares 2015 Homeschool Changes: Philosophy Changes, in which she announces she's becoming more and more drawn to Charlotte Mason, and plans to keep studying (via Karen Glass' book!) and applying her principles. Yay! Welcome, it's such a wonderful way of life.

Deanna at Love Adopted shares Beginning Ambleside Year 0 ~ Our "No" Curriculum-Curriculum Overview and Some Advice Along the Way. She's an experience homeschooler starting over with her littlest two using AOy0 and boy is it a jam-packed post! I for one enjoyed reading it in parts, there is so much sweetness there.

Nancy at Sage Parnassus shares TWO posts, (see Slow and Beautiful Work below) and Simple Living in the New Year! Both are beautiful reminders to live simply and deliberately in a crazy busy world. Also encouraging are her personal responses to comments. Thanks, Nancy!

Patti Lofgren at School Days Scrapbook shares Powerful Spiritual Themes in Chronicles of Narnia and (John Constable - Salisbury Cathedral From the Meadows, see below).

Rachel at In the Magpie's Nest shares 15 Things I Wish I'd Known 5 Years Ago; good things to think about that are also simple to apply. We all keep improving as we go along, don't we? Thanks for sharing!

Celeste at Joyous Lessons shares TWO posts, (see An Introduction to Keeping Company below) and What We're Reading :: January. Her love of books shines through in this post, as she shows what her children (7 under 9yo!!) are reading.

Ann at Learning as we go shares Habit Training for the Long Haul, where she reflects on the importance of habit training now AND later both for students AND moms.

Tammy at Aut2bhomeincarolina shares her Reflection about Term 1. She summarizes what has passed and talks about how far they've come. Check out some of the pictures of things they've studied!

Instructive posts:

Denise from Let's Play Math
 shares a math post 2015 Mathematics Game with us this month. Here's what she says about it, "Here is a fun puzzle that challenges each player at his or her own level, a chance to help our children glimpse 'the beauty and truth of Mathematics.'"

Cindy West from Our Journey Westward shares with us Easily Add Poetry Recitation to Your Homeschool. She's added poetry and recitation to her son's weekly activities. She's added some video of him reciting to her post so we can see just how sweet he is.

Brandy at Afterthoughts has shared a whole entire series of posts (LUCKY us!), Let's Talk About Notebooks, that I had been wanting to read for a while. Thanks to the carnival, I've finally made time! Among the posts, Brandy shares some very practical tips for getting it done and also a super inspiring guest post by Tammy with tips for reluctant notebookers.

Leah Boden
 shares a refreshing post 5 ways to get your child to engage in the Charlotte Mason method. A lot of what she talks about might be classified as 'atmosphere' and she says it well. And the pictures...! You'll see.

Nadene at Practical Pages shares her post Refreshed Daily Themes in which she talks about how she and her daughter worked together to add new interest to their daily plans. She's even made a printable if you're interested!

Nancy at Sage Parnassus shares Slow and Beautiful Work, in which she inspires us to take a look at the how and why of Charlotte Mason's ideas for copywork.

Patti Lofgren at All Things Bright and Beautiful shares her latest post, John Constable - Salisbury Cathedral From the Meadows and (Powerful Spiritual Themes in Chronicles of Narnia, see above). She talks about their current studies on Constable, Mendelssohn and Elizabeth Browning, and also has some book recommendations for art/music study.

Carol at Journey-and-Destination shares Authors for Teens - Part 2: World War 2. She highlights a bunch of books that she recommends for teen readers. Reviews like these are a great help for those of us who have little time or no library access!

Mama Squirrel at Dewey's Treehouse shares Faith and art lessons, on the day of Epiphany (Lydia's Grade Eight). She adapts lesson plans from the PNEU to apply in teaching art lessons for her daughter. She blogs almost every day, so make sure to take a look around. Her blog is an absolute treasure trove on Charlotte Mason education!

More opportunities to hang out together throughout the month:

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival linky!! Please feel free to continue to submit your blog posts throughout the month by linking them up in the linky below. That way, if you forgot to submit a post by e-mail before the deadline, you can do it NOW! We still want to hear from you. :) ALL Charlotte Mason educational posts are welcome!!

Celeste at Joyous Lessons shares An Introduction to Keeping Company in which she invites us to share what we're writing in our commonplace books, nature journals, book of centuries, etc. I LOVE the idea of a link up for notebooking and hope to participate when I can. Click over to read more about what she's planning. The first link up is posted here.

Nature Study Mondays :: LINKup will begin again this month here at Fisher Academy, check back soon.

Please e-mail a link to CM related blog link ups to: charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com, 
We'd like to feature them here at the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!!

