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A Charlotte Mason Summer


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A Charlotte Mason Summer

I’m preparing to teach my oldest son his first, formal year of school at home. In November, he will turn six.

Where did the time go?

I have been planning for this moment for many years and I’m beyond blessed to teach him his first year of school at home.


In an attempt to ease into formal homeschool later this year, I’m going to begin to implement NOW some parts of his future formal education, yet in a fun and casual way.

Charlotte Mason calls this type of learning “by the way” (Home Education pg. 72).

All of the quotes mentioned in this blog post, come from Home Education by Charlotte Mason. The Living Press published my favorite version of her books. I HIGHLY recommend any parent read Charlotte Mason’s books! They are truly treasured words I believe I will be reading and re-reading for many years to come.

Playing with Letters
Playing with Letters



+ Work on Morning Habits  (Brush teeth, Make bed)

+ Review Letter Sounds and Letter Recognition … We gently use the Peaceful Preschool to learn letters … Also, here are some of our favorite wooden letters and sandpaper letters

+ Read Bible Stories at Breakfast … My favorite Bible for Preschool Age Children

+ Free playtime


+ Nature Play and Free Time

+ Poetry Reading with Snack … Suggested poetry here and here and here

+ Learn a few French and Spanish words each day … We use this audio French CD in the car

+ Free playtime

+ Clean up Toys Before Bed

+ Read Aloud at Bedtime … My favorite stories for preschoolers 

Raising Butterflies
Raising Butterflies


All of the quotes mentioned in this blog post, come from Home Education by Charlotte Mason.

“…the chief function of the child-his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life-is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses; that he has an insatiable appetite for knowledge got in this way; and that, therefore, the endeavor of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects…” (pg. 96).

I love this quote because it takes the pressure off us Mamas to “entertain” the little ones. It is perfectly
fine NOT to keep up with the pressures of society that implore the youngest of children must be shuffled
around from activity to activity, as if they are adults! I believe it is more important to protect this sweet, innocent time for our littles…and allow them the freedom to explore, move, and be in nature as much as possible.

“…Never be within doors when you can rightly be without” (pg. 42).

Before I had heard of Charlotte Mason, we were already spending copious amounts of time outdoors. We
are fortunate to live on acreage, and we live in the country outside of Austin, Texas. There are so
many lovely nature opportunities that surround us – many that we have visited, and so many more that we
haven’t explored.

It is so calming and encouraging to spend time outdoors. We aim to spend time in Nature daily!

“As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child” (pg. 54) and “While he is quite young (five or six), he should begin to illustrate his notes freely with brush-drawings” (pg. 55).

My children are only four and five, and we have begun to keep a nature diary. However, I have not been
consistent with it, and I plan to work on more consistency throughout the summer. I was recently gifted the Diary of an Edwardian Lady and its a stunning example that I believe Charlotte Mason would have approved of! The book includes mostly notes from the author’s time in nature with beautiful watercolor illustrations. I look forward to keeping a diary of my own alongside my children!

“…I venture to suggest, not what is practicable in any household, but what seems to me absolutely best for the children; and that, in the faith that mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them” (pg. 44).

This quote is in response to the fact that children and mothers should spend four to six hours outdoors on
a tolerably fine day. We are currently not spending that much time in this Texas heat, but I do attempt for
us to get outdoors in the morning and we always take a walk in the evening after dinner. When the
weather is more mild, we spend much longer outdoors and its a blessing for ALL of us.

“…she will point to some lovely flower or gracious tree, not only as a beautiful work, but a beautiful thought of God, in which we may believe He finds continual pleasure, and which He is pleased to see his human children rejoice in” (pg. 80).

I delight in seeing how excited my children are when they discover a new flower outdoors! Occasionally,
it is nice to remark how beautiful God made the world. Its so amazing to hear my children talk about God
as if he is an old friend sometimes.

