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  1. Phyllis at All Things Beautiful
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    I think I think about curriculum constantly! I think you would like Ambleside. And you will LOVE reading CM’s own words. It is a treat. Oh, and I like Latin for Children, too, although it is more of a Classical flavor. It is fun hearing your ideas.

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  2. Melissa Droegemueller
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    I admire the simplicity behind CM, Montessori, and Waldorf (though I know the all have their differences)–I am a classical girl at heart. I enjoy watching my Kindergartner follow her interests during her down time (because Kindergarten should be mostly downtime), and we work in a few unit studies that way. We plan on working through Classical Conversations Cycle 3 at home…not sure about math yet.

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  3. Min
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    I love CM’s words. One thing that stuck with me was for children under 6, they should spend 5 hours a day outdoors. She focused on natural way of learning send language via conversation for young children. Lots of fresh air, rosy cheeks, and twinkle in the eyes to let us know they are alert, healthy, and happy!

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  4. Min
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    Spend (typo)

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  5. Suzanne
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    It’s always fun to hear what other people are doing! CM is about the only method I’ve really loved! I struggle with feeling like it’s not enough though. But it totally is and there’s time for the really fun stuff, like being outside. Good luck figuring it all out! 🙂

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  6. Sarah Mackenzie
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    I’m of the mind that Charlotte Mason IS Classical, so I love reading about both. 🙂 I have just barely started thinking about next year, though. This is unusually late for me, but I’m not worried about it at all! That kindergarten enrichment from Memoria sounds dreamy.

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  7. Willa
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    I agree that CM and classical are very compatible, especially in the homeschool, and I like the GKC quote. It reminds me that becoming more like Christ is my primary educational task!

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  8. MaggieAnnie
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    I spend way too much going through old AO posts as well…I am always torn between using what I have on the shelves already vs getting something new. We are not using the full AO history suggestions at this point but having begun using the AO site this last year, it has been a very strong year for us, the schedules have provided
    a cohesiveness to our subjects while still allowing me to adapt to the needs/interests of each kiddo. And the CM approach is so like what we had already been doing.
    I am sure J-Jo gets more from having Bear around then he is missing in one on one time…it is certainly a balance trying the give littlest ones what you feel you gave their older siblings but I always feel like it is a good trade off watching my olders interact with the youngers. Good luck with your planning!

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  9. Sarah Mackenzie
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    Ooh! Great link! Here’s one you might like too: http://www.circeinstitute.org/2012/01/towards-a-defense-of-charlotte-mason


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  10. Melissa
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    I relate to you as well! I am always looking at curriculum. I love the Montessori philosophy and the use of manipulatives, which is how I originally found your old blog. But I can’t afford all the materials and it is very overwhelming to me to figure everything else out. What’s funny is I was almost dead set on Memoria Press because I love their daily guide (I need that structure), but then I started looking at CM and AmblesideOnline and now I’m thinking of doing that. I was unsure of using the package language and math that MP uses, but I liked their enrichment guide so I was happy to see you mention that. Maybe I will get it too. 🙂

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  11. The Garners
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    I don’t know the ages of your children, but we absolutely love Memoria Press Latin!

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  12. Brandy Vencel
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    I love this post, but you probably *knew* I’d love this post. 🙂 I’ll pray for you as you prep for next year. So exciting! 🙂

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