Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sinigang na Mackerel + Uni-Pak Giveaway


When it comes to the kitchen, Tsep Dad is our "bida" and I'm glad to be his assistant. I usually help with the preparation. We cook together for me to learn and also this is our "us" time. But the Tsep usually gives the instructions and determine the final taste. 

Sinigang is a favorite Pinoy dish at home. My kids love its sour and savory taste. So, we decided to make Sinigang with a "twist" using Uni-Pak Mackerel instead of the usual pork. 

Sinigang na Mackerel


2 cans of 425g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural oil, drained (set aside the broth)
1 medium sized Onion, sliced
2 pcs Tomatoes, quartered
1-2 cups of Water
Sinigang Mix
Salt and pepper to taste
Kangkong leaves
Okra, cut into 3 pieces
Eggplant, cut into mouth size

How to cook:

1. Place the water, onion, and tomatoes. Bring to boil until the tomatoes are tender.
2. Add the Uni-Pak Mackerel broth and simmer.
3. Add salt, pepper and Sinigang mix.
4. Add the vegetables: okra, eggplant, and kangkong.
5. Add the Mackerel and simmer.
6. Serve hot.

Wow! That's one easy dish for the entire family! My kids really like it and my little one can't stop saying "Yummy!". We tried doing Sinigang in the past using Cream Dory since my boys don't like Bangus. But now that we discovered Uni-Pak Mackerel for our Sinigang, this is the best alternative. We have a new addition to our grocery list, hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan!

Sinigang na Mackerel

Mackerel is also loaded with DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) that helps lessen the chance of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. It also helps reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Uni-Pak is a high-quality brand manufactured by SLORD Develoment Corporation. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, kaya basta Mackerel dapat tatak Uni-Pak!


Because Uni-Pak would like to bless you, I am hosting a giveaway and one (1) winner will receive a gift pack from Uni-Pack. Simply follow the steps below:

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This giveaway will run from October 01 - October 22, 2017. The announcement of winner will be posted on this blog and in Qarah Moments Facebook Page. The winners will also receive a personal message. I hope you can join!

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Ambleside Online Year 1

Ambleside Online

Here's a glimpse of our first year using the Charlotte Mason Education and Ambleside Online Curriculum.

AO Year 1
AO Year 1 Schedule
AO Year 1
Loop Schedule
This is how our day looks like (don't mind the misspelled word, hehe). I learned about Loop Schedule from my friend Jona and it has been very effective for us. Though I wish I'll be more faithful in following the scheduled time because honestly, I don't (Haha). There are changes every now and then due to some interruptions along the way. But I made sure to stick with short lessons (20 minutes per subject except for copywork which is 10 minutes) and narrations after reading.

AO Year 1

Our Morning Basket includes the 4 B's (Bed, Breakfast, Bible, Bath) and Hymn. Here are the Hymns we studied for this year:

Term 1
"Silent Night"
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
"O God Our Help In Ages Past"

Term 2
"May The Mind Of Christ My Savior"
"Guide me Oh Thou Great Jehovah"
 "I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art"

Term 3
 "He Leadeth Me Oh Blessed Thought"
"It Is Well With My Soul"
"Be Thou My Vision"

Perhaps we do not attach enough importance to the habit of praise in our children’s devotion. Praise and thanksgiving come freely from the young heart; gladness is natural and holy, and music is a delight. The singing of hymns at home and of the hymns and canticles in church should be a special delight; and the habit of soft and reverent singing, of offering our very best in praise, should be carefully formed.

But the duty of praise is not for occasional or rare seasons; it waits at our doors every day. ~ Charlotte Mason

AO Year 1

For the list of Recitation and Memory Work, you can read it here.

We followed the scheduled Bible rotation in Ambleside Online and at the same time, "Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here" by Apologia Press.


We are using Singapore Math for our Math curriculum. We borrowed books from our friend since it's too costly to purchase an entire set.


