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Friday, May 8, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: May 2015 :: CMBC


Welcome, Friends!

Thank you for joining us at the May 2015 edition CM Blog Carnival! I’m so glad you’ve come. Do you know how important you are? Everyone is valuable, that’s certain, but somehow mothers are especially so. Most everyone in the world at some time or another has loved a mother. So, whether you are a mother or have one, will you allow us a few minutes to speak some life into your soul?

It was this Very Important Blog Post that shot me some life-filled ideas completely annihilating the writer’s block that plagued me last week. That, and the fact that it’s almost Mother’s Day weekend. AND, I want to share some maternally inspiring words spoken by one of my favorite modern day authors of children’s books.

First of all, the blog post that is the feature of this edition of the carnival was written by my good friend Naomi who writes periodically at CM Living in California. And no, it's not featured just because she's my friend, you are all my friends! She spoke so well what is in my heart.

I’d really like to just quote the. entire. thing.

But instead will you please go over there and read it through… for Mother’s Day?
Consider it my gift to you. I think you’ll love it. :)

It’s called Scaffolding Towers of Glory and Excellence, but don’t let the title baffle you.


Photo by Naomi.

Here’s a snippet or two…
"In our pursuit of the very best education for our children - what mother doesn't want that?! - we read the CM series, books, articles, blogs, attend meetings, conferences, follow CMers on Facebook, see their perfect lives on Instagram, their creations on Pinterest, Join groups, forums - to learn it all, do it all, keep up on all."

"Can we ever get anywhere near the tower of glory? It seems to have no end. Will we ever be good enough? have time enough? be mom enough?"
Yep, the whole thing is that good. You can read the rest here.


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Now for that promised quote.

"The whole ‘just a mom thing’ is one of the most inverted lies around. I write books... and because we admire the abstract: I condense thoughts into little black symbols on pulp, trees, which can burn and rot and go away.

YOU have little humans who will always be. forever. somewhere.
They are the beginnings of forever stories.

so none of that. 
You must awaken to this glory and you must attempt to improve at noticing, receiving, processing, integrating, condensing and then giving.
...that is the process of ultimate artistry."
N. D. Wilson in his talk, "Words Made Flesh" to Bethlehem College and Seminary

Read the entire quote here.

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There are already some interesting conversations going on in the early submitted posts, including an acronym for choosing living books and questions about homeschooling high school among others. You can read them all starting from the linky below!


*See the note below for how you might be able to help the CMBC!

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More opportunities to hang out together throughout the month:
(Feel free to link your blog post to more than one link up where applicable!)


Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival linky!! - ALL Charlotte Mason educational posts are welcome!!
Keeping Company - Notebooking
Learning by Hand - Handicrafts
Wednesdays with Words - Share quotes from your reading
Nature Study Mondays :: LINKup - share Nature Study posts

Do you host a CM related blog link up? 
Please e-mail information to:
charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

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Make sure to check back frequently as there are more posts submitted all month long, see the linky below. :)

Also, you won’t want to miss the April edition with its 43 posts, so be sure to go back and check it out, too!  Bloggers, please link up as many times as possible using the linky below, or if you would like your post to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit it by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month.

Share more posts throughout the month here:





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Help the CMBC: 
Encourage-A-Blogger: If you come across a helpful article or blog post inspiring to Charlotte Mason educators, please encourage the author to share it with us (or ask them if you can share it for them!). We welcome the help! I haven't had much time lately for popping around and browsing blogs to encourage participation like I used to!

Link Yourself: Please feel free to link up your own posts throughout the entire month with the linky below. When a topic is posted, you are welcome to link to older posts on that topic. Also, if you would like your recent blog posts to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit them by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month (mail to: charlottemasonblogs(at)gmail(dot)com).

Love notes: If you read a blog post that is particularly inspiring, please let the blogger know! It is encouraging to interact over what we're thinking and doing and most bloggers would LOVE it if you left them some bloggy love in the comments. :)

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The CMBC hosts a linky that will remain active throughout the month (add more all month long!). The carnival will be announced via e-mailfacebook page, twitter handleg+ page  - (please feel free to share the current carnival link wherever as often as you'd like!) 

All posts submitted to the CMBC by e-mail before the deadline will be linked via the linky AND one or two will be chosen to be featured every edition, selections will be made at the hostess/editor's discretion.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

on motherhood as an artform.

i mentioned in another place that I wanted to give you a couple of gifts this Mother's Day. the first one i mentioned already you can find here. as it turns out, there wasn't room for the second 'under the tree' so to speak, so i'm putting it here where you can see and read it in all it's wonderfulness.

