I was a Featured Speaker at the Washington Homeschool Organization‘s annual convention this past weekend. During and after my sessions, a number of people asked about specific resources.
I promised I’d provide the requested information here on my blog.
So here you go. 😀
World Book Typical Course of Study
- World Book encyclopedia has a free scope-and-sequence for each grade level (Preschool thru 12th) on their website. I’ve discovered occasionally they move things around on their site. I’m going to give you the link to the current location, but if you find at a later time that it takes you to some other page on their site or gives you a “Page Not Found” message, just search for “Typical Course of Study” on their site.
Non-test Assessment Service by Mail (Washington State residents)
Family Learning Organization (FLO) Testing Services
- When we were still home educating (my children are all grown), I frequently used the FLO non-test assessment to meet the Washington State yearly testing requirement. I personally didn’t care for the idea of standardized testing. The people at FLO were wonderful and can work with you, no matter what your style of home education might look like: Classical, textbooks, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, Waldorf, etc.
My weekly chore lists we talked about during Coping Strategies workshop
Debi’s Weekly Chore Lists
- When I think about all the chores that need to be done to keep a home functioning, and then think about applying Charlotte Mason’s ideas about habit formation to every single one of those chores, my brain cramps up and I don’t do anything at all. But I found by making a checklist of daily/weekly chores, I only had to build in ONE habit–the habit of checking the chore list each day. It worked for me (and nothing worked for me). That’s why I have a blog called I’m NOT Susie Homemaker. 😉
My homeschooling checklist
Scheduling a Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Day
- You’ll find a description of the check list and also a link to the list’s pdf so you can download and print it out for use in your home if you think this idea might work for you. It worked for me! (You may have noticed a theme here … I like checklists. They work for me. Your mileage may vary.) 🙂
A quick overview of how to start using Charlotte Mason methods
Where to Begin with CM?
- There are rigorous ways of applying Charlotte Mason methods in a homeschool setting, but there are also a number of people who have chosen to use her methods in combination with other ideas, as well. I’ve always been one of the more laid back, less rigorous Charlotte Mason-style home educators. I personally feel a great way to get started exploring Mason’s ideas is by easing into it, even combining her methods with other curriculum you already use, etc. That was actually how I started out. Each month, I’d add in one more method or idea, until eventually we were doing almost 100% Charlotte Mason-style homeschooling.
The following were books people repeatedly asked me about throughout the convention as they furiously scribbled titles and authors:
- The 3 R’s, by Ruth Beechick
- For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
- Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax
- Better Late Than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
And I’d sold out of a number of titles at my book table so I promised I’d provide links so people could order those books on Amazon:
- Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success
- The Outdoor Life of Children: The Importance of Nature Study and Outside Activities
- Ideas and Books: The Means of Education
- Mix-n-Match Recipes: Creative Ideas for Today’s Busy Kitchens
- Frugal Living for Dummies® (Wiley)
- The Frozen Assets cookbook series
If I forgot to answer anyone’s direct question from the conference, please feel free to ask your question again in the comment section below.
I had such a great time at the W.H.O. Convention this year! Such a wonderful cross-section of friendly homeschoolers in attendance. You all made my week! I’m still smiling. Thanks so much for being such a great group. 😀