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59 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Wisdom in Principles with Karen Glass (Revisited)
Eighteen months ago, Amy caught wind that Karen Glass had a new project around Charlotte Mason's Home Education. Karen was removing distracting, outdated references, adding back in some essays that had been moved to other volumes, and writing some study questions to help the modern reader see the principles behind Miss Mason's writing. Karen has now published her book, A Thinking Love: Studies from Charlotte Mason's Home Education. Congratulations, Karen, we love the title! We think it's a great time to re-release Karen's interview. It will be an encouragement from beginning to end. Originally, we aired this as two episodes to keep consistency with the rest of our season, but for this special occasion we are sharing it as one long episode. Enjoy! Get a copy of Karen's book. Find the original show notes.
27 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Time for a Charlotte Mason Summer
It's summer! Whether you follow a more traditional school schedule or school year-round, if you're in the northern hemisphere, it's time for some sun and hopefully some fun. In our season finale, Leah and Amy chat about what we do when we're not doing school and how our children (not to mention ourselves) can find living ideas to grow and inspire wherever we live. Don't forget that our new self-paced course, Education is a Life is open for registration! It's a great way to get in some mother culture over the summer. For full show notes, visit : https://thinkinglove.education/2022/06/02/charlotte-mason-summer/
36 minutes | May 19, 2022
Technology and the Charlotte Mason Homeschool with Dachelle McVey
Technological advances seem to happen faster and faster, and for many of us homeschool moms, we would prefer to tuck ourselves away with our book stacks and nature journals. But hiding from the Information Age could mean that we are missing opportunities to enrich our homeschools on one hand, and prepare our children for the world they will live in. Join us as we chat with Dachelle McVey about how to balance our concerns with technology and social media with taking advantage of the best it has to offer. You can learn more about Dachelle at https://hidethechocolate.com/thinkinglove for some special freebies for our listeners, and at https://literaryadventuresforkids.com (her language arts curriculum). Our new course, Education is a Life, is now open for registration after running in beta. We've made some tweaks and added some bonus content that we think you'll love. Head to our website to register! For full show notes, head to: https://thinkinglove.education/2022/05/19/charlotte-mason-technology/
33 minutes | May 5, 2022
Charlotte Mason and Special Needs Kids with Amy Bodkin
Is the Charlotte Mason method enough? In a world full of pressure to achieve and attain, most of us have asked this question. Perhaps it looms largest on the minds of parents of kids with special needs. But for education specialist and home educator Amy Bodkin, the answer is a definite, "Yes". If your child is a born person, the Charlotte Mason method is not only enough, but it is the foundation for an education that will let your child flourish. Join us as we talk with Amy about how the Charlotte Mason method comes to life in her family. Learn more about Amy on her website and at Charlotte Mason Plenary. Read the full show notes: https://thinkinglove.education/2022/05/05/charlotte-mason-special-needs/
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Habit Training and Neuro-Divergent Kids
In this episode of the podcast, Amy and Leah circle back to the topic of habit training, but with a special focus this time on kids with differently wired brains. We explore how we might expand our understanding of "Education is a Discipline" and think about how to break habits down in order to help our kids learn and grow - starting right where they are. Join us as we break down Charlotte Mason's 'big three' habits (obedience, attention, and truthfulness) from the perspective of neuro-divergent children. In this episode we mention our Habit Training Workshop as well as Leah's executive function cards. For full show notes, head to our website.
29 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
The Case for (Charlotte Mason Kindergarten)
In the last episode of the podcast, Amy and Leah explored what Charlotte Mason really said about kindergarten. Today, they are back with Jennifer Dowdy from Charlotte Mason Mama to talk about how and why we might want to create a kindergarten year for our younger children. Jennifer, a veteran Charlotte Mason homeschooler of thirteen years, shares incredible insight into how to make kindergarten a beautiful introduction to education. Learn more about Jennifer and her curriculum, The Enchanted Kindergarten, at https://charlottemasonmama.com. Read the full show notes at: https://thinkinglove.education/2022/04/07/charlotte-mason-kindergarten-how/
27 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
What Charlotte Mason Thought about Kindergarten
On the Thinking Love podcast, we love to bust Charlotte Mason myths and in this episode we're taking on kindergarten. While we firmly believe in 'gentle and quiet early years', Charlotte Mason never said that kindergarten is wrong, harmful, or off-limits. Tune in for a helpful conversation about how to approach the education of our five and six year olds. This episode is sponsored by the Wise Beginnings Summit. If you’re thinking about your child’s early years and laying a beautiful foundation for their future learning, you can purchase the Wise Beginnings Summit through our website. Featuring Amber O’Neil Johnston from Heritage Mom, we each share practical advice and encouragement for the early years - Charlotte Mason style! Find out more at thinkinglove.education/wisebeginnings. And of course, don't forget to register for our new course, Education is a Life!