AO Year 1

Since my son is fond of drawing, I was encouraged to have him do a Drawing Narration. He enjoyed it very much though the downside is, it is very time-consuming. Sometimes, he will finish it the next day because he wants to put more drawings. So, I do not encourage doing this every day, during free time maybe.

AO Year 1
Drawing Narration of Our Island Story
We made sure to have our own timeline for history as well. I used two timelines, one is a drawing timeline and the other one is an accordion for the list of all people and events we discussed along the way. I got this idea from Gina Guerrero-Roldan of Our Living, Learning Children.

AO Year 1
Drawing Book of Centuries
AO Year 1
Accordion Timeline
AO Year 1
Vikings Invasion
“It is a great thing to possess a pageant of history in the background of one’s thoughts.” (Charlotte Mason, Vol. 6, p. 178)


Paddle-to-the-Sea is one of our favorites for this year. We enjoyed following Paddle's journey.

AO Year 1


My son drew some birds from Burgess Bird but eventually grew tired of it. But that's ok with me, he can always do it on free time and just for leisure, not really a requirement.

AO Year 1

We also used Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day by Apologia Press and here is our Ocean Box:

I guess this will be my last required busy work for my child.


I love how the method is helping my son to improve his handwriting.

AO Year 1

We are also learning Spanish as Foreign Language using Duolingo. We picked Spanish since there are thousands of Spanish loanwords used in our Philippine Language.

Riches is one of the things I need to get serious with. We often neglect to do this part especially if we are running out of time or in case I have chores to do. Hopefully, I'll be more faithful with this next year.

AO Year 1

For our handicraft, we did yarn weaving in a cardboard loom, check it here.

Nature Study

If we cannot go far, we usually do nature study in our front yard. We were growing calamansi, chili, oregano and tomato.

AO Year 1

We also do indoor nature study. We used some photos of insect that we had on the laptop.

AO Year 1

Here are some of our nature finds, this is not really much but it reminds me to do nature walk more often.

AO Year 1

"Children should be made early intimate with the trees, too; should pick out half a dozen trees, oak, elm, ash, beech, in their winter nakedness, and take these to be their year-long friends."–– Charlotte Mason

You can also check my compiled AO Chronicles of my kids here.

Here are my son's favorite books from this year:

AO Year 1

Other books not in the picture:

Our Island Story, Burgess Bird, Blue Fairy Book, Red Fairy Book (we read them on e-book). Paddle-to-the Sea, James Herriot and Pinocchio (books were borrowed/currently borrowed by other friend).

He really loves our readings for this year and we are both excited for more!

We are grateful to God for leading us to this generous and rich curriculum. Thanks also to Charlotte Mason for her legacy and to all who created Ambleside Online. Our homeschooling journey has never been this exciting!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Treat Your Feet: What to Expect on Your First Pedicure

Would you agree that our feet deserve to be spoiled and pampered once in a while?

Statistics shows, women are more susceptible to experience severe foot pain than men. That is mostly because of high-heeled shoes. As for me, I gave up on those shoes a long time ago. Especially now that I always have my kids around me. But it doesn't exempt me from having a tired, aching feet.

Pedicures are a common treatment in beauty salons, but if you have never had your feet pampered before, your first appointment can be a little daunting. However, a pedicure can be the ultimate form of pampering, soothing aching feet and boosting your mood. So, what can you expect from your first pedicure?

Be Prepared:

It is always a good idea to schedule your appointment in advance at the beauty salon. Melbourne CBD businesses will often allow “walk-in” clients, but to get the best out of your pedicure, you need to be prepared. You will need to wear open-toed shoes such as sandals or thongs and if you prefer your own nail polish. You need to allow at least an hour for your pedicure. Your appointment may be completed in 30 minutes, but it is a good idea to wait in the salon to ensure your polish is completely dry before putting on your shoes and leaving.

