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The Joy of Copywork

by Sally Thomas I’ve always loved copywork. In grade school, the nicest days – aside from the days when the art teacher read us Amelia Bedelia – were the days when the teacher handed us a poem, purple, damp, and vaguely vanilla-scented, fresh from the ditto machine. Generally it was a poem of the season, some rhyme about falling leaves,…
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Beyond a Blade of Grass: One Boy’s Digital Vision

By MacBeth Derham Recently I took some students on a hike in a familiar swamp. They trod the well-marked trail, and chatted cheerily, remarking on the many changes to the trail since the storms of last autumn. Trees were down, or, if they had fallen across the path, had been cut and removed with nothing left to remind us of their…
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Snapshots from a CM-Influenced Homeschool

by Sally Thomas Let me be clear: I love Charlotte Mason. Of all the educational philosophies I’ve encountered, hers speaks most clearly to my own sense of the child as a person, and to my – well, let’s call it fanaticism – about being a part of a civilization with an intellectual tradition. Recently, a tutoring student, a high-school senior…
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