Category Archives: Sheila Carroll

Guest Article: Home School Science – Studying Microclimates


by Sheila Carroll
Guest Contributor


Getting out into the woods, yard or even nearby vacant lot is one of the best means of gaining an understanding of natural processes–a key discipline in the sciences. Charlotte Mason, a British educational reformer saw the study of nature as the means of training the senses to absorb the all-important details and then to draw conclusions. Continue reading

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Guest Article: The Missing Ingredient in Reading Instruction


by Sheila Carroll
Guest Contributor


What if there was one simple thing you could do to ensure your child would read well and enjoy reading?

What if that thing didn’t cost a penny?

Would you be interested?

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Teaching Elementary Science with Great Literature


by Sheila Carroll
Guest Contributor


How do you teach a fact-heavy subject like science with great literature? First, science is not fact-heavy, or, at least it ought not to be. British educator, Charlotte Mason called science the study of “the great scheme of the unity of life”.

Abstract concepts become easy to picture and understand when they are experienced in context. A picture-packed, glitzy book filled with facts cannot teach “the great scheme of unity of life” but literature and hands-on experimentation can. Continue reading

Spelling with Charlotte Mason’s Dictation Method

by Sheila Carroll
Guest Contributor

Are you a cracker-jack speller? Or, does the subject of spelling produce a groan? Most people struggle with spelling.  Likely it is because they were not taught to picture the word before spelling it.

Charlotte Mason, an English educational reformer, had one of the best ideas I have come across of teaching children to spell by seeing the words before they spell them.  Ms. Mason felt that the secret of spelling lay in the habit of visualizing words from memory.   Continue reading

Copywork Jumpstarts Your Child’s Spelling

by Sheila Carrol
Guest Contributor

Homeschool families know the value of good penmanship and many introduce copywork as an aid to good writing. But, did you know that copywork can also help your child be an outstanding speller?

What is Copywork?

Copywork is copying out by hand from a written source. The value of copywork is to instill the mechanics of great writing. Children learn proper grammar, spelling and Continue reading