Remember, that you may be seated in an open area, so wear clothing that you feel comfortable in when your feet are in the air. Short skirts or tight leg pants can prove problematic, so give your wardrobe a little thought.

The Stages of Your Pedicure:

When it comes to beauty services, Melbourne salons often have their own techniques, but there are some common elements of a pedicure. The first step will be to remove any nail polish you have on your toes. Your feet will be soaked in soothing warm water before the nails are cut and shaped using emery boards and clippers. This is my favorite part! Most technicians will offer you a choice of whether you prefer a squared or rounded shape. I always go for a square shape.

Treat Your Feet: What to Expect on Your First Pedicure

Once the nails are shaped, the technician will treat your cuticles. A cuticle lotion will be applied to the edges of your toenails, and the technician will use a wand and trimmers to push back the cuticle and trim any dead skin.

The technician will now use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin and callouses from your feet. Your feet will be given a final soak before being patted dry with a fluffy, clean towel.

Most salons will apply lotion to the feet and legs, massaging the skin. The technician will separate the toes using inserts or cotton, so nail polish can be applied. Typically, two coats of colour will be applied before a final topcoat. You will be asked to sit for ten minutes until the polish is dry enough to remove the dividers. You can then sit in the waiting area until you are fully dry and you can ease on your footwear and show off your beautiful toes.

Treat Your Feet: What to Expect on Your First Pedicure

If you are interested in beauty services, Melbourne’s Totally Skin & Beauty is here to help. They offer a wide range of services to enhance your beauty. Melbourne CBD visitors will find it easy to locate or call them for salon details.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Celebrating Natural Beauty with the Naturals Beauty Fair

Naturals Beauty Fair
When it comes to skincare, who doesn't want to go natural? We know the harmful effects of using too many chemicals on our skin that's why most women like me, would opt for those products that are as natural as nature.

Natural beauty takes center stage as Lazada holds its 
Naturals Beauty Fair from Sept. 27 to 30. The nature-based campaign led by Unilever will bring out your inner glow with your most-loved naturals beauty finds at a steal.
Give your hair the de-stressing it needs with TRESEMME's Detox & Nourish Range for as low as P106. TRESEMME's Detox & Nourish Shampoo 170ML will have a promo price of P106 while the conditioner will be available for P110 during the sale.
Naturals Beauty Fair
Enjoy up to 30% off on ST. IVES' body wash. Both of ST. IVES'  Purifying Sea Saltand Smoothing Apricot Body Wash will be priced at P168 during the campaign period - a 30% discount from its SRP of P240. Also to launch first in Lazada is the Natural Glow Kit. For only P171, you're getting not only the 170-gram ST. IVES Apricot Scrub but also a 28-gram travel-sized Apricot Scrub tube.

Other brands to participate in the Naturals Beauty Fair include 
DOVE which will havelimited edition gift sets for only P99 and POND'S with its limited edition Washable Cold Cream gift setsSIMPLE will also have as much as 50% off on its products andVASELINE will offer as much as 15% off. To top it all, you will also get an extra 10% off with the voucher code NATURALBEAUTY with a minimum purchase of P700 on participating Unilever products. 

So mark your calendars and visit from Sept. 27 to 30 to take advantage of these beauty treats!
Naturals Beauty Fair
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Manila International Book Fair 2017

I went to MIBF yesterday, It was a last-minute shopping because I don't have time on weekdays to go there. Thankfully, hubby was so supportive when I requested to drop by. This was my second year going to this Book Fair (read my first year experience here).

Unlike last year, I know which store to go this time and I have a list of books that I wanted to buy. I went there alone while my boys are in the car. I have a ticket printed and a map which is very helpful especially if you have no plans of staying there for long hours. I'm also on a strict budget that's why I don't want to roam around. No blog events also for me because I cannot commit my time.