N. D. Wilson's quote on motherhood:

"i have unfortunately heard a lot of christian women say things like, 'i don’t really need to rigorously pursue my education, i don’t really need to be sharp and astute, a great integrator of themes. because i’m…' (and here’s my most hated phrase in the English language) '...because I’m going to just be a mom.'

well, what i do is, i just put words on a page for people to read.
that’s my art form.

what you do? well, you know, you raise immortal souls...

you grow them inside yourself, magically.
you feed them from yourself.
you are the great storyteller for these humans.
these little bleeding things.

i sit there and type. that’s my art.

and YOU’re the one who interprets all of reality for this one year old. You take all of it and you condense, you creatively condense and you give. You say, here! and it’s this type of art for them... and then they’re five and then they’re six, and you’re the MOM.

do you know what dad does? he keeps the lights on.

imagine. i think if you took the most psychotic, crazy, NY, wacko, installation artist, they wouldn’t have the guts to do what ‘just a mom’ does. or if i said okay, here’s the plan. i think i can get a federal grant. i’m going to give you some actual children… you create a life story. how’s this? maybe eighteen years... create a childhood. there quick, don’t just do your weird thing where you held your naked body to a block of ice. that’s their normal installation pieces. how ‘bout eighteen years in you do 3 meals a day. you shove stuff in their face and you create a life. you create a childhood. you create the first 18 years of a life story.

find me the crazy artist willing to take that on.
absolutely not.

the whole ‘just a mom thing’ is one of the most inverted lies around.
it’s like, i need an education because i write books...
because we admire the abstract. i condense thoughts into little black symbols on pulp, trees, which can burn and rot and go away.

YOU have little humans who will always be. forever. somewhere.
they are the beginnings of forever stories.

so none of that.
you must awaken to this glory and you must attempt to improve at noticing, receiving, processing, integrating, condensing and then giving.

...that is the process of ultimate artistry."

N.D. Wilson in his talk to Bethlehem College and Seminary, "Words Made Flesh: Stories Telling Stories and the Russian Dolls of Divine Creativity"

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watch a video of the whole talk here.

just gimme one more day... the CMBC really is coming soon!

i know.
everyone's waiting anxiously for the carnival, right?

well, our internet's been spotty so i've sorta had to do it all kinda just wham bam thank you ma'am style and because of that have lost a little of those fuzzy wuzzy inspirationish kind of feelings sitting here trying to CRAM out a carnival post. no wonder Charlotte says scram to cram.

but the good new is...

i just found my muse. it's just gonna be another day.

i love you guys.

:)

and here is picture (or 47) for your patience...




you may even catch a glimpse of today... it's the one that may strike some resemblance to another era.
all because my friend richele made me want to.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Nature Study Monday :: April 2015 :: NSM {LinkUP!}



this month, i'm sharing one of my favorite sites for nature journaling! have you ever heard of John Muir Laws? that blog has a LOT of nature study resources, drawing tutorials and journaling advice. the author/naturalist has noted many ideas which resonate with what i know to be oh so true and which i've experienced myself. my friend Phyllis reminded me of his blog in a recent conversation and i was happy to discover he has a TON of new stuff up.

?!=

have you ever gone out and wandered all a wonder about what you should be doing or looking at during nature study hour? i am happy to report that this almost never happens to me. (how's that for empathy?) somehow, that innate sense of wonder in nature was carried over from childhood and spilled out again when i set out with my kids. BUT wait, i know in the beginning it wasn't the same as it is now. and for many it can be kind of, no, REALLY hard to know what to do, much less be an example for your kids of what to do.

in his post, Deep Observation, Jack talks about 3 questions to ask when observing. he shares a fun visual so that we don't forget the questions. matter of fact, i'm going RIGHT now to write them on the cover of my journal... wanna know more? go right now and check out this awesomesauce post!

oh and another thing.
i bet you have always been curious what one my all time favorite nature study posts is? i might have a lot of those. the latest one you can read for yerself, right here.


#journalingisnotachore #rewardsdontmotivate #practicemakesperfect #setsmartgoals etc.

Here's the link up for May!


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! 



Saturday, April 4, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: April 2015 :: CMBC




Welcome, Friends!