Share more posts throughout the month here:

2015 CMBC changes*:

  • 1 CMBC post / month.
  • CMBC will host a linky that will remain active throughout the month (so you can add more posts!).
  • CMBC will have a facebook page to announce posts ("like" it to receive reminders/announcements via facebook).
  • CMBC will have a permanent home and only go visiting for special occasions (as decided by the poll results)
  • All posts submitted to the CMBC by e-mail before the deadline will be linked to AND one or two will be featured every edition (with a photo & intro), selections will be made at the hostess/editor's discretion. (In this edition, I decided to briefly feature EVERY post submitted, since it's our first time back, but in the future, every post will be linked (in the linky), but not every post will be featured with a blurb. It'll still be good, you'll see. And, it will save the hostess a LOT of time!)

*See the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival Schedule Page soon for more information and a full explanation of changes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CMBC... coming soon!

Look for the CM Blog Carnival here, sometime tomorrow!

And we'll talk about some of the little adjustments we'll be integrating too.

Can't wait!

See you soon!

P.S. I had hoped to post it today, but my day ended up MUCH more full than I expected with a family lunch date and ministry meeting that stretched past dinner time.

I know you understand. We do our best...! ;)

You all are so nice.

Friday, January 9, 2015

About the future of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival...

Currently, we are reevaluating the CMBC to examine how we can improve it; to make it more blogger-friendly and to encourage more blogger/reader participation. It's always most interesting and insightful when there are a variety of posts.

Based on a preliminary poll on facebook, we will continue the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival in 2015! 

The first edition of the year will be posted on January 14th.
Please submit your posts now.
ALL posts in relation to a Charlotte Mason education are welcome.

Up until now, the routine we've followed has been: A reminder e-mail is sent out. Bloggers submit their Charlotte Mason educational blog posts by e-mail to charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com. The links are collected and forwarded to the hostess who previews, arranges and introduces each carnival submission in a blog post of her own. She then sends back the link and the carnival is publicized. This is a somewhat labor intensive process for some involved and we'd like to make it worth everyone's effort.

I'd really like to hear some thoughts about how we can improve and encourage more participation. The general principle certainly applies here: the more the merrier!

Please answer the following questions (check all that apply) and share any comments you might have below.

How can we improve the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival?

 free polls

Ways to help spread the word about the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival:

Use the CMBC logo in the sidebar of your blog and in your carnival posts.

Link the logo back to the CMBC page using this link:

Tell your readers about the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival on your own blog and send a link to: charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sign up for the CMBC reminder/announcement e-mail list and share a link to the most current carnival edition on your blog.

Share a link to the carnival on facebook.

Any other ideas??

Friday, January 2, 2015

a 2015 ART calendar will be on it's way shortly...

wait, while i have your attention:
will all my fellow bloggers & readers take a few seconds to fill out some poll questions about the charlotte mason blog carnival!?

there are two polls.
together, it shouldn't take more than 2 minutes of your time.
i'd really appreciate the feedback while deciding how the carnival should proceed this upcoming year of 2015.

feel free to take both polls, or the most applicable one... pretty please?!



THANKS ever so much!!

while we're figuring that all out please feel free to submit ANY posts by e-mail to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival as soon as possible to: charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com


now about that AWESOME 2015 ART calendar!!

as the deadline to let me know you were interested being at midnight last night, i realized i couldn't fairly draw a name on january 1st, while there was still time left to leave a comment... so that's why you didn't hear from me yesterday! maybe you thought i had forgotten! don't worry, we're all good now. heheh.

the winner is:

congratulations!! i KNOW you'll love it!!

please send me an e-mail or fb msg with your mailing address so i can get that on it's way!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

do you want an (awesome) ART calendar?!

i just happen to be giving one away. like i do every year. because i love this calendar.

this year, unlike other years, unlike ever before in my life come to think of it, i actually got to go to NYC and SEE the art! in the museum. where it lives. yep, we got to spend two whole days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! it was definitely top o' the list of places we wanted to visit and it did not disappoint.

ahhh. so much fun.

now to be considered in this drawing, you don't have to be a regular reader of this blog, you don't even have to really do anything in return. you just have to want one. simply enter a comment on any post here at fisher academy's blog BEFORE midnight on 1/1/2015. that way, i'll know you're interested.

i'll do the drawing on new years' day.

oh, and if you're dying to get one of these and wanna increase your chances, new likes on our facebook page during december, will get an extra entry. because that just makes for more fun for some people. :)

OR if you just can't wait and want to be SURE to get one. buy yours now, by clicking HERE.

we love turning the pages of this art calendar every day. it's a page-a-day, so there's a unique piece of art or history for each day of the year. sometimes it's ancient weapons or armor, sometimes it's a painting. it's fun! it comes in handy for discussions about art study, for book of centuries illustrations, and even copywork (my young kids use it to copy the date!).

how might you use yours?

wanna check out past ART calendar giveaways? 
maybe just for old times sake... :)

The girls with their handy-dandy audio devices at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Monday, December 29, 2014

An E-treasury of Living Books!

