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Information for 2016 W.H.O. Convention attendees (and others)

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. 😀

Free Scope-and-Sequence
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:

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:

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. 😀



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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Q&A: Choosing Books

by Catherine Levison
Guest Contributor


“I’ve been hard at work planning our new school year and I think I’m making it more complicated than it needs to be, trying to find the ‘perfect’ books that ‘can’t miss.’  I was worried that we’d get bored reading the same books over and over. My kids are very close together (four children in a five year spread), and even a good book gets old if you read it over four times in a row!  I’d like to stay away from a set curriculum, which is more like Continue reading

Q&A: Book of the Centuries


“I’ve heard great things about keeping a Century Book. Will you please explain how to make and use one?”

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