The good thing with last-minute shopping is people are already heading home, some are tired and already resting and/or eating. I arrived there past 5:00PM and it wasn't too crowded.

Here are the stores I visited this year and what I purchased from them.

I went to Anvil to buy Alamat books from Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes. Unfortunately, there's only one Alamat left, the downside of last-minute buying (sigh).

Manila International Book Fair 2017
Php 65.60 (Original Price: 82php, 20% off)

I got the best deal here at Tahanan! My heart was sooo happy and leaping with joy for this set of Great Filipino Lives. It costs Php 295 for 8 pcs! Mind you, the regular price of each book is Php 100. Sulit diba?

Manila International Book Fair 2017
8 pcs for Php 295.00

If you missed this, fret not because their sale is extended until December! See details below.

Manila International Book Fair 2017

I went to Adarna to buy Buwan, Buwang, Bulawan - a collection of poetry for kids. Unfortunately, they run out of stocks, again, the downside of late buying.

Since I only got one Alamat from Anvil, I decided to peek at Lamapara Books. They have a wide selection of alamats priced at Php 84.75. The lady who was assisting me said they offer 20% off on those books plus you can have it signed by the author who was present that day. 

However, when I was in the cashier, they did not give me the 20% off for the three books I took. I asked the cashier after she handed me the receipt. She said you need to have an app first to avail the off. She was referring to the Precious Shop app. Well, I didn't know that I needed to download it, so I asked if I can download it even though I paid already and she said no. It was very disappointing because I was not informed ahead of time and there's no sign whatsoever on the stall of the books. So I bought these books at their regular price.

Manila International Book Fair 2017

I passed by MSA Booth and I got these Singapore Math Sample Problems for FREE.

Manila International Book Fair 2017

Although my experience was not all pleasant, I chose to focus on the good and happy things. I'm happy with the books I got and I'm excited to immerse ourselves to Philippine Literature as we build our stacks little by little. We also experienced the MOA Eye after going to MIBF.

Manila International Book Fair 2017

Thank you MIBF, see you next year!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Handicraft # 1: Basic Weaving

Over and under...over and under...

"The children I am speaking of are much occupied with things as well as with books, because 'Education is the Science of Relations,' is the principle which regulates their curriculum; that is, a child goes to school with many aptitudes which he should put into effect. So, he learns a good deal of science, because children have no difficulty in understanding principles, though technical details baffle them. He practises various handicrafts that he may know the feel of wood, clay, leather, and the joy of handling tools, that is, that he may establish a due relation with materials. But, always, it is the book, the knowledge, the clay, the bird or blossom, he thinks of, not his own place or his own progress." - CM Volume 6, pg.31

Handicraft # 1: Weaving

For our first year of using the Charlotte Mason Method, we did cardboard loom weaving. My son loves to do things quickly, which is one habit we are working on. We don't want him to do sloppy work. We scheduled handicraft during riches. Sometimes, my son will grab the materials and work on his weaving during free time. We did a lot of practice on this until he was able to do it correctly. CM emphasizes on the habit of attention and perfect execution, this is one way of implementing it.

Handicraft # 1: Weaving
I'm already satisfied with his work so I guess we can move on to the next level or maybe, a different handicraft. I'm thinking of sewing for my son, hmmm. I'll keep you posted!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

AO Year 1: Oral Narrations

I transcribed some of the Oral Narrations of my Son as part of his output. Output is required if you are enrolled in a Homeschool Provider.

Why narration?

Narration, or oral composition, utilizes many mental functions. Each time your child narrates, he is mentally composing his thoughts and communicating through words. Many specific comprehension skills are learned through narration - sequencing, main idea, details - and it's also good practice in listening and in speaking skills. ~ Ambleside Online

These are all from the book Aesop Fables since it is typically short and I don't want to stress myself transcribing longer ones (hehehe). I removed some fillers but this is exactly how he narrated it.

