• Adapting US curriculum

    Do I need to teach sentence diagramming in Ireland?

    When I was investigating US writing curricula, I found that some of them include a lot of sentence diagramming, starting around 4th grade or so. I had never heard of sentence diagramming, never mind done any myself in school. I asked around and was told that three moms with older children had just crossed out those exercises in their writing/language…

  • Start Here

    Start Here

    I frequently see people asking: How to homeschool in Ireland? The first talk I listened to about home education about seven years ago was “Hold on to your credit card” and I am very grateful that it was. I’m going to suggest the sentiment of that talk here: Think about your why, look at you and your children – think…

  • Charlotte Mason Art Appreciation
    Irish Art

    Art Appreciation Charlotte Mason Style

    Charlotte Mason believed a child’s “education should furnish him with whole galleries of mental pictures, pictures by great artists old and new;––…–– in fact, every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination, to say nothing of great buildings, sculpture, beauty of form and colour…

  • Field Trips,  Irish Art

    Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin

    I think the Hugh Lane Gallery is a great gallery to take children to in Dublin. I think it is especially good for your first visit to a gallery with children. It is much smaller than the National Gallery of Ireland, which makes it easier and less overwhelming. There are artworks by many famous international artists, ones that you will…

  • Irish Art

    Irish Artist Study – Harry Clarke

    The first Irish artist that we studied using the Charlotte Mason method of Art Appreciation (more info on this method here) was Harry Clarke (1889 –1931) a stained-glass artist and book illustrator. This turned out to be a great first choice artist for us. The Eve of St Agnes at Hugh Lane Gallery I had seen his stained glass artwork The Eve…

  • Irish Geography

    Irish Geography

    Goals ~ Games ~ Books ~ Maps & Globe ~ Workbooks ~ Field Trips Goals It is always important for me to think about my why before selecting a resource.  Sometimes I need to look around to get ideas and see what is possible.  Sometimes, like with the overwhelming number of Irish geography school workbooks, and with most of them…

  • Mother's Education

    Book Review of ‘The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason’ by Laurie Bestvater

    When I say that we use a Classical Charlotte Mason style in our home, people think worksheets and workbooks.  Actually a true Charlotte Mason style involves lots of reading of living books and creating notebooks. But the first blank page of a blank notebook can sometimes be daunting. Discussions of implementing a Charlotte Mason style talk about many different notebooks…