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Twaddle-Free Education™ Workshops

Due to popular demand, I’ve been putting together a series of Charlotte Mason related workshops.  If your support group or local homeschooling convention is looking for a speaker, here are some of the topics I’m currently prepared to speak about (more in the works):

  • A Twaddle-Free Education™:  Charlotte Mason in a Nutshell
  • Homeschooling with a Rock Bottom Budget
  • Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?
  • Habits: The Twaddle-Free Education™ Secret to Success
  • Coping Strategies to Avoid Home School Burnout
  • Nature Study:  Becoming a Homegrown Naturalist
  • Reading and Writing in a Charlotte Mason Home
  • Art Appreciation, Poetry, and Shakespeare
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Home Education
  • Twaddle-Free Education™ for Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Early Elementary Twaddle-Free Education™
  • College Prep for the Home School
  • To Schedule or Not to Schedule?
  • Writers Write, Right? (for any group, not just homeschoolers)

I can also put together an all-day Twaddle-Free Education™ seminar or retreat based on Charlotte Mason principles covering many of the topics above (or your choice of CM-related topics).  I’m located in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State.  If you live outside of the Puget Sound region, travel expenses and lodging will be required, as well.  Contact me to discuss details at:  DSimple@aol.com

Looking forward to speaking with you about your groups’ needs.  I’m also available for one-on-one mentoring/consulting for home educators via phone, email, or in-person (if you live locally).


Scope-and-Sequence for Charlotte Mason-Inspired Homeschooling

I’ve heard that Charlotte Mason didn’t keep an official Scope-and-Sequence in her schools or for her home study programs.   She encouraged teachers, parents, tutors, and nannies to come up with their own schedule of study each year to keep the topics fresh for the teacher as well as the student.  You often teach best what you’re enthusiastic about because your excitement can be contagious.

But I find that many modern day Charlotte Mason homeschoolers want some guidance about what exactly to study and when.

Numerous people I’ve talked with over the years (including myself) have found the series of Core Knowledge books by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. to be an excellent and highly useful outline of what to study when.  The series covers each grade level from Kindergarten through 6th grade.  These home educators use the Core Knowledge books as their scope-and-sequence, and then flesh out the various topics with living books and use other Charlotte Mason techniques like narration, short lessons, and nature study to bring the curriculum alive.

Just my humble thoughts — following a quarter century of homeschooling — for what it’s worth.