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Welcome to the Charlotte Mason Show; a podcast dedicated to discussing Miss Mason’s philosophy, principles, and methods. It is our hope that each episode will leave you inspired and offer practical wisdom on how to provide this rich living education in your modern homeschool. On Wednesdays you can listen in on discussions with Charlotte Mason mammas, interviews with seasoned homeschool parents, and even CM 101 classes. On Fridays, you can get a weekend boost of encouragement with audioblogs read by a variety of Charlotte Mason writers, excerpts from Miss Mason’s own volumes, and articles from the Parent's Review magazines. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Pull up a chair, we are so glad you are here. - Julie H. Ross, Host

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CM 3 Episode #1 Help, I’m New to Homeschooling With Julie H. Ross and Shay Kemp

CM 3 Episode #1 Help, I’m New to Homeschooling With Julie H. Ross and Shay Kemp

Julie talks with fellow homeschooler Shay Kemp about the basics of getting started with homeschooling and how to navigate the transition with if you are new to educating at home. They address the importance of routines, creating a positive atmosphere, flexibility, morning time and realistic expectations along with other issues that are vital to new homeschoolers.

CM 2 Episode #14 How to Get Your Kids Outside and Wild About Math with Julie H. Ross and Rachel Tidd

CM 2 Episode #14 How to Get Your Kids Outside and Wild About Math with Julie H. Ross and Rachel Tidd

Rachel Tidd is the author of Wild Math, and a homeschooling mother of two wild and adventurous boys. They live in a log cabin just outside of Ithaca, NY where they enjoy tromping through woods, swimming in the lakes, and exploring gorges. Prior to having children, Rachel taught first grade as well as grades 3-6 as a special education teacher. She holds an M.S.Ed. in Special and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Analysis from SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

CM 2 Episode #12 Role of the Teacher with Guest Shay Kemp

CM 2 Episode #12 Role of the Teacher with Guest Shay Kemp

In this episode, Julie talks with fellow homeschooler Shay Kemp about the role of the teacher in the Charlotte Mason approach. They discuss Charlotte Mason’s expectations for teachers, how this role is different from the role of a teacher in a traditional classroom, and what components make up a lesson in a Charlotte Mason homeschool.

CM 2 Episode #11 The Power of Notebooking to Transform Student’s Learning with guest Celeste Cruz

CM 2 Episode #11 The Power of Notebooking to Transform Student’s Learning with guest Celeste Cruz

Charlotte Mason included several notebooks in her curriculum. In this episode Julie interviews Celeste Cruz from Joyous Lessons. They discuss the different types notebooks, their purpose, and how they enhance learning. Wondering how to practically make a habit of keeping in your home, this is the episode for you! As a mom of 10 children and a devoted student of Charlotte Mason’s work, Celeste has a wealth of information to share.

CM 2 Episode #10 Scholé in a Charlotte Mason Education with Guest Brandy Vencel

CM 2 Episode #10 Scholé in a Charlotte Mason Education with Guest Brandy Vencel

Schole is the approach of restful learning about what is true, good, and beautiful. How does this approach apply to a Charlotte Mason Education? Is it possible to practically make this a priority in our homes? You won’t want to miss this insightful episode with veteran Charlotte Mason expert, Brandy Vencel as she upacks the concept of Schole hopefully leaving you encouraged to think deeply and explore big ideas.

CM 2 Episode #9 5 Tips To Train Your Child In The Habit Of Obedience Crystal Wagner

CM 2 Episode #9 5 Tips To Train Your Child In The Habit Of Obedience Crystal Wagner

Habit training does not happen overnight. You will need to devote time and energy to developing the habit of obedience in your home. Don’t become overwhelmed by expecting perfect obedience immediately. Begin with one of the steps above and implement it faithfully. You will see results.

CM 2 Episode #8 Ginny Yurich 1000 Hours Outside

CM 2 Episode #8 Ginny Yurich 1000 Hours Outside

The average American child spends only 4-7 MINUTES outside every day in unstructured play. Charlotte Mason recommends 4 HOURS in outside activities daily. How can we bridge this gap? Ginny Yurich of 1000 Hours Outside offers practical wisdom and inspiration to help you make outside time a priority in your homeschool.

