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    March 24, 2017 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    Where have you been all my life, Mr. Anno? Dawn Duran, our resident Swedish Drill aficionado, introduced me to this new author and I cannot get enough. He’s brilliant! And my children are loving him as well. I’ve bought two so far:


    Anno’s Medieval World and Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar

    You know how every once in a while you find an author and buy a whole series? Or, even worse better, everything they wrote? This is happening.


    :: 2 ::

    I am not on Instagram. Long story short, my “smart” device is not really so smart — it doesn’t even have a forward-facing camera! I’m sparing you the selfies. (And, of course, there is also my no-children’s-photos-on-the-internet policy.) BUT … there is a new Charlotte Mason Instagram group that I heard about and wanted to share with you. I asked Celeste for more information, so here’s the low-down:

    Charlotte Mason IRL is a gallery of Miss Mason’s educational methods applied … in real life. Our aim is to showcase authentic CM practices, as shared from the diverse homes and hearts of our community members. It can be daunting to begin the journey of a Charlotte Mason education, but every journey begins with a single step — and that is what we hope to spread before you here: a library of experiences others are sharing about their steps on this journey. We will be sharing practical tips and inspirational ideas for authentic implementation of Miss Mason’s philosophy. Each week we will introduce a new theme concerning CM methodology; tag your response posts with #charlottemasonirl and we just might share your insights and stories with our community here! Follow @charlottemasonirl to journey alongside us.



    :: 3 ::

    This week, I really enjoyed the latest episode from the Mortification of Spin podcast. Entitled We’re not in Kansas Anymore, Reformed theologian Carl Trueman discusses changing social mores with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. It was oh so good, and if you love hearing fruitful discussions between Catholics and Protestants, this is definitely for you.


    :: 4 ::

    Yesterday, we had the opportunity to experience a different sort of use of the educational tool we call Atmosphere. If you notice, when Charlotte Mason talks about atmosphere, the idea of relationships with others or with the world is always at the forefront. This is why she rejects a contrived environment — it doesn’t allow for real relationships in the real world. We had a friend in a mini-crisis. Atmosphere as a tool can look like many things, but yesterday it looked my high schooler taking over one of the math lessons for me so that I could get ready to leave. It also looked like us leaving the house and finishing math later in the afternoon.

    These are simple things, of course, but I was thinking later that this, too, is atmosphere. Learning to drop it all for someone we love? That’s a priceless lesson. I wasn’t glad someone was in need, but I was glad my children had the chance to experience the shifting of life that sometimes needs to happen.


    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2012:

    Ha! I really can’t believe I wrote this five years ago. I still adore my KJV. ♥


    :: 6 ::

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  • Reply Rebecca March 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Our Anno books arrived this afternoon! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy them as much as we’ve been doing. 🙂

  • Reply Melissa Greene March 25, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Oh Brandy, Anno is fabulous! As a matter of fact, I recently acquired duplicate copies of a couple of his titles and have been trying to decide whether or not to sell them or save them my children. Beautiful Feet recently reprinted Anno’s China. I’m thinking they may have a guide in mind for the future 🙂

    Thanks for the Instagram link. I’m not on there yet, but my dd and I have been pondering. I love looking at other’s photos 🙂

  • Reply Betsy March 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Love Anno!!! Especially Anno’s Counting Book and the Magic seeds book (can’t remember that title).

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Both of those are on my list. I need an Anno shelf I think. 🙂

  • Reply Dawn Duran March 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Hooray for Anno! and HOORAY for charlottemasonirl!

  • Reply Celeste March 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for the share, Brandy. And your thoughts on Atmosphere here mimic the conversation we have been having at Charlotte Mason In Real Life about atmosphere this week! So appropos. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Do they really? It’s a small world, as they say. ♥

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