Thank you for joining us at the April 2015 edition CM Blog Carnival! In the March edition, we accumulated a WHOPPING 52 posts! If you haven't had a chance to see them all yet, you'll definitely want to bookmark that post for later. Meanwhile, there is already a great selection of CM blog reading with more to come throughout the month, see the linky below. :)

Readers may want to check back again near the end of the month for the latest additions. Also, bloggers, please feel free to link up any additional posts to the linky below, or if you would like it to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit it by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month.

*See the note below for how you might be able to help the CMBC!

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This month, among the early submitted posts, I noticed two recurrent themes. Both of which, those familiar with Charlotte Mason know to be part of the bedrock of a living education, living books and nature study. This carnival, I've decided to feature the former. The latter are linked from the linky below with the other submissions, as well as from the latest {NSM!} post. There are MANY interesting conversations this time, including some about printable copywork and CM bookmarks, several with handiwork projects, and even a Shakespearean visit! You can read them all starting from the linky below!



Photo by Leah. Read about her picture book selections here.

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"So much for the right books; the right use of them is another matter. The children must enjoy the book. The ideas it holds must each make that sudden, delightful impact upon their minds, must cause that intellectual stir, which mark the inception of an idea. "
CM, volume 3, page 378

This from Linda at Keeping On Keeping On:

"She explained to Molly that she loved the book about the animals and about the man who spends a lot of time in the woods watching all of them, 'And do you know what else? There are NO pictures in the book! None at all! But it doesn't even matter. Do you know why? Because the writer writes so well that I can see the pictures in my head. The book doesn't even need any pictures. And oh, I hope that someday I can write as well as he does.'"
{Read more here}

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Photo by Fisher Academy.
One of my Y10 students with what he deems "the hardest book of the term".
Both boys say that it's really good, just a challenging read.
Harder even than Dorothy Sayers, for example!
Once again, CM rings true, "But boys get knowledge only as they dig for it."


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Next up, Nebby shares how she chooses books:
"For spines (books which I read aloud to all the kids to give us an overview and make sure there are no huge gaps) we continue to go through H.E. Marshall’s This Country of Ours and Helene Guerber’s Story of the Great Republic."
{Read more here}

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Last but not least, The Headmistress at The Common Room shares about when too many books may not be a good thing. She titled her post, "In which the DHM kicks herself for not practicing what she's preached." This was a timely post for me personally as we're playing 'catch up' this year. If you have ever gotten behind or need to plan ahead for extenuating circumstances, this is a must read.

"I couldn’t possibly count the number of times I have told somebody, “The goal is not to get the children through the books, it’s to get the books through the children.”

Sometimes I wish I listened to myself better. Am I the only one who forgets to take my own advice?"
{Read more here}


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Share more posts throughout the month here:




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More opportunities to hang out together throughout the month:
(Feel free to link your blog post to more than one link up where applicable!)

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival linky!! - ALL Charlotte Mason educational posts are welcome!!
Keeping Company - Notebooking
Learning by Hand - Handicrafts
Wednesdays with Words - Share quotes from your reading
Nature Study Mondays :: LINKup - share Nature Study posts


Do you host a CM related blog link up? 
Please e-mail information to:
charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

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Help the CMBC: 
Encourage-A-Blogger: If you come across a helpful article or blog post inspiring to Charlotte Mason educators, please encourage the author to share it with us! We welcome the help! I haven't had much time lately for popping around and browsing blogs to encourage participation like I used to!

Link Yourself: Please feel free to link up your own posts throughout the entire month with the linky below. When a topic is posted, you are welcome to link to older posts on that topic. Also, if you would like your recent blog posts to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit them by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month (mail to: charlottemasonblogs(at)gmail(dot)com).

Love notes: If you read a blog post that is particularly inspiring, please let the blogger know! It is encouraging to interact over what we're thinking and doing and most bloggers would LOVE it if you left them some bloggy love in the comments. :)

::

The CMBC hosts a linky that will remain active throughout the month (add more all month long!). The carnival will be announced via e-mailfacebook page, twitter handleg+ page  - (please feel free to share the current carnival link wherever as often as you'd like!) 

All posts submitted to the CMBC by e-mail before the deadline will be linked via the linky AND one or two will be chosen to be featured every edition, selections will be made at the hostess/editor's discretion.

Nature Study Monday :: April 2015 :: NSM {LinkUP!}




Hellooooo! and thanks for your continued interest in the NSM blog linkups!


