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The Women’s Circle

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The Trinity School's Women's Circle has officially been formed.  We began meeting this week to discuss Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's book, For the Children's Sake. It is a short and simple read  and still Macaulay tours us through the main tenants of a Charlotte Mason education.  The principles are relevant for teachers, home educators and anyone who spends their days or nights with children. But Women's Circle is not just a book club and it isn't only for those involved with The Trinity School. We are a group of women committed to learning more about our world, ourselves and our God and any woman in the community is welcome to be part.  We have diverse interests and concerns and we hope to use Women's Circle for a chance to connect, share…
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The Trinity School Hits the Road A Recap of our visit to Fredericksburg

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At The Trinity School we are all about making connections. As lay the foundation of our program it is a joy and a gift to learn from experts who have gone before us.  We are grateful to have so many excellent Charlotte Mason resources in Texas. This week myself, Erin Graybill and Gloria Bishop took an all to quick but incredibly inspirational trip to Fredericksburg to visit two phenomenal schools.   We visited with Rebekah Heirholzer, an expert in Charlotte Mason Philosophy, and observed her charming  cottage style kindergarten.   We also visited the K-12 program at Ambleside Fredericksburg and were fortunate enough to attend their last chapel service of the year.  The experience left us even more passionate about establishing a traditional Christian school using this whole child philosophy here…
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Nature Study Part 1: Confessions of a Former Free Range Kid

Homeschooling, Nature Study
  “The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.” 
 ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder There is a curious term applied to kids who play outside beyond their backyards: Free-Range Kids. I was a free range kid in the seventies, but we all were. I ran wild, free, and barefoot through the woods with my little brother and our feisty wee terrier dog and sinister-looking Doberman. Usually a half dozen neighbor kids ran with us. My dad would holler at us to put on shoes because we might step on a scorpion, but we never did and it never happened, probably because we were so loud they all skittered away before we could trample…
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Fairy Tales: Awakening the Moral Imagination

Homeschooling, Literature
“I didn’t believe in Magic until today. I see now it’s real. Well, if it is, I suppose all the old fairy tales are more or less true. And you’re simply a wicked, cruel magician like the ones in the stories. Well, I’ve never read a story in which people of that sort weren’t paid out in the end, and I bet you will be. And serve you right.” – C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew When my children were young, I questioned the wisdom of Charlotte Mason’s enthusiastic support of fairy tales. After all, they were often heartbreaking (Hans Christian Anderson) or grisly (The Arabian Nights). Some were heartbreaking and grisly (Grimm’s). Ultimately, it was my children who would trust her more than I, as they took me by the…
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The Large Room

Homeschooling, Literature
“The question is not, -- how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education -- but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” 
― Charlotte M. Mason, School Education: Developing A Curriculum   My elementary school in the 1970s had a large and lovely library with sunny windows and bright yellow walls . Even the radiators were painted yellow to match the walls, although I do not ever remember the radiators actually being hot in central Texas. The floors were wooden and brown, and there were rows and rows and rows of beautiful books.…
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Folksongs We are Educated by Our Intimacies

Homeschooling, Music
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit In third grade, my teacher was Miss Carson, and she had a ukulele and a large repertoire of folk songs. She wrote the lyrics on the blackboard. I can still see those words, white chalk against black board. We sang along every morning, no doubt increasing our literacy skills. I loved the silly ones (Yes! We have no bananas!) as much as the songs of courage (Follow the Drinking Gourd) and love of country (America the Beautiful). It was the only year of my life that I learned folksongs in school, but because of it my soul was forever enlarged. Nothing in our Charlotte Mason lifestyle…
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Days of Gold and Colbalt Blue Picture Study and the Science of Relations

Homeschooling, Picture Study
EDUCATION IS THE SCIENCE OF RELATIONS; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we must train him upon physical exercises, nature, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books; for we know that our business is, not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of – ‘Those first-born affinities That fit our new existence to existing things.’ Charlotte Mason, vol. 1 The sunflowers seized her imagination the year she was 12. But her relationship with Vincent Van Gogh had begun years before, when she was very, very young and swirls of sky heralded the birth of our Saviour . She and her brothers released those swirls across our…
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