36 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Charlotte Mason Narration in Action
Amy and Leah are back for a new season of the Thinking Love Podcast. Our theme for the next few months is Charlotte Mason in the Real World because sometimes we struggle when our ideals meet our reality. To kick off this season, we are chatting about one of the most practical Charlotte Mason ideas: narration. Narration seems so simple, but it's not always straightforward, so we dig into what it is, why we are doing it, and how to help our kids if they are struggling. The beta version of our new course, Education is a Life, starts on April 4th. Register now for a special discounted price! Find show notes here: https://thinkinglove.education/2022/03/10/charlotte-mason-narration/
28 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Homeschooling with Joy
The word "joy" has a strong association with the Christmas season. The angels bring good tidings of great joy. One of the Advent candles represents joy. The word joy is often printed on decorations and Christmas cards! In this episode, Leah and Amy ask what joy really is, and how we can have more of it in our homeschools. We hope that this conclusion to our 'Art of Homeschooling' season encourages you to cultivate joy in your home this Advent and Christmas season. Find the full show notes on the Thinking Love website.
30 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Teaching without Words: Using Masterly Inactivity in Your Home
As homeschoolers, we often focus on what we do: the curriculum we use, the books we read, the co-ops we join. Charlotte Mason, however, reminds us that our children's most important lessons often have nothing to do with us. In this episode, we explore masterly inactivity - how the art of doing nothing allows atmosphere to play its part in the lives of our children. For full show notes, visit: https://thinkinglove.education/2021/11/18/teaching-without-words/
35 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
The Art of Morning Time
Join Amy and Leah as they chat with Cindy Rollins about her new book, Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love. The conversations roams from what morning time is, how it fits into a Charlotte Mason homeschool, how morning time cultivates a family culture, and even what to do when your children try to sabotage your plans! For full show-notes, visit https://thinkinglove.education/2021/11/04/morning-time/. You can find Cindy, including information about her book and her Patreon, at https://morningtimeformoms.com. She is also a host on the Literary Life Podcast: https://theliterary.life.
27 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Cultivating a Love of Music in Your Charlotte Mason Homeschool
Charlotte Mason wrote that "music is a necessary part of education." While she recommended that students learn to sing and play an instrument, at the core of Charlotte Mason music learning is enjoyment. That's right - the best thing we can do for our kids is to put on music and enjoy it with our kids. In this conversation, Amy and Leah talk through the three main points of Charlotte Mason music, share some of their favorite resources for incorporating music into their homes, and divulge some of their favorite (silly) musical family pastimes. For full show notes, please visit: https://thinkinglove.education/2021/10/21/charlotte-mason-homeschool-music/ Mentioned in the show: Hoffman Academy (for piano lessons) Clap for Classics Singing Made Easy (affiliate link)
35 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
How to Teach Homeschool Art (the Charlotte Mason Way)
In this episode of Thinking Love, we are joined by Dallas Nachtigall from Bestowing the Brush to talk about the art of teaching homeschool art. Dallas has thrown herself into researching art instruction in Charlotte Mason's schools and, as an artist herself, now helps homeschool moms bring art instruction into their homes. We had a great conversation about teaching art Charlotte Mason style and how to keep a positive atmosphere around art in your home (especially if you don't count yourself as 'artistic'). Find full show notes here: https://thinkinglove.education/2021/10/07/teach-charlotte-mason-art/ Find Thinking Love Merch or register for our Habit Training Workshop here: https://thinkinglove.education/shop
30 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Homeschool Scheduling In Real Life
A homeschool schedule can help us bring our big picture ideas into daily life, but that doesn't mean it's easy. In fact, bridging the gap between our plans and our reality might be one of the most challenging parts of homeschooling. In this episode, Leah and Amy discuss the art of scheduling a Charlotte Mason homeschool. How do you make plans that flex and adapt when you get hit with a curveball, whether it's dawdling over lessons or a toddler who needs some extra attention? For full show notes: https://thinkinglove.education/2021/09/23/homeschool-schedule-real/ To learn about our habit training course, our early years summit, or to check out our Charlotte Mason inspired merch: https://thinkinglove.education/shop
28 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
The Art of Charlotte Mason Homeschooling
In this season of the Thinking Love Podcast, Amy and Leah are talking about homeschooling as an art, beginning with what Charlotte Mason means when she says that we need a method, not a system. Join us for a conversation about the temptations of system-type thinking (and where that shows up), where we might want to use a system, and how to keep our homeschools making progress toward our long-term goals. For full show notes: https://thinkinglove.education/2021/09/09/charlotte-mason-homeschooling-method/ To learn about our habit training course, our early years summit, or to check out our Charlotte Mason inspired merch: https://thinkinglove.education/shop
36 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Wisdom and Humility with Min Hwang
We close out our wisdom season with a conversation with Min Hwang talking about why Charlotte Mason's view of humility wasn't entirely complete, and what we can do to gain knowledge without pride. FInd out more about Life-Giving Motherhood (referral link). Register the Wise Beginnings Summit!
26 minutes | May 25, 2021
Geography With Wisdom
Let's discuss geography, what it looks like in our homeschools, and how it can help us to have wisdom about the wider world.
30 minutes | May 13, 2021
Wisdom in Principles- Interview with Karen Glass Part 2
In the second part of our interview with Karen Glass, we discuss Mrs. Glass's preferred method of reading Charlotte Mason's volumes, the importance of seeking out her principles, and a word of wisdom for young homeschooling moms.
27 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Wisdom in Principles: An Interview With Karen Glass
We talked to Karen Glass about principles and why it's important to draw them out of Charlotte Mason's volumes. She also told us about her new project, which we're so excited for!
29 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Wisdom, Knowledge, and Facts
How do wisdom, knowledge, and facts all fit together? How are the goals of public education and homeschooling different?
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