Of Memes and Things

Here is  part of the sisters' nature table which greets visitors at the side door.
So, my friend from New Zealand, Rachael, tagged me for this homeschool meme. "Meme" is an interesting word that I rarely hear in everyday conversation.   Here is a slideshow and an article for further reading, if you are so inclined.

Ten Unforgettable Web Memes 
(How many are you familiar with?  This is interesting!)

What Defines a Meme?
(Here we find out that Richard Dawkins coined the word in 1976.)

On with the questions!

1.  One homeschooling book you have enjoyed -  

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

2.  One resource you wouldn't be without - 

One?  Come on, I can't do that!

First would be the canvas tote that holds my morning readings. (Gratefulness Journal, Bible, Pen, A Diary of Prayer by Goudge, Scale How Meditations by Mason, Edges of His Ways by Carmichael and yes, Our Daily Bread)

Second would have to be Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series (6 volume set).

3.  One resource you wish you had never bought -

About 10 years ago, I bought a Switched-On Schoolhouse - Minnesota History course.  The contrast in method was so jarring to us, it was quickly returned.  Besides, I have since found some wonderful living books for our Minnesota history.

4.  One resource you enjoyed last year -

I enjoyed my ipad.  It has enhanced some of our schooling while cuddled up on the couch.  Have you seen Victoria Falls at Google Earth?  Quick - how do we pronounce Couperin? My collection of 225 Yesterday's Classics titles is rather delicious, too.

5.  One resource you will be using next year -

Well, I hope to dig in deeper at the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection.  The upper level exam examples are, IMHO, breathtaking.

6. One resource you would like to buy - 

I would like to buy a camper - does that count?

7.  One resource you wish existed - 

I have wished this resource existed and know now  that it will exist very soon!  It's taken up much of my time over the past year.  Here's a blurb about it -

Non-profit ChildLightUSA Developing New Mason Curriculum  
Dedicated to recovering and promoting Charlotte Mason's educational theories and practices, ChildLightUSA is developing a curriculum meticulously modeled after what Mason describes in her six volumes.  A seven-member Design Team is changing the current paradigm of education, collaborating on a rich, modern and flexible K-12 Mason curriculum.  This new curriculum will feature Mason distinctives such as 18 subjects per grade level for use in various educational venues including public, charter, private and web-based learning communities. The projected release date is fall of 2012.

8. One homeschool catalog you enjoy reading - 

Honestly, I don't read any.  At least not in the past 5 years or so.  Is that weird?

9.  One homeschool website you use regularly - 

That's easy - Ambleside Online.  I mainly use it because of the wonderful search engine.  It is so helpful for any research and writing.

10. Tag six other homeschoolers -

Bobby Jo


  1. Wow,Nancy,you are a true Charlotte Mason homeschooler! The only mention of a " regular curriculum" was the one you didn't use!
    What exciting news about the new CM curriculum too.
    I would love to know how you taught/teach writing (essays etc) to your college/high school children, I was very impressed with your son's post on the Childlight USA blog.

  2. I'd love to know which living books you've used to teach Minnesota history. We live in Minneapolis and I've been wishing I had some books to share with my children about our state's history. Would you be so kind as to share the titles of the one's you've used in the past?

  3. Thanks, Nancy!

    I've posted my meme: http://learningjourneyjournal.blogspot.com/2011/09/homeschool-meme-thank-you-nancy.html

  4. I am tagged! Will get to it and pass this on!
    Just back in town so my mind is still in summer mode! Aha .... and I'm teaching The Epic of Gilgamesh. Very hard to get my mind into that!