• Classical Home Education in Dublin Valentines Day
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    Valentine’s Day! ♥

    Usually, the focus of my posts is on Ireland. However, my children and I really enjoyed this ♥ Valentine’s Day ♥ mini study from Brighter Day Press, we were able to get many of the listed enrichment books in our local library, which is unusual, and the snacks were all delicious, enjoyed by all and easily dairy- and gluten-free! Plus it’s a pdf so easily accessible in Ireland. I wanted to share the fun with you… You could make it more Irish by heading off to the Shrine of St. Valentine in the heart of Dublin city, at Whitefriar Street Church! ☘ This is a week long study of the…

  • Books to Read Aloud

    Some lovely books for Christmas in Irish libraries…

    A homeschooling father of four in Dublin put together a list of books he has enjoyed with his children for Christmas and Advent over his many years of homeschooling.  The descriptions below are his, links to the library added by yours truly… The Jesse Tree Geraldine McCaughrean – A ‘story for every day of advent’ – older children, a keeper. (Lots of copies at the library) Wenceslas McCaughrean/Birmingham, Story of the Carol – Beautiful illustrations. (Lots of copies at the library) The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Wojciechowski/P J Lynch – Heirloom! (Lots of copies at the library)  The Gift of the Magi by O Henry, illustrated by P J Lynch…

  • HomeEducationinIrelandPageaDayNatureBooks
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    Beautifully Illustrated Irish Nature Books to Enjoy One Page a Day

    Each day, during our book basket time, we read a double-page spread from a beautifully illustrated nature book. I leave the book open on a bookstand or shelf for the rest of the day to allow the images to blend into our day. We also follow this approach for both poetry and art. Coming up: Irish Page-a-day Nature Books ~ General Page-a-day Nature Books ~ Mother’s Education Currently, we are enjoying the stunning book Ireland’s Hidden Depths by Paul Kay. I bought it on sale for €10 directly from Sherkin Island Marine Station, who do a range of great Irish nature books. Their books work so well for Irish home educators, and…

  • HomeEducation.ie Living Book Lists Classic Fiction Chapter Books
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    Irish Living Book list – Classic fiction set in Ireland

    This is the first post in what will be a series of posts listing living books for Irish home educators with children in primary school. Reading quality books is an important part of a Charlotte Mason education, whether snuggled on the couch reading aloud together or reading to themselves. I had difficulty locating living books set in Ireland and could not find a comprehensive list, so I am slowly creating such a list on this website to share with you. Tom McCaughren wrote: “When my daughters were growing up I realised there were few books for young people written, set and published in Ireland so I decided to write some…

  • Hutchinson Treasury of Stories to read aloud
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    The Hutchinson Treasury of Stories to Read Aloud

    I wanted to recommend the book The Hutchinson treasury of stories to read aloud selected by Janet Schulman.  This book was previously been printed under the title The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury.   The content is the same. This book contains many books which are recommended on various US curriculum.  It used to be on Sonlight’s PreK curriculum for families abroad to reduce shipping.  Many of the stories would be nicer in their original single book per story format, but this is a great option to read them first to see if you and your children enjoy them.  There are lots of copies of this book in the Irish libraries –…