Have you seen Yesterday's Classics e-book bundles? A LOT of books that Ambleside Online has recommended for decades and AOers have been enjoying for just as long, are included, conveniently and beautifully formatted into e-books!

For those of us who live overseas, this is a HUGE treasure trove of books we don't have to lug around, which really means only one glorious thing... we have MORE room for other books in our suitcases!

Not only will you have more room, you'll have more book money 'cause with these bundles you end up paying only 50 cents a book!

Yes, many if not most are available somewhere online for free, but NOT always in an easily navigable or beautifully illustrated format. I do like free, but I also like convenience sometimes.
Just think, by searching garage sales for 15 years, you might find these kind of prices.

Only wait, your kids will be in college. ;)
You might want to check it out before then.

Honestly, I may already own the majority of these in book form. And maybe I did lug every one of them overseas (hardcover, too! eek! the weight!!) since we've been using AmblesideOnline long before Yesterday's Classics bundles existed. But, even if you don't travel much, if you have multiple children like I do, and you can afford it, I think the convenience of having the book in electronic format is worth it. If for no other reason, it is SO nice for each kid to have their own copy on their kindle!

Find them here:
Bundle #1: 225 titles for $49.95   [On sale!]*
Bundle #2: 106 titles for $49.95   [NEW- Introductory price!]

*Special holiday pricing ends January 4th.

hello, long time no blog.

happy almost-year-end to you!

can you believe more than six months have passed without a word from Fisher Academy?
heheh. and see? the world is still turning. :)

i bet you've had some interesting moments in this past half-year! i would have loved to have shared those with you. unfortunately, furlough kind of snuck up and held me hostage. i had no idea beforehand that six months across the US and Canada, in a van, with a family of 8, including a baby, would be so busy! HAhAHaHAHaHAhAh!

whoa, was i naïve! my expectations having been ever so slightly unrealistic, i thought writing a minimum of blog posts would be no big deal.

um... wrong.
keeping our family's loose ends together and stitches tight proved a gargantuan task! :)

i do sincerely apologize for not keeping up with communications here... it became pretty evident early on, the first week to be precise, that i would spend all my energy keeping up with our super packed itinerary alone. we were SO blessed being able to spend time with SO many people. we hardly had time to sleep!

regardless, i feel pretty bad that i just up and kind of disappeared without even a word. :(
i hope you'll forgive me.

one of the countless things that has become crystal clear to me over these past months is
that as much as we'd like to DO everything and BE everything... we can't.

we only have 24 hours in each day. likely, only 16 of those are awake hours.
we blink and 6 months happen. well, almost. life goes by very quickly. there are only 365 earth blinks times 70, give or take, in a lifetime. i know that you know this. but you may not have thought about the fact that we only get about 25-30,000 days. total.
at least half of mine are already spent.
at most, i only have 900 days left with my oldest boys in the house. i don't have time to mess around. i've got to live fully. today.

we only have time for one day at a time. the day the Lord gives.

we don't have time to do what everyone else is doing, or what everyone else might like for us to do. when it comes down to it, we don't have time to do what we'd like to do each day!
and until the day turns, we don't know what unexpected events will come around that corner demanding our immediate attention.

so just like that, six months pass.

it was about all i could do to keep up with my 100mph husband who laughs at the idea of turning down an invitation! (He makes a good missionary).

first, we drove from Texas to Northern Alberta. i know, right? there aren't enough letters in that sentence to give it the weight it deserves. let me just say it again. we drove from Texas to Northern Alberta. that is a LONG way, folks. not only that, we meandered.

from there, we traversed over mountains with glaciers and then pretty directly across to the west coast, hitting Washington, Oregon and California. after a couple of months like that, having seen our families, we drove halfway back across the continent. we stopped a handful of times along the way of course before flying the other half to the east coast of New Jersey. did you catch the latest heavyweight? coast. to. coast. let me reiterate. we drove the height, half the width, half the width again and then flew half again of North America.

and on our way, we spent a lot of moments with really neat people. i am really thankful for all of that.

i only really regret not having time for writing and posting pictures & updates.
do forgive me, and i'll love you forever. :)

phew. thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

i have a few more posts coming off the stacks VERY SOON, in which we need to talk about:

be encouraged! 
live fully the today the Lord has given you! 

"Only one life, will soon be pass'd
Only what's done for Christ will last.C.T. Studd"

(read the entire poem)
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