I recently discovered a couple of new sites and blogs that I really have enjoyed. I'll add them to my sidebar but wanted to highlight them here as well.
For a while now I have been interested in learning more about Maria Montessori's ideas and teaching methods, but I just haven't had the time to delve in quite yet. I vaguely remember reading that some of her ideas were similar to those of Charlotte Mason, and we have really benefited from incorporating a lot of Miss Mason's ideas into our "learning lifestyle". Here is a Montessori link that was given to me by Vicki over on the FIAR boards.
Montessori for Everyone - offers some wonderful free downloads, many of them with beautiful, color graphics, covering a wide variety of subjects.
Here is a great blog with lots of wonderful Montessori alphabet ideas.
I have been a fan of the Real Learning blog for quite some time. Its author, Elizabeth Foss, is also the author of Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home, a favorite book of mine. At her blog you can see how she beautifully implements so much that the Charlotte Mason approach has to offer. Until this last week, though, I had managed to miss another blog of hers called Serendipity. You can find there different unit studies that she has written and is using with her children. She graciously offers downloads of the lesson plans for free. She has a math adventure going on that involves gnomes and gemstones, and there's also a lovely alphabet story involving fairies and flowers.