CM 2 Episode #7 Family Life Shay Kemp Audioblog

CM 2 Episode #7 Family Life Shay Kemp Audioblog

Family life may be said to be the test of Home Education, the great Problem that all parents are trying to solve, the training ground of each new generation--and as such it is one of the most comprehensive titles under which such an address as you ask me to give to-day, can be announced.

CM 2 Episode #6 Sarah Ruth Owens, Can You Really Homeschool and Work From Home?

CM 2 Episode #6 Sarah Ruth Owens, Can You Really Homeschool and Work From Home?

Because of Covid 19, most of America is having to navigate the waters of balancing homeschooling and work. Perhaps you are considering continuing to homeschool and wondering how to keep working. Or maybe you are currently homeschooling, but need to bring in extra income. Either way homeschooling and being a working mom don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In this super practical episode, SarahRuth Owens discusses finding balance and managing your time as a working homeschooling mom- because ALL homeschooling moms are working, whether it is a paid position, volunteering, caring for an elderly parent, or managing a home.

CM 2 Episode #5 A High School Charlotte Mason Education Part II Julie H. Ross

CM 2 Episode #5 A High School Charlotte Mason Education Part II Julie H. Ross

In today's Charlotte Mason Show podcast, Julie discusses the practical applications of using a Charlotte Mason approach in high school, focusing on literary analysis and how to continue with narrations through the high school years.

CM 2 Episode #4  A High School Charlotte Mason Education Part I Julie H. Ross

CM 2 Episode #4 A High School Charlotte Mason Education Part I Julie H. Ross

Today Julie talks about why homeschooling in high school can be so beneficial and covers questions that many parents have about homeschooling during this time. She discusses that the principles and methods don’t change for the high school years but allow us to provide a feast of knowledge for our children.

CM 2 Episode #3 10 Reasons Not to Homeschool Christina Umbriaco

CM 2 Episode #3 10 Reasons Not to Homeschool Christina Umbriaco

You probably already do homeschool but you’ve also probably realized by now how insanely hard it is (or can be) so I’ve made you a list of a *few* more reasons why it’s probably not a good idea.

CM 2 Episode 2 Fairy Stories as a Help or Hindrance in Education Julie H. Ross

CM 2 Episode 2 Fairy Stories as a Help or Hindrance in Education Julie H. Ross


"A primrose by a river's brim
A yellow primrose was to him—
And it was nothing more."

I think if Peter Bell had been a "P.N.E.U. child" the primrose would have been something more to him—because fairy stories would have formed part of his education.

Fairy tales are of the greatest importance in the early education of both the imaginative and unimaginative child. In the case of the first, they supply food for the child's eager fancy, in the case of the second they bring to life a very necessary quality.

CM 2 Episode #1 On Fourteen Years of Home Education

CM 2 Episode #1 On Fourteen Years of Home Education

This Spring marks 14 years since I felt the soul-stirring to bring my oldest home from a transitional kindergarten into learning at home. My homeschool journey has not been a neat and tidy trip down an educational highway, but more like a spontaneous trip out West without a map or money on back roads in a beat-up VW bus. I have no perfect, prescribed plan to offer.

CM #33: Charlotte Mason Over the Summer- Julie Ross

CM #33: Charlotte Mason Over the Summer- Julie Ross

In this podcast, Julie reads some Parent’s Review Articles and offers some advice about what to do during the summer holidays.

CM 31: Charlotte Mason 101 Teaching Reading the CM way

CM 31: Charlotte Mason 101 Teaching Reading the CM way

Charlotte Mason wrote that the traditional methods of teaching reading in her day were “one of the many ways in which children are needlessly and cruelly oppressed,” and were “an abuse of his intelligence.” What were the methods she so vehemently spoke out against? Unfortunately, many of them are still used to teach reading today. In her volumes, Miss Mason outlined steps in a reading lesson that would arouse the imagination and awaken the “joyous interest which is the real secret of success.” In this super practical podcast, Julie H Ross (who has taught dozens of children how to read), will guide you through Miss Mason’s approach to reading lessons.

CM 29 Charlotte Mason 101 Education is a Life with Shay Kemp

CM 29 Charlotte Mason 101 Education is a Life with Shay Kemp

Description: In this podcast, Julie talks with fellow CM homeschooler Shay Kemp about the Charlotte Mason principle “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline and a life,” focusing on the concept that education is a life. They discuss what intellectual, moral and physical nourishment look like in the context of a Charlotte Mason education, the feast of ideas, and ways to tell that our children are being “fed” a generous curriculum.

