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Meet my friend Dachelle and learn about her Charlotte Mason Tidal School!
1 – Briefly tell us about you and your family.
2 – How long have you been homeschooling?
We are in our third year of homeschooling. The first year was a little crazy, but last year we started finding our groove, especially when I discovered Julie Bogart and Brave Writer.
3- Tell us about your homeschooling approach.
4 – Year-round homeschooling or traditional calendar homeschooling?
5 – Tell us about your Charlotte Mason Tidal School routine.
Last year we had a schedule and life became unbearably stressful. So we threw out the schedule and developed a routine. I use some block scheduling and loop scheduling to help keep me from stressing about getting everything done on the checklist. Our typical day looks like this:
Morning Work: Every morning starts with Morning Work. That’s just a little review that I have in their morning folders which helps to get them rolling while I’m still getting prepared for the day (which translates to the non-morning person getting my caffeine fix).
Group Work: We start our official day with Bible and History because we do these subjects together. Then we move on to Morning Basket. This could involve anything from literature and history to math and science.
Individual Work: After Morning Basket we’re ready for individual work. I usually start this by reading from our Brave Writer Arrow or Quiver of Arrows book with one of the children while the other works independently. This gives us some one-on-one time which sometimes gets missed out when homeschooling multiple children. Most of our work is done by around lunch, so we can leave the afternoons free for more project-based learning like art, music, dance, science, cooking, poetry teatime or outside play.
6 – Complete the sentence: Our homeschooling happens mostly at…
7 – What have you picked for your curriculum next year?
8 – List 3 books about homeschooling that really impacted you.
- The Unhurried Homeschooler
- A Gracious Space (pick any or all)
- The Writer’s Jungle
9 – Your family is going on an unplanned trip, not much time to pack, you must homeschool the kids while traveling and you can only take 5 of your homeschooling resources/books with you. What would you take?
- iPad and Kindles: This may be cheating because I have my Bible and a ton of other great resources on them
- Life of Fred: Fred makes us laugh and teaches math all at the same time
- Our current read-alouds: I’d probably grab the entire Morning Basket
- Colored pencils: We use these for everything
- Travel journals: We are always learning, and an unplanned trip sounds like Adventure Schooling
10 – If you had the chance to start homeschooling all over again today with the knowledge and experience you have now, what would you do differently?
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Dachelle is a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. She loves chocolate and has been known to hide it from her children. She can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. She blogs at HideTheChocolate.com when she’s not planning and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction).