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Charlotte Mason-related Workshops

A Twaddle-Free EducationAnyone out there looking for a Charlotte Mason speaker for your homeschooling conference or convention? Now that I’m finished with Grad school, I have the time to be involved in speaking again.

So far this year, I’ve been a Featured Speaker at the Washington Homeschool Organization’s large convention (four featured workshops) and I also presented an introductory CM workshop at the Oregon Home Educator Network (OHEN) conference in the Portland area.

Now’s the time to begin looking ahead to the upcoming school year and to get started on next year’s convention planning.

I’m also willing to do an all-day Charlotte Mason presentation for your support group or organization. Looking forward to seeing if we can match my expertise with your group’s needs this year. 🙂

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Random Collage

One of my personal stress relievers is to make random collages in a notebook I keep just for the purpose. I only started doing this a couple of years ago, so my children were all grown by the time Mommy had a collage book. But you know what’s interesting? Even as adults, they all took one look at what I was doing and suddenly wanted to start playing with collage and collage poetry, too. I guess it’s never too late to influence your children.

Maybe your children (or even you?) might enjoy some collage time to destress and let out some of that inner creative bent we can sometimes lose touch with over the years.

I’m thinking about this because I spent a few minutes this week scanning some of my collages onto my computer. I added one to my random “just for fun” adventure blog.  If you’re curious, it’s linked here.

You don’t have to be an artist to find creative joy in collage. And it’s almost as much fun as those new coloring books for adults! Actually, I think it’s more fun. But your mileage may vary.

In case you’re wondering, I use a regular blank sketchbook (the type I use for keeping nature notebooks), old magazines, wrapping paper, and whatever else I find around the house that looks fun … and glue sticks.  Lots of glue sticks. 🙂


My bookshelves

Because people on my Facebook page were recently asking what our homeschool supplies looked like, I walked around the house and took random photos of a few of our bookshelves that still contain books we used while homeschooling. My children are all grown and finished with homeschooling and most of our actual “school-books” and assorted educational supplies are boxed up for transport to and from CM-related workshops I conduct locally to use for a table display.

Most of our family’s books were found inexpensively at thrift stores, garage sales, library book sales, estate sales, and given as gifts.  Even my complete set of First Edition (!) Harvard Classics was found at a garage sale for only $25!  Whenever someone would ask what to buy as a gift for my children or my family, I would give them a list of books we were wanting. Continue reading

A Twaddle-Free Education

51BlGAcUHnLA Twaddle-free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas

Author: Deborah Taylor-Hough
Released: April 23rd, 2015
Paperback: 148 pages
ISBN-10: 0692431284
ISBN-13: 978-0692431283
Publisher: Simple Pleasures Press
List Price: $11.99  Reduced! $6.99

To order your copy of A Twaddle-Free Education via, simply click on the book cover’s image or click here.


Are you disappointed with dumbed-down reading material (“twaddle”) written for children? Do you wish for your children to feast their hearts and minds on noble ideas, fine art, and great literature? Are you hoping your children gain an appreciation of nature and a deep understanding of natural sciences? Most importantly, do you want your children to develop a lifetime love of learning? If you answered “yes,” you may discover a Charlotte Mason-inspired twaddle-free education is just what you’ve been looking for.

Charlotte Mason was British educator from the last century whose ideas are currently experiencing a renewal among home schools and private schools throughout the world.  This book is one mother’s experiences and thoughts on applying a Charlotte Mason-style education in a modern American home school setting.


In the mid-1990’s, Deborah Taylor-Hough set up one of the first Charlotte Mason homeschooling websites and edited The Charlotte Mason Monthly newsletter. Debi currently edits The Charlotte Mason eMagazine and blogs at


  • My Introduction to Charlotte Mason
  • Charlotte Mason in a Nutshell
  • Narration Tips
  • Natural Nature Learning
  • Homeschooling with a Rock Bottom Budget (excerpt)
  • Scheduling a Charlotte Mason-style Homeschooling Day
  • Twaddle-Free Literature by Grade Level
  • Frugal Family Field Trips
  • Twaddle-Free Holidays
  • Interview with the Author
  • Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?

… and more!


  • “This was my first Charlotte Mason read and I found it so practical and refreshing. It’s filled with simple explanations and ideas of how to implement a CM approach to your homeschool. I will definitely include this on my list of recommended resources for moms interested in exploring CM homeschooling.” – Mama Rhody
  • “I am enjoying this book. My child is a little older so this is more for younger children. Wish I had started homeschooling earlier!” – Victoria M.
  • “I just started homeschooling last year. Out of all the styles out there Charlotte Mason’s methods looked like the best fit for my family. I have spent quite a bit of time reading over The Original Homeschool Series books, and this book is a lot easier to read and is full of great ideas. Thank you so much Deborah.” – Erin
  • “When I began my journey into homeschooling, I researched many methods, but kept coming back to Charlotte Mason’s ideas. They really resonate with me and my personal beliefs and are a good fit for our family school. The writing style of this book is easy to read, and there are many references to Charlotte’s extensive writings. I always appreciate reading about other homeschooling moms’ experiences; it helps me to stay on track and keep a long term perspective. I look forward to finishing this book, and will definitely recommend it to others who are curious about The CM method and how to implement it in their own family schools.” – Gina E.

A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas by Deborah Taylor-Hough is available in both paperback and Kindle ebook formats.

If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app at Amazon to use to read Kindle books on your personal computer, tablet, or smart phone.  If you purchase a paperback edition of the book from Amazon, you’ll be eligible for a free Kindle version, as well. 2-for-1!

Q&A: Habits


Cynthia Ann says–

  • “Habits. I’m super excited to have habit training as the foundation of my Home atmosphere although as a newcomer to CM and HS I’m a bit overwhelmed by the idea. If you did/do habit training is there a book or outline you followed that you’d recommend? I plan on using Laying Down the Rails by Sonya Shafer but I wanted to get other opinions and options I may be missing. Thanks.”

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