CM #27: Jennifer Pepito - The Importance of Play in Home Education

CM #27: Jennifer Pepito - The Importance of Play in Home Education

Are you feeling burnt out in homeschooling? Charlotte Mason says, ““If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play!” In this episode, Julie Ross and Jennifer Pepito, founder of Peaceful Press, discuss the idea of playful creativity and its role in home education. You will be inspired to explore this concept to revitalize your home.

CM 25- Leah Boden - Freedom in a Charlotte Mason Education

CM 25- Leah Boden - Freedom in a Charlotte Mason Education

In this podcast, Julie talks with Leah Boden about how she came to the simplicity of Charlotte Mason’s methods, ways to face the challenges of comparing your homeschool to others and feeling overwhelmed, and the importance of being patient to see the fruit of a CM education

CM 23: CM 101 Education is a Discipline

CM 23: CM 101 Education is a Discipline

Description: In this podcast, Julie talks with fellow CM homeschooler Shay Kemp about the Charlotte Mason principle “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline and a life,” focusing on the concept of discipline. They discuss the definition of discipline in the context of a Charlotte Mason education, the importance of habits, and how to address habits of mind and decency in our homes on a daily basis

CM 21- Homeschooling in a Crisis w/ Shay Kemp

CM 21- Homeschooling in a Crisis w/ Shay Kemp

Episode 21: Homeschooling in a Crisis

Description: In this podcast, Julie talks with fellow CM homeschooler Shay Kemp about homeschooling in times of crisis, not only with the coronavirus issues our world is facing now, but also in personal times of crisis such as moving, having a new baby, etc. Using the Charlotte Mason motto, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline and a life,” they discuss how each of these areas can be addressed in order to bring peace into the home in a time of upheaval, touching on issues such as routines, intentionality, cultivating habits, exploring the personal interests of your children, mother culture, and how living books can encourage us all during this time!

CM 17- Brittney McGann - Sloyd is Super Awesome

CM 17- Brittney McGann - Sloyd is Super Awesome

Description: Those who have studied or heard of Charlotte Mason have likely heard of sloyd, even if you are not sure what it is. What is sloyd, though? Why would Charlotte Mason want to include it in her programmes? What resources will help us to actually do sloyd? In this episode, Julie H. Ross talks all things sloyd with Brittney McGann to answer these questions and much more. Join them as they also discuss the benefits of learning sloyd, how to progress throughout your child’s years with it, the tools needed to do sloyd, and recommendations on how to start.

CM 15: Sarah Bliss, Nature Study with Littles

CM 15: Sarah Bliss, Nature Study with Littles

In today’s episode, Julie H. Ross is joined by author Sarah Bliss as they discuss nature study for the young and special needs children. Their discussion travels through topics of the benefits of nature study, a description of a typical nature walk, how being in nature can help children with sensory processing dysfunction or ADHD, and how nature study can aid in learning the habit of attention. This rich conversation finishes with resources to use in your nature study.

CM 13: Emily Groth Starting a Charlotte Mason Book Club

CM 13: Emily Groth Starting a Charlotte Mason Book Club

Emily Groth loves Jesus, His people, and His good creation (admittedly all rather imperfectly and only by grace!). She has lived on two continents and across 5 states, moving 9 times since she and Troy were married in 2001.

CM 11: Ana Willis Getting Started with the Charlotte Mason Method

CM 11: Ana Willis Getting Started with the Charlotte Mason Method

What are some of Charlotte Mason’s foundational principles to her teaching philosophy, and how can I begin to implement them? What is narration and how do we start doing it? In today’s episode, Julie H. Ross and Ana Willis discuss some of the foundational elements to a Charlotte Mason education, including an example of what a day looks like for the Charlotte Mason homeschooler.

CM 9: Amy Fischer-Charlotte Mason in the Early Years

CM 9: Amy Fischer-Charlotte Mason in the Early Years

Description: What did Charlotte Mason have to say regarding education for our early learners? What should our children be doing before beginning formal lessons at the age of 6? What if we live in an area that is required to begin school before our children are 6 years old? In today’s episode, Julie H Ross is joined by blogger and author Amy Fischer to address these topics and more to help you apply Charlotte Mason’s principles with your early learners.