Oral Narration
The Lion and the Ass

One day, a lion was walking proudly while the animals are making way for him, maybe too bowing down, for he is the king of the jungle. Just then, suddenly, an ass brayed at him, he felt a flash of anger and turn his head who had spoken to. So, he didn’t even pounce the ass, he just walked away. The lesson is, “Do not listen to fools”.

The Travellers and the Purse

One day, two travelers were walking on the down a road. Then one of them spotted a purse. He said, “How lucky I am to found a purse on the road. Maybe, judging its weight, it’s full of gold”. His companion said that he must say, “not I”, “how lucky WE are!”. But he said, he is the one who found it. 

There came men with clubs and he said, “Maybe you are lost”. But the other companion said, “not WE, stick to your I” he said.  

If you want to share your misfortunes, always share your good fortunes.

The Frogs who wished for a King

One day, the frog were happy for themselves free. But they do nothing but croaking in a bored way. So, they asked Jupiter for them to have a king. But Jupiter knows how foolish they are. So he threw out a giant log and the frog hid themselves because the log was a fearful giant. 
But the frogs checked but he was a tamed king. So, sometimes, the younger frog made him a diving platform and the older frogs made him a meeting place. But they soon found out how bored they are. So, they cried out to Jupiter for king. But Jupiter gave them a crane to be king of frog land. Its quite different than old King Log. So, the thing is that, since King Log was peaceful and tamed, the crane king was wild. He gobbled up all the frogs, right and left. The frogs cried out to Jupiter. But Jupiter said that why aren’t they content? The lesson is, “Be careful of your misfortunes before you seek changes”.

The Oak and the Reeds

One day, an oak tree which is beside the reeds, which is near a brook. When wind came they bowed down and sang a mournful song. But the tree said, why do they bow down. But the reed said that they’re bowing before them so that they’ll not harm them. But the tree stand firm and fighting against the wind but they said that his end has come. Now, there came a great hurricane from the North and the tree fought himself. The reeds bow down. Just then, the wind doubled up its fury and sadly the tree fell, the proudful tree, among the creeping reeds.

The Ass in the Lion’s Skin

An ass found a wolf skin laying in the sand to dry. Then he wore it, then all the animals who saw him passed. The ass was so happy that he thought, he was actually like the king lion. So, he gave up a loud bray and a fox who was with the running saw him and began to laugh at him saying, “You should have keep your mouth shut. If so, I should have been frightened, then runaway. But you gave yourself away with a silly, little bray.”

The lesson is, anyone can deceive with their clothing but what they say reveals who are really them.

The Bees, and Wasps, and the Hornet

There was a honeycomb in a hollow tree and the bees proclaimed it it's theirs. But the wasps said that it's theirs. Then, they began to have a fight and when they are going to have a fight, there came the judge, justice of peace in that part of woods. The hornet, the justice of peace in that part of the woods then, proclaimed them and then the Hornet said, the wise judge Hornet, the justice of peace in that part of the wood said that he will have time, 6 weeks to think of it. So, six weeks later, everybody, the bees and the wasps who’s larger than ever, are crowded. Then, the wise judge Hornet, the justice of peace in that part of the wood. The old bees said, that those who cannot build it shall not proclaim it its theirs, but those who build it. Then the wasps hum loudly and the reason is, they could not build and fill it wih honey, mouthwatering honey. So, the Hornet, the wise judge Hornet, the justice of peace in that part of the wood said that the honey belong to the bees.

The lesson is, “ability proves it by its deeds”.

The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle

Ond day in the farmyard, there were two cocks living there. Then, they can’t bear to stand the sight of each other. And at last, they fought beak and claw, and at last one of them was beaten and run to the corner to hide. The cock then, the one who won, flew at the top of the barnyard and crowed so hard to tell the whole world, “I am the master of my victory!”.

But suddenly, there came an egle who saw his boasting compliments. Then, he took him to its nest. Then, his enemy, the other cock saw and took place as master of the barnyard.