Flower Sorting
Flower Sorting


(During our Charlotte Mason Summer)

1. Allow children one or two hours of free time to play and explore in nature daily. This is a great opportunity for ME to sit outdoors with them to read more on the teaching philosophies I will be implementing, prepare for lessons, write out meal plans, list of house chores, or simply read for pleasure.
2. Send them off to a sight seeing game to paint a mental picture of what they see…so they can hold the
image in their minds forever (about 15 minutes).
3. Observe the flowers, birds, trees, or insects. Watch the creatures’ habits and learn something new simply by paying attention for a few minutes.
4. Jot down any notes in our Nature Journals to remember.
5. Note the weather and date in the Journal.

Observing Flowers
Observing Flowers


A Charlotte Mason Summer

Finally, here are my favorite Preschool Supplies all in one, comprehensive list.

Planning Homeschool
Planning Homeschool



How We Schedule Our Days


Our summertime schedule is fairly unstructured. We wake when the sun rises (sometimes sleeping in just a bit) and go to bed when the sun goes down. My boys fill most of their days in between with playtime. I’m lucky – they play so well together. Of course they have occasional disputes, but for the most part they really love to engage in imaginative play.

Planning Homeschool
Planning Homeschool


We try to begin the day with a nourishing meal. My husband usually makes a hearty breakfast (which I love). When my husband is away on business, I value cooking and baking healthy foods for us also. We are particularly fond of paleo muffins lately. The boys love gathering the ingredients, stirring the batter, and adding in mix-ins at the end, such as blueberries and dark chocolate chips. We typically include a protein with each meal, such as hard-boiled farm fresh eggs, breakfast sausage, or nut butter on gluten-free toast.


I like to read a children’s Bible story with them during or shortly after breakfast. Afterwards, the boys play for as long as possible.  After eating, we usually go outside to play in the sandbox, or do some water play outdoors. The boys will spend their time in imaginative play for most of the morning. After lunch, I typically do more read-aloud time to them. They love to pick out their favorite books for me to read. We may pull out play dough or a fun art activity at this point. If we need to go into town to do errands, such as grocery shopping, this is the time I love to do it.

the Jesus Storybook Bible
the Jesus Storybook Bible

When we get home, the boys usually assist me in dinner preparation. Their Daddy is normally present for dinner, which I’m so thankful for. If he is home, he is most often the one that cooks, which I’m also grateful for! He will even humor me by cooking a healthy recipe I planned out. After dinner, we typically do outdoor play time, and sometimes go on a short walk. We also try to play a simple card game together.

Finally, my boys take a bath and we get into bed for books. I usually read three books we work together on choosing, and then sing a song. It is one of my favorite parts of the day-the last sweet moments of connection with them before a peaceful rest.

Preschool Planning
Preschool Planning

PRESCHOOL HOMESCHOOL SCHEDULE SAMPLE: We gently eased into the Peaceful Preschool curriculum and have completed the letter units A-D. Check out our top preschool supplies here. We will begin again soon and this is the general schedule we are going to strive for! I have pulled different schedule ideas from Charlotte Mason’s Home Education Volumes, Simply Learning Kids, and the Peaceful Preschool curriculum to come up with our homeschool preschool schedule below.

7:30-9:00am: Wake Up, Habits, (Make beds, Get Dressed, Brush Teeth) and Independent Play
9:00-9:30am: Breakfast, and Habits (Put Away Dishes)
9:30-10:30am: Morning Time (Calendar, Bible, Poem)
10:30-11:00am: Snack, Read-Aloud, Phonics and Counting
11:00am-12:00pm: Outside Play, Nature Study, and Large Motor
12:00-12:30pm: Lunch
1:00-3:00pm: Quiet Time (Art, Projects, Fine Motor, Finish Up Anything)
3:00-3:30pm: Snack, Read-Aloud, and Alphabet Memory Verse
3:30-6:00pm: Independent Play, (Sort by Color, Shape Drawing, Object Counting, Letter Book, Alphabet and Object Matching) Outside Time, and Maybe Screen Time or Errands
6:30-7:00pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Habits, (Clean Up Toys) and Family Game
8:00pm: Bath, Read-Aloud, Song, and Bed

Boys Nature Hike
Boys Nature Hike

What does your homeschool preschool schedule look like? How is it different than your summertime schedule?