CM 7: Leah Martin- The Power of Habits to Transform Your Homeschool

CM 7: Leah Martin- The Power of Habits to Transform Your Homeschool

Leah Martin was called to be a teacher at a very young age. She taught in public schools for 7 years, before teaching at an Ambleside School, where she learned about Charlotte Mason's philosophy. After leaving her teaching career, she decided to homeschool. She started My Little Robins in 2016 as a way to challenge herself to keep learning about Charlotte Mason's philosophy, and as a platform to continue to teach others. Leah lives in Colorado and enjoys an outdoorsy lifestyle with her husband and three children.

CM 5: Shay Kemp 3 Foundations of a Charlotte Mason Education

CM 5: Shay Kemp 3 Foundations of a Charlotte Mason Education

In this episode, Julie Ross chats with Shay Kemp, a fellow homeschooler, about the ways that her homeschool has changed since using the philosophy, principles and methods of Charlotte Mason. They discuss the topics of children owning their own education, flexibility within the structure of a schedule, living books, narration, and how each of these has helped their homeschooling day flow in a meaningful way as her family grows in using the methods of Charlotte Mason. Julie and Shay also share about how to begin a Charlotte Mason education with older children and ways to make that a smooth transition.

CM 3: Lynn Seddon; Exploring Nature with Children

CM 3: Lynn Seddon; Exploring Nature with Children

Charlotte Mason puts a great emphasis on children having plenty of time outdoors. In her programmes, students would study specific aspects of nature each term. How do we incorporate this part of the feast in today’s modern, mostly inside lifestyle? What about the mom who has little experience in the natural world? In today’s episode, Lynn Seddon, creator of Exploring Nature with Children will help answer these questions and many more to help get you started on offering this rich subject in your home.

CM 1: CM 101  – Who Was Charlotte Mason and Why Should I Care?

CM 1: CM 101 – Who Was Charlotte Mason and Why Should I Care?

Without knowledge, reason carries a man into the wilderness and rebellion joins company. Charlotte Mason, Times 1921

Audioblog Archive

CM 3 #4 Home Life ASF

CM 3 #4 Home Life ASF

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."

CM 3 #2 Math in the Charlotte Mason Homeschool with Amy Fischer

CM 3 #2 Math in the Charlotte Mason Homeschool with Amy Fischer

Learn how to teach a living math lesson in my upcoming webinar and bring the Charlotte Mason method into action in your homeschool math lessons.

CM 34: LOST IN HOMESCHOOLING? APPLY THE PHILOSOPHY OF WONDER - Jennifer Macintosh

CM 34: LOST IN HOMESCHOOLING? APPLY THE PHILOSOPHY OF WONDER - Jennifer Macintosh

Life as a homeschooler isn’t what I imagined it would be all those years ago.

I suppose it takes a few years and enough failures to be humble enough to see the simplest lessons. If I were younger and reading my own words today, I’d still be filled with all the hope and joy of youth, and also the sometimes blinding idealism that sweeps reality far, far away, and embraces “what might be,” or “what I’m reading about that could be,” or, “how someone said it would be.” There is something about that idealism – it’s sweet in the moment, but add enough years and experiences and it runs away like a coward when reality rushes in – and you’re left with your intellect, willpower, and God’s grace.

CM 32 Audioblog Jennifer Pepito 5 Tips to Thrive in a Crisis

CM 32 Audioblog Jennifer Pepito 5 Tips to Thrive in a Crisis

The covid_19 crisis is unprecedented in our lifetime, and we all have different ways of surviving. I want to share 5 ideas that are helping me, and I hope they encourage you as well.

CM 30: Audioblog- Leah Boden Room For it All

CM 30: Audioblog- Leah Boden Room For it All

In this audioblog, Leah Boden reads from her own blog about understanding the beautiful tension of following the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy in the 21st century.

CM 28: Audioblog- Jennifer Pepito Loop Scheduling for Preschool

CM 28: Audioblog- Jennifer Pepito Loop Scheduling for Preschool

I get it. I’ve been there too. We have great intentions about doing The Peaceful Preschool four days a week, but then the baby gets sick, or we get overwhelmed with helping the first-grade student with their work, and it all falls apart.

But there is a solution to this spiral of intention versus follow-through, and it’s called loop scheduling.

