Charlotte Mason Homeschooling on a Budget

 

If you love the process and methods of Charlotte Mason but shrink away from the expense, I have great news for you — it is possible to use Charlotte Mason in your homeschool on a budget! I have gathered some of my favorite tips and resources to show you how to reduce costs but give the education that you desire to your children.

Want to add some frugal Charlotte Mason inspired learning to your homeschool? Check out these great ideas! hsbapost.com

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

There are 3 main themes to Charlotte Mason education and all can be achieved frugally.

Atmosphere

Surrounding and immersing your child in a positive learning environment.

Discipline

Cultivating good habits in your child’s life.

Life

Not just simple, boring, dry facts but living ideas.

Charlotte Mason Resources

You can even find free curriculum online to help you teach –Ambleside Online is an online FREE curriculum guide and book list that follows Charlotte Mason Principles.

Setting up the physical atmosphere

Nature is all around and it is free! Create a collection of nature items on a shelf or table with items you and your child gather — pinecones, leaves, shells, living plants, abandoned birds nests. Add items like a magnifying glass, journal, and sketchbook. If you’re new to nature study, you might want to read this post about Nature Study for Beginners.

Living books

These are a very large part of the Charlotte Mason philosophy. They are written in a more conversational or narrative style than in the style of a textbook or encyclopedia. They make subjects come alive for children rather than dry textbooks. You can find living books at  the library, Goodwill, yard sales, on Ebay, Facebook used curriculum groups, and local curriculum fairs.

Teach Math with Living Books – Use simple beans, buttons, rocks, wooden beads. You do not need a separate expensive curriculum. Choose living books instead of dull textbooks. Buy second hand when you can. I found these at a yard sale:

Math Curse

Math Curse living math book Charlotte Mason homeschooling

 

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Sir Cumference living math book Charlotte Mason homeschooling

 

 

 

We grabbed these wooden math manipulatives that are similar to a Charlotte Mason set at a fraction of the cost:

Charlotte Mason homeschooling wooden rods

Artists and Composers

This can be introduced and studied using books picked up from sources above, print pictures, play music from Youtube or other free sources. The resources available on the internet are nearly limitless, many sites offer free printable field guides, studies, and more. We’ve enjoyed A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers from Bright Ideas Press, which is an affordable hands-on study. You can read my review here.

Outdoors

Spend plenty of time outdoors with your child — studying, observing, journaling, learning, and gathering. There is so much to learn about the world right around them and it costs nothing! Outdoors is a major part of the CM education.

Here are a few Charlotte Mason books for you that are free or cheap on Kindle. {Remember that prices change quickly on Amazon!}

Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success

Charlotte Mason homeschooling book for moms

 

The Outdoor Life of Children

Charlotte Mason homeschooling outdoor life

 

A Twaddle Free Education

Charlotte Mason homeschooling twaddle free book

 

Do you use Charlotte Mason inspired resources in your homeschool?

 

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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Volcano Science Experiment

 

Have you ever made a volcano science experiment at home with your kids? This is always one of my kids’ favorite experiments. I don’t know if it’s the mess or the dramatic reaction between the ingredients, but we’ve done this particular experiment at least once a year for the past few years and they never get tired of it. Hands-on science is great!

Hands-on science experiment for elementary ages. How-to with fun video! hsbapost.com Baking Soda Vinegar Volcano

We have this book about volcanoes in our home library collection. It has great photos and drawings with basic information for the elementary ages.

Picture of Volcanoes - IR

 

Hands-on science experiment for elementary ages. How-to with fun video! hsbapost.com

Volcano Facts for Kids

Before you jump into the volcano science experiment, share these interesting facts about volcanos with your little learners:

    • There are about 1,900 active volcanoes on the earth. This means they have erupted recently or they might erupt. Some volcanoes are extinct. Over 80 volcanoes have been found in the ocean.
    • Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
    • Most of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean, in an area called the Ring of Fire.
    • The word “volcano” comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
    • Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Volcanoes spew out ash and toxic gases, as well as lava and lava boulders.

Volcano Science Experiment for Kids

Check out how these kids use household chemicals to recreate a volcanic eruption!

Using the Volcano Kit from the video, little scientists are asked to mix chemicals to make the volcano erupt! This will be an experiment that Young Scientists will want to repeat again and again!

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Have fun making your own volcano!

 

 

Sara (148 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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29 Must Read Winter Books for Kids

 

Do you want to make the most of the winter weather even when you’re stuck inside? I can’t think of a better way than cuddling up with some good books to read together! Whether you prefer the non-fiction educational choices or the just plain fun stories, you’ll want to check out these 29 Must Read Winter Books for Kids because there is something for everyone on this list.

Check out these 29 great must read winter books for kids at hsbapost.com

50 Below Zero

Lost and Found

Groundhog Weather School

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail

Cam Jansen: the Snowy Day Mystery #24

Kitten’s Winter

Wonderful Gifts of Winter (Seasons Series)

Arctic Animals (Cold Feet): From Penguins to Polar Bears (Fun Animal Facts)

Snowflakes Fall

Max & Mo Make a Snowman

OLIVIA Builds a Snowlady

The Snowman

The Mutts Winter Diaries

The Gruffalo’s Child

Check out these 29 great must read winter books for kids at hsbapost.com

The Very Fairy Princess: A Winter Wonderland Surprise

Eloise Skates!

The Snowy Day

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

Tacky and the Winter Games (Tacky the Penguin)

Snow Bugs: A Wintery Pop-up Book (Bugs in a Box Books)

Jenny’s Winter Walk: A Kids Yoga Winter Book

Winter is Here!

Cyril The Squirrel And The Nut Thieves

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

Magic Tree House #32: Winter of the Ice Wizard

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

The Mitten

Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)

 

You can find more ideas for winter learning activities in these posts:

Tracks in the Snow: A Winter Nature Study

The Science of Snow: books and activities

Winter Learning Fun with Lapbooks

 

What are your favorite winter books to read?

 

 

Sara (148 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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