We've been a little more relaxed about nature study around here the last few months as we're still doing some catching up on regular schoolwork. So 'scheduled' nature study walks and journaling have been irregular. It's been more free-for-all as in: we fall in love with, have a good look at and document whatever whenever whether it slithers, flutters or just happens by.

This last month, we've acquired a stray kitten, found a snake in the bathroom (whom everyone is happy to have as a permanent guest as long as he stays in an aquarium), as well as other regular visitors who stay long enough to have a good look and then are free to go.


I hope visiting the other homeschool nature study blogs linked below will inspire and encourage you to continue or make a start in your own nature adventures!


Here's a link up for April!

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! 



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: March 2015 :: CMBC


Welcome, Friends!

Thank you for joining us for the March 2015 edition CM Blog Carnival! In February's edition, we accumulated a total of 26 posts during the month! It's so much fun to share ideas and thoughts!* If you haven't had a chance, you may want to bookmark that post to read later. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this month's blog offerings. :)

*See the note below for how you might be able to help the CMBC!

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When perusing the carnival submissions this month, I was encouraged by what many of you are learning and doing with your kids! Thank you for sharing with us. One thing I have been impressed with lately is: Teaching is not an easy job; homeschooling can be an especially daunting task. But, may I suggest that it can be one of the most rewarding?

Working with kids can be awe-inspiring... the way their brains revel in new ideas, how they flourish under the right conditions, and how very unique they are: every. single. one.

Today, I'd like to direct your attention to an amazing lady's blog post where she talks about some amazing transformations worked out in the lives of some amazing kids.

Are you prepared to be amazed?

Let me introduce you to a friend of mine.
Tammy Glaser, mother of Pamela and David, became interested in Charlotte Mason's ideas in 2000 and is astonished to find her understanding still unfolding. She speaks at conferences, writes articles, and keeps blogs. Besides volunteering at Harvest Community School, a Mason-style private school which hosts all kinds of children including some with a variety of needs, she spends her free time knitting and crocheting, reading, tutoring, bird watching, singing, and nurturing her daughter's talent in watercolors. She and her husband Steve share their time between Kansas and South Carolina.

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In her recent post she writes:
"We value feasts, not just food feasts, but feasts of the mind."

"I could spend all night blogging about changed lives. About the girl who never went outside and who now adores going on what she dubbed "the dangerous and wet trail of death" on Friday. About the boy who got upset when asked to read aloud who acted in a play in Charleston last month. About the girl whose third grade teacher made her feel stupid and who now knows how intelligent she really is."

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This month's blog offerings...
(Continue to share your posts here throughout the month)






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More opportunities to hang out together throughout the month:
(Feel free to link your blog post to more than one link up where applicable!)


Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival linky!! - ALL Charlotte Mason educational posts are welcome!!
Keeping Company - Notebooking
Learning by Hand - Handicrafts
Wednesdays with Words - Share quotes from your reading

Do you host a CM related blog link up? 
Please e-mail information to:
charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

Help the CMBC: 
Encourage-A-Blogger: If you come across a helpful article or blog post inspiring to Charlotte Mason educators, please encourage the author to share it with us! We welcome the help! I haven't had much time lately for popping around and browsing blogs to encourage participation like I used to!

Link Yourself: Please feel free to link up posts you finish throughout the entire month with the linky below. Also, if you would like your recent blog posts to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit them by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month (mail to: charlottemasonblogs(at)gmail(dot)com).

Love notes: If you read a blog post that is particularly inspiring, please let the blogger know! It is encouraging to interact over what we're thinking and doing and most bloggers would LOVE it if you left them some bloggy love in the comments. :)

Find the CMBC via e-mailfacebook page, twitter handleg+ page
*See the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival Schedule Page for more information.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Artist Study: Fra Angelico

Just a bunch of links y'all.

I have NO time for a thoughtful post. I'm just quick stashing these in case they need to be found later.
Of course, if it ends up like other stashes, I won't remember that I stashed them at all and forget to even look here...

Anyway.

I used these links this last week in our intro to Fra Angelico studies. Yes, we're still in Term 1 and just starting artist study. Never mind that technically, the first term was supposed to be done before Christmas break...

F.l.e.x.i.b.i.l.i.t.y is the name of the game around here.