CM 26: Audioblog- Cheli Guthrie How a Homeschool Crisis Restored My Sanity

CM 26: Audioblog- Cheli Guthrie How a Homeschool Crisis Restored My Sanity

How a Homeschool Crisis Restored My Sanity

A couple of years ago I had a panic attack about homeschooling. A storm of uncertainty and despair rained down on me. Doubts began to take over my thoughts. Fear began to paralyze me.

CM 24: Audioblog- Karen Andreola -  I am, I can, I ought I will

CM 24: Audioblog- Karen Andreola - I am, I can, I ought I will

Karen Andreola is best known for her book, A Charlotte Mason Companion. She home educated her three children K-12. Karen and her husband Dean fueled the revival of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education when they republished Miss Mason's original writings in 1989. They live in Pennsylvania and enjoy visits from their grandchildren. You can find more of her work, including her popular book, Mother Culture, at CharlotteMason.com.

CM 22- Brandy Gleason - 3 Simple Tips to Help You Get Your Family Outside

CM 22- Brandy Gleason - 3 Simple Tips to Help You Get Your Family Outside

Brandy Gleason is a mom of 8 and Grammy to 3. She has been homeschooling for 22 years and offers some advice on how to enjoy the outdoors with your kids. So often you can't get them outside, why is that? Brandy shares her top 3 tips to get your family outside … Priority, Preparation, Planning.

CM 18: AudioBlog: 5 Ways to Love Being a Homeschool Mama-Jenny Underwood

CM 18: AudioBlog: 5 Ways to Love Being a Homeschool Mama-Jenny Underwood

Listen in to today’s audioblog as Jenny Underwood reads her encouraging blog post on five ways to love being a homeschool mama. These points can help you to have a happier home on your homeschooling journey.

CM 16: Audioblog- Sarah Bliss Why Nature Study

CM 16: Audioblog- Sarah Bliss Why Nature Study

Julie H. Ross is joined by author Sarah Bliss as they discuss nature study for the young and special needs children. Their discussion travels through topics of the benefits of nature study, a description of a typical nature walk, how being in nature can help children with sensory processing dysfunction or ADHD, and how nature study can aid in learning the habit of attention. This rich conversation finishes with resources to use in your nature study.

CM 12: Audioblog- Christina Umbriaco The Hiding Place

CM 12: Audioblog- Christina Umbriaco The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom was the first living book I vividly remember reading. I was about eight or nine years old and I stumbled upon it in our basement while searching for yarn or something in the many random bins we had down there. I’m sure I read books previous to this one, or was read to by one of my teachers but I just don’t remember. However I will NEVER forget the incredible story and life of Corrie Ten Boom as she prays that the guards would pass over her as she walked nearly naked with a Bible around her neck while in the concentration camp. I can even see myself in the basement of the home I grew up in, simply devouring that book.

CM 10: Audioblog- Amy Fischer Using Your Home Atmosphere as an Educational Tool

CM 10: Audioblog- Amy Fischer Using Your Home Atmosphere as an Educational Tool

What did Charlotte Mason have to say regarding education for our early learners? What should our children be doing before beginning formal lessons at the age of 6? What if we live in an area that is required to begin school before our children are 6 years old? In today’s episode, Julie H Ross is joined by blogger and author Amy Fischer to address these topics and more to help you apply Charlotte Mason’s principles with your early learners.

CM 8: Audioblog - Leah Martin - Your Secret Weapon for Forming Positive Habits

CM 8: Audioblog - Leah Martin - Your Secret Weapon for Forming Positive Habits

Leah Martin was called to be a teacher at a very young age. She taught in public schools for 7 years, before teaching at an Ambleside School, where she learned about Charlotte Mason's philosophy. After leaving her teaching career, she decided to homeschool. She started My Little Robins in 2016 as a way to challenge herself to keep learning about Charlotte Mason's philosophy, and as a platform to continue to teach others. Leah lives in Colorado and enjoys an outdoorsy lifestyle with her husband and three children.

CM 4: Audioblog- Julie Ross The Outdoor Life of Children

CM 4: Audioblog- Julie Ross The Outdoor Life of Children

Charlotte Mason puts a great emphasis on children having plenty of time outdoors. In her programs, students would study specific aspects of nature each term. How do we incorporate this part of the feast in today’s modern, mostly inside lifestyle? What about the mom who has little experience in the natural world?