Lesson is, “Pride goes before a fall.”

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Monday, September 11, 2017

AO Year 1: Recitation and Memory Work

Recitation and Memory Work

It is a delightful thing to have the memory stored with beautiful, comforting, and inspiring passages. ~ Charlotte Mason

Here is a compilation of the Recitation and Memory Work we've done for our Ambleside Online Year 1:


Charlotte Mason Motto V1
Charlotte Mason Motto V2 (Ambleside Online)
Charlotte Mason V3 (With Memory Verse)


Term 1
"The Moon" by Robert Luis Stevenson
"Busy" by A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six
"Solitude" by A.A.Milne, Now We Are Six

Term 2
"A Thought" by A.A.Milne, Now We Are Six
"Cradle Song"  by A.A.Milne, Now We Are Six
"Night" by William Blake

Term 3
"Raindrops" by Kate Greenaway
"The Ostrich Is A Silly Bird" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"The Hummingbird" by Mary Howitt


Term 1
Psalm 23 KJV
Philippians 2:3 NIV
Philippians 4:4-9, Final Exhortations NIV

Term 2
Galatians 6:9 NIV
Psalm 100 NIV
Ephesians 6:1-3 KJV

Term 3
Matthew 25:21 NIV
Jonah 2:9 NIV
John 13:34-35 KJV


"The Tempest", Prospero's "Be not so amazed daughter Miranda" speech
"The Midsummer Night's Dream", The Foolish Clown, "Good Mr. Cobweb" speech
"The Winter's Tale", The Oracle
"As You Like it",  The Banished Duke, "These chilling winds" speech
"The Twelfth Night or What You Will", Sebastian, "This comes with seeking you.." speech


Term 1
"Bayan Ko"
"Bahay Kubo"
"Atin Cu Pung Singsing"

Term 2
"Tong Tong  Tong Pakitong-kitong"
"Ako Ay May Lobo"
"Lupang Hinirang"

Term 3
"Leron Leron Sinta"
"Paruparong Bukid"
"Sitsiritsit Alibangbang"


Term 1
"De Colores"

Term 2
"Los Pollitos Dicen"

Term 3
Un Elefante Se Balanceaba

Even my 3 yo is joining in activities.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

AO Chronicles Part 1

I love how my kids make personal connections with the AO books we read, here are some of their narratives:

AO Chronicles Part 1

My son was taking a bath and striking the water. He said he is catching a fish because he is a Heron (the blue Heron from Burgess Bird).

My son was playing with coins as armies. He then screamed, "Wretched!".

My son got water to drink, lifted it up and say, "I'm gonna drink the funeral ale!".

We were looking at our male budgie who was puffing out its feathers and I said, "look!". Gabi said, "Some of the feathered folk boasts and strutted their feathers proudly".

While reading Pilgrim's Progress:
Gabi: Mom, I have a question, are we going to have books in heaven? Like AO books?
Mom: That I cannot tell, why?
Gabi: Because I want to read eh.
AO Chronicles Part 1

We were passing by Bacoor Bay and my 3 yo saw a boat. He blurted out, "Oh, it's paddle!".

Gael: Mom, it will rain because there's a west wind?

Gael: Mom, is that roundabout?
Mom: Yes.
Gael: Roundabout and roundabout and roundabout I go! 

So there, I hope you enjoy. I look forward to more of these as we immerse into this rich curriculum.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Charlotte Mason Education: An Atmosphere, A Discipline and A Life

I attended a talk on Charlotte Mason Education last May, conducted by Gina Guerrero-Roldan of Our Living, Learning. I recently shared how our Charlotte Mason Journey started in my previous post and I'm so blessed to learn a lot from her.

Charlotte Mason Education: An Atmosphere, A Discipline and A Life

Here are the things I've learned from Gina's talk:

Charlotte Mason is an educator from England and developed her vision for "a liberal education for all. By "liberal", Charlotte envisioned a generous and broad curriculum for all children, regardless of social class.