Fra Angelico - Massacre of the Innocents - WGA00610
Massacre of the Innocents, Fra Angelico

It had been a few minutes after passing out the prints so they could get an overall sense of the artist's style of work, when my seven year old spoke up about her painting. She said in a completely nonchalant way, "Mom, mine looks like it's about bunch of people trying to kill babies. Could I have a different one?"

It was funny.
You know, funny in a not funny way. Kinda.
Nevermind.

:)



Helpful Links:

for mom.
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/fang/hd_fang.htm

for kids.
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/medieval/art/frangelico.htm

about a fresco.
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/arts/fresco.htm
http://artsmarts4kids.blogspot.com/2007/10/fresco-project.html

a story.
http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=keysor&book=artists5&story=ange


This one might be my favorite:


Transfiguration of Christ, Fra Angelico

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: February 2015 :: CMBC


Welcome, Friends!

Thank you for joining us at the February 2015 edition CM Blog Carnival! In the last edition, during the month of January, you all shared 30 posts! Fun! Everyone's participation is much appreciated! Now, wouldn't it be a kick to see if we could gather up as many or more gems this time around? The more shared, the more there is to read. The more there is to read, the more to think, communicate and learn about. And that's what we're doing this for!

Readers may want to check back again near the end of the month for the latest additions. Also, bloggers, please feel free to link up any additional posts to the linky below, or if you would like yours to be considered as a feature in the next carnival, you may also submit it by e-mail anytime between now and the end of the month.

Whoever you are, blogger or reader, will you consider sharing some bloggy love this month by posting lots, reading lots and/or commenting lots this month?! Well, I know you're busy. So, how 'bout just a little?! ;)

Way back last month, in the reminder e-mail for January's carnival , I tossed the idea out for Nature Study in Winter as one of the optional writing prompts. I know that for many of you who live in northerly climates it's REALLY hard to get outside during the cold months. It may have been my secret scheme to get you out there...

Of course, it's easy for me to say. Look what our winter looks like... :)




Now keep in mind, posts do not have to be on the writing prompt in order to be featured. That happens kind of arbitrarily, I admit. However, it just so happens to have turned out that way this time... and I think you'll be glad.

February Feature:
Nicole at A Sabbath Mood Homeschool has submitted a post that I think, really, REALLY will be an encouragement to you all in your naturally frosty educational endeavors. Her theory is that, yeah, it's tough to get out there. After all, it is COLD! But she found some ideas of Charlotte Mason with which to motivate us, ourselves as well as our students. Here's a quote from her post:
"In Home Education Mason says "The real use of naturalists' books at this stage is to give the child delightful glimpses into the world of wonders he lives in, to reveal the sorts of things to be seen by curious eyes, and fill him with desire to make discoveries for himself.” (Home Education, pg 64)

Maybe what we need, in order to improve our motivation toward winter nature study, is to read some of what was written by the great naturalists who have gone [into the snow and cold elements] before us.""
Does that pique your interest? Do you think she means simply using books INSTEAD of going outside in winter? I guess you won't really know unless you check it out. I'm pretty sure you WILL be encouaraged.

Speaking of Nature Study in winter, several bloggers this time around submitted posts on the subject, and shared below are some of their slightly more appropriately wintry photos. :) Wanna do a scavenger hunt? See if you can find where these are posted...?









There are SO many great posts this month on such a wonderful variety of subjects. Scroll on down to the linky below to check them out. I think you'll find enough to last at least a couple of sittings.

Enjoy!

Until next time...


More opportunities to hang out together throughout the month:
(Feel free to link your blog post to more than one link up where applicable!)


Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival linky!! We would love to visit and learn from you. :) ALL Charlotte Mason educational posts are welcome!!

Keeping Company a linkup dedicated to commonplace books, nature journals, book of centuries, etc.

Nature Study Mondays :: LINKup is a place to share your monthly nature study posts.


Do you host a CM related blog link up? 
Please e-mail information to:
charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

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Check out all the posts for the month here:






As you may remember, we've recently made some changes to the CMBC* in order to make it easier for everybody to enjoy and participate. They are outlined below:

  • 1 CMBC post / month.
  • CMBC will host a linky that will remain active throughout the month (so you can add more posts!).
  • CMBC will be announced via e-mailfacebook page, twitter handle & g+ page 
  • 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. (Every post will be linked (in the linky), but not every post will be featured with a blurb. This will save the hostess a LOT of time!)



*See the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival Schedule Page for more information.
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