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    November 22, 2019 by Brandy Vencel


    It’s a Charlotte-stravaganza!⁠ I’m pretty excited about this. We’re doing a collaborative sale on all your favorite Charlotte Mason gear and supplies. ♥ We all have amazing deals for you happening across our sites starting Black Friday! #ShopCM is the Instagram hashtag to follow for this.⁠

    Here at Afterthoughts the whole shop will be on sale — study guides, audio, workshops, Swedish Drill — EVERYTHING! (The Flourish Annual Review is back just in time for those of you finishing up your Charlotte Mason school year with the calendar year.⁠)

    Here are all the other CM sites doing Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions!

    • A Delectable Education – To enjoy discounts on Curriculum Templates, Exam Planners, and various Teacher Training Videos for Charlotte Mason mamas, head to their site from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
    • A Humble Place – Will have discounts on Charlotte Mason quote apparel, mugs, totes, and prints as well as picture study resources!
    • Chickie and Roo – Charlotte Mason inspired card sets, Flower of the Month Club, Posters, Animal Anatomy coloring pages and more. See site for Black Friday deals.
    • Nature Study Hacking – Combining Nature Study lessons with Nature Journal prompts these books help beginners learn how to use a nature journal AND study nature regularly through first hand observation. Save 25% off site-wide from Black Friday-Cyber Monday.
    • Our Journey Westward Shop – Cindy’s shop has some practical Charlotte Mason Homeschooling resources along with a line of Nature Study guides. Head to her site to see deals.
    • Pam Barnhill’s Store– Pam has various Morning Time Plans, Homeschool organization tools, History plans and more in her store.  Head to her site to see deals.
    • Reshelving Alexandria – Get a Lifetime Membership to Reshelving Alexandria, the online literary catalog of good, true, and beautiful books. Cyber Monday only.
    • Sabbath Mood Homeschool – Nicole’s site includes a full line of living science curriculum, helpful articles, book lists and more. Head to her site to see her Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals.
    • The Peaceful Press – Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum for a joyful homeschool. Save 25% storewide on Black Friday. 

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    Annnd we’ve got an Advent devotional! Big thanks to Hillary for recommending it. It’s Repeat the Sounding Joy: A daily Advent devotional on Luke 1-2 by Christopher Ash. For me, the selling point was what Hillary said about it:

    We also have bought Repeat the Sounding Joy by Christopher Ash (published by the Good Book Co.), which goes through Luke 1 & 2 phrase by phrase, adding a carol and prayer. That might be similar to Ferguson’s focus on the phrases in 1 Corinthians 13.

    We really enjoyed Ferguson last year, so this seemed like a good fit.

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    We’ve got a new episode out for Scholé Sisters for you to enjoy:

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    We started a new read aloud: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart. This is, as I mentioned last week, the consolation for O-Age-Eleven tolerating Emma so well. We’ve read three books by Stewart in the past and so far this one is my favorite. My big objection to Stewart has been that it feels to me like it takes him forever to introduce the problem in the story. Too many pages are spent on introducing characters, in my opinion. (This does not stop O-Age-Eleven from loving these books.) Anyhow, this title gets interesting right away. It doesn’t feel like the introduction is a hundred pages long. It’s interesting and more believable than a couple others in the series.

    As a prequel, it’s most appreciated when all the other books are known. We read those aloud earlier this year, so that wasn’t an issue for us. So far, I recommend it. I think it’s great fun!

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    This month in 2015:

    Such a great follow up from Christy Hissong.

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    Podcast episode of the week:

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    This week’s links collection:

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    Coming up in Sistership Premier:

    I don’t know if you’ve joined Sistership Premier yet, but now is a good time to do so. We want Premier members to have something extra special under the proverbial tree this year and that’s why we asked Ravi Jain (co-author of The Liberal Arts Tradition) to come and give them some math inspiration. The live event is happening early in December so sign up and join us!

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  • Reply Rebecca Tighe November 24, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Can you put a list together of past Christmas read alouds and Advent devotions you’ve done in your family? Maybe you have already and I’m missing it?

    I have teens down to toddlers, so bridging the gap is sometimes hard. We’ve not read “The Christmas Box,” by Richard Paul Evans yet, but will this year. I really enjoy “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” edited by Nancy Guthrie for myself.

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