In educating our children, a method is necessary. A method is natural; easy yielding, unobtrusive, simple as the ways of nature herself; yet, watchful, careful, all pervading, all compelling. A method is different from a system. If you know the method to use, you know where you are heading, it gives us directions. Without it, we can be swayed every time there's a new curriculum coming out in the market. The fact is, there will always be new curriculum and If you don't have a defined method, you would want to try each one of them. The end result? You will not be satisfied with what you have, no clear homeschool path. 

One of the principles of Charlotte Mason is a Child is born persons. An individual who thinks, acts and feels. He is a separate human being. Whose strengths lie on who he is, not in who he will become. He is a complete person, not empty buckets to be filled nor someone to mold. They are worthy of equal respect. Their minds are already capable of taking in the rich ideas. No wonder there are times I am amazed how a toddler can easily process things. Honestly, this has helped me see my child in a different spiritual lens. At the same time, it took away some weight on my shoulder when it comes to educating my children.

There are three Educational Instruments by Charlotte Mason: 1. The atmosphere of environment, 2. The discipline of habit, 3. Presentation of Living Ideas. Therefore, "Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life".

Education is an Atmosphere 

Education is an atmosphere doesn't mean that we should create an artificial environment for children. But that we use the opportunities in the environment he already lives in to educate him. She said our children learn from real things in the real world. We are not to organize perfection because real world captivates them and they are great adapters. 

Education is A Discipline

A discipline of habits formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body. Cultivating good habits makes up one-third of our children's education. The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days. Two main habits that our child needs to exercise is the habit of obedience and habit of attention. Habits produce character. We must train our children in habits, and religious habits. The effort is in the forming of a habit, once it is formed, it is no longer strenuous. You can pick one habit to work on until it becomes natural. There are habits on decency and propriety, mental, physical, moral or religious habits. In our family, we have a lot of habits to quit and at the same time to work on. 

In CM education, mental discipline of attention involves short lessons, the discipline of reading once, then narrating.

Education is a life

"All the thought we offer to our children shall be living thought; no mere dry summaries of facts will do".  For the mind is capable of dealing only one kind of food; it lives, grows and is nourished upon ideas only; mere information is to it as a meal of sawdust to the body. Children should be fed great intellectual and moral ideas through a generous curriculum. Living ideas can make learning a delight to a child and a passion for life. In CM, we do not spoon feed ideas, we let the child process for himself. This is very challenging for me because I love giving speeches or lectures. But CM, wants teachers to talk less.

Living ideas can be obtained from living books. Living books are those that have literary power, have ideas, virtuous, inspiring, narrative and generational. Living books make us think, our mind grows because of ideas.

In order to present living ideas, you must have living books, narration, provide a feast, short lessons, nature walks, riches, and slowly taking away busy work.

After her talk, I started getting rid of twaddle books at home because I am determined to start our living books library. I still have few titles which my son doesn't want to let go like Magic Tree House. I go on book hunting once in a while (if the budget permits). I started getting rid of busy work in our homeschooling.

We want our kids to care and not just to know. The aim of a CM Education is not to finish the book but to have a relationship with it. It is hard for me because I love accomplishing things and get things done but I need a complete change of perspective. To be honest, the more I learn about CM, the more I'm loving it.
Charlotte Mason Education
Photo Courtesy of my dear friend Irinne
There are a lot of Charlotte Mason resources online but I'm currently concentrating on Ambleside Online since it is a Christian Curriculum and it's FREE. I read once that the result of this method is not immediate but you have to trust the method. I know our homeschooling will never be the same again, thanks to Miss Mason's philosophy of education. Thanks also to Gina for sharing not just her knowledge but also her passion with Charlotte Mason.

There's more to learn in this method and I'm thrilled to discover it one step at a time.

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