Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: The Spring Poetry Edition

Welcome to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: The Spring Poetry Edition!

You are in for a treat. Our fellow bloggers have contributed some delightful posts that will enlighten and inspire you in your homeschooling journey.

Spring will soon be upon us, yet I have very few signs of the season in my chilly Ohio backyard to share with you in pictures. As a substitute I decided to sprinkle the carnival with some poetry excerpts to praise this glorious time of year.

Now settle back with a hot cuppa something and enjoy gleaning lots of ideas from these terrific entries, as you welcome the spring!

"The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in his heaven,
All's right with the world!"

~Robert Browning (Pippa's Song)

Adventures on Beck's Bounty shares encouraging evidence from her backyard that spring is finally here in Spring is Springing. This entry gives me hope!

I always enjoy taking a peek into other homeschoolers' home libraries. Molly at Counter-cultural School has some book recommendations to enhance our nature study in Whatever is Lovely: Nature Study. These are going on my wishlist!

Do you ever hesitate to venture outdoors with your children because of undesirable weather? This post will inspire even the faintest of heart. Homeschooling. Oregon Style. talks about their chilly letterboxing adventure in Charlotte Would Be So Proud and encourages us in the idea that nature study can be done even in inclement weather.

Barb at Handbook of Nature Study gives us some great ideas for tailoring the Outdoor Hour Challenges to our own families and circumstances in How to Use the Outdoor Hour Challenges: Fitting the Challenges to Your Family. I always enjoy turning to Barb's blog for nature study ideas.

Angie from All About Him and her sons went on a nature walk they will not soon forget. She shares the highlights with us in Outdoor Hour Nature Close to Home: Mammals and Weather. If only my family's suburban nature walks could be this eventful!

Kids and Nature is using a daily nature activity calendar for the month of March. She describes their adventures and projects in Meadowlark and includes the link to download a copy of this calendar for you and your children. These daily activities look like a lot of fun.

I'm so thankful that I am able to homeschool, especially when I see my children get excited over nature. In The Joy of Birdwatching I share our winter bird list along with the flurry of excitement that our visitors sometimes create.

"Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough."

~A. E. Housman (A Shropshire Lad)

For a long time now I have wanted to participate in Barb's Sketch Tuesday but just haven't managed to fit it into our schedule. Angie at The One Thing inspires me to finally jump in and give it a try, as she shares her own family's experience with Sketch Tuesday: Tropical Birds.

Cindy at Our Journey Westward shares directions and pictures of a beautiful art project done by her children in Van Gogh's Sunflowers. I think I know which artist we'll be studying next. :)

The Tie That Binds Us gives us a peek into some art and nature study she had the opportunity to do with her younger ones in Limbourger Brothers or The Limberger Cheese Touch? This post will inspire you to set aside some time just for your younger ones.

Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing.
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

~Thomas Nashe (Summer's Last Will and Testament)

Creative Mommy at Established Work inspires us to teach our children a handicraft with some helpful links for teaching crochet and a summary of her family's progress in Handiwork: Teaching Crocheting and Our First Crochet Lesson. She includes links to a pattern for some adorable crocheted animal friends too.

Angie at The One Thing is teaching her boys to sew and shares pictures and directions for their first project in Simple Sewing Project: A Secret Note Holder. This looks like a great starting place for teaching sewing.

I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

~William Wordsworth (Daffodils)

United Teaching is striving to create an atmosphere of learning for her littlest ones. She shares some wonderful ideas for igniting the spark of learning in Lifestyle of Learning for Toddlers.

Living math is something I'd like to do more of in our home. Jimmie at One Child Policy Homeschool shares great ideas for lessons in Graphing and Tangrams with Living Math.

The Lionsgate School describes a new schedule that works well for their lifestyle of learning in Six Reasons Why a Six-Day School Schedule is a Great Success Here.

I hope you've enjoyed this edition of the Charlotte Mason Carnival as much as I've enjoyed hosting. Please take a moment to encourage the contributors with a comment. I know they'll appreciate it!

Don't forget to submit your posts for the next edition, which will be hosted by Jamie at Rose Cottage on March 31st.

Happy Reading and Happy Spring!


  1. Looks great! Can't wait to read them all. Love your vintage clip art, too (I love that site!) :-)

  2. A beautiful carnival! Thank you for hosting - I look forward to visiting them all soon! :)

  3. Oh, I did enjoy it! YOur blog is cheerful, and you did a great job with the carnival. :-)

    I encourage you to plunge into living math. We are LOVING it. I only wish I hadn't waited until 4th grade to start this.

  4. Thanks for hosting such a lovely carnival.

    Grace & Peace,

  5. Thanks Shannon for hosting the carnival. I enjoyed reading the entries and spending a few minutes this morning getting some fresh ideas for my family.

    Lovely carnival.
    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  6. Thanks for hosting the carnival. It has been a pleasure visitng your blog!


  7. Thanks for this! I've only recently discovered blog carnivals and am really enjoying going through these.

  8. What a great Carnival!! Thanks for hosting. I'll be back and forth a few times this week reading all the entries - and getting to know you and your family through the pages of your lovely blog!!


  9. Just finished reading every post...
    what a great array of knowledge and info.

  10. I'm a little late finding the latest carnival entry but thanks for hosting! I look forward to reading all of these!!!

  11. Shannon,
    I am new here to the carnival and I enjoyed your blog entries. I enjoyed your music as well. Keep the Faith, Marie

  12. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




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