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Monday, August 10, 2015

Composer Study: Brahms

The upcoming Composer Study on the AO rotation for fall is Brahms.

Johannes Brahms
"Johannes Brahms" by C. Brasch, Berlin - http://www.oberlin.edu/library/graphics/SCP/Brahms.gif. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

As far as I can remember, I know next to nothing about him, so I am looking forward to reading, listening and learning along with my kids this term. Here's the information I've gathered so far. I'll plan to do composer study much the same way we always have.

In the old days, I used to try to help y'all out by linking to youtube vids and making printables and such, but now there are mama's way quicker than I am. I'm so thankful for AO users over at the forum... they were a HUGE help by doing all the work this time around! See helpful links.

Helpful Links:

See discussion over at the AO forum about Composer Studies... Not a member yet? Sign up here.

One generous AO user put a Brahms youtube playlist together for us! Thank you Islavet!
And another helpful AO user made a pdf with short bios of all this year's composers, from Harriet Brower's book, The World's Great Men of Music: Story-Lives of Master Musicians. Thanks Keac!


If you have an amazon prime account
you can stream the Big Brahms Box for free!
OR
Buy the Brahms album here
(100 tracks for a little more than $2!):



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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: August 2015 :: CMBC



Summer is winding down to August, and many of us are gearing up for a new school year.

How are things going for you?

I sincerely hope you've had plenteous opportunities to relish in your favorite people and places.
Seen bumps along the way? I pray that you've found consolation and rest.

What will the rest of this month look like for you? Are you still planning? Have you already started?
We'd be delighted if you'd share what's going on in your homeschool in August.

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Be sure to check out last month's CMBC THIRTY-ONE posts!!

Have questions about Charlotte Mason and how to implement her ideas? 
Join us at the AmblesideOnline forum for daily discussion!
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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 and as often as you'd like!) 

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Green Ember is FREE! & Pre-order the newest book!


i pre-listened to the audiobook of The Green Ember by S.D. Wilson
i know my younger set of kids are gonna love it! 
can't wait to share it with them... and for the new book!
i went ahead and pre-ordered it since it's only $4.

FREE TODAY! If your family loves a new adventure with an old soul, 
get The Green Ember, for $0. 
Also, check out S. D. Smith’s new book, The Black Star of Kingston. 
#RabbitsWithSwords



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: July 2015 :: CMBC

A few days late. No need for excuses, 'cause it's summer!
Which means.. Projects. BIG projects. Travel plans. Lazy play days. BBQs. Family. Get-togethers.


What do you do during summer? Any educational plans for July? I know some people school year-round or are on the other side of the globe where it's winter... How's that going for you? If you haven't checked them out yet, go see the twenty-eight posts of June
Be sure to enjoy July!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

my BIG summer project.



#discoverreading
#writing
#charlottemason


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival :: June 2015 :: CMBC



Hello June!
Many homeschoolers are looking out at that vast expanse of summer wonder ahead - a break from school and maybe even exciting vacation plans! Understandably, homeschool bloggers are very likely to be planning on less school-related blogging as well. Or, at least I hope you might be! :) Perhaps those upcoming relaxed summer days might allow for some of that much coveted time for reflection and planning! When you do blog this summer, will you please consider sharing with us? Even if it’s just a picture peek…

I only received a few of posts ahead of time and am happy to be able to feature all of them in this edition!

Over at Living Books Library, Liz writes a thoughtful post about truth in fiction titled, Charlotte Mason On the Reading of Novels (check out more neat thoughts in the comments as well!).  She starts out...
"Emily and I bristle when, on a fairly frequent basis, a child in our library informs us that "fiction is fake," or "I want to read a true book," though we know that these ideas are not their own, but have been adopted from adults in their lives."


Nancy shares a few thoughts on prayer and the very refreshing time she shared at a CM gathering in Arkansas. It looks like they had an absolutely LOVELY time!



You’ll be able to empathize with My Peace and her effort to put nature study principles into action...
"I determine to open my eyes, open my ears…even amidst the chaos and complaints (and the dog finding something stinky to roll in). And you know what? It was beautiful. It was soul-reviving! “


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Thank you for joining us in May at the CM Blog Carnival! Please continue to share throughout the month. *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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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. :)


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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.

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.
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