Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fabulous CM-esque Freebies and a Give-away

Here's a peek at my workspace. Note the Alice Cantrell calendar on the right.

Aren't you just tickled by all the sharing that goes on in the on-line community? The sharing of ideas and encouragement among home educators is so heartily appreciated that today I would like to share with you some down-loadable inspiration that I love (and a humble give-away at the end):

A Number of Things is Alice Cantrell's blog on "living a creative life...with kids." Along with a number of things to enliven handicraft and cooking in your home (and outside), Alice also generously offers a free calendar of her own talented design. Her calendar not only tells you the date and lunar phase, it will rouse your hunger for nature study and inspire your mommy-self to get out those tubes and pans of watercolors.

Those good folks over at Simply Charlotte Mason have done.it.again and I do mean again. A Thinking Love by Sonya Shafer is the sixth release in a line of free e-books that invite us to further explore Charlotte Mason's thoughts and methods. This time they've gifted us with three formats for use with our favorite eReader.

Lookie what I found while out thrifting at our local Goodwill! Though lodged snugly between some popular fiction and Roget's Thesaurus, no one could mistake that red and white spine from Charlotte Mason Research & Supply. I couldn't resist picking up A Philosophy of Education to give away right here. To enter to win this pristine copy, simply leave a comment by Monday, March 7th. Don't worry if you don't have the first in the series - Charlotte's teachings stand well enough alone in each volume. Already have the series? Perhaps you could offer the book to a friend who is new to Charlotte's methods.

Thank you Alice and Sonya & team for these wonder-full gifts of your time and talent.


Renelle said...

Hi Richele,
How exciting to have found CM book hiding in amongst the others. I love the links and your free calendar very pretty. I'll join you for a coffee over A thinking Love. On my wish list is either a kindle or and ipad. Thankyou for sharing, I always love visiting your place. Blessings Renelle

Richele said...

Hi Renelle, I actually found the book at a local second-hand store. I couldn't believe anyone would give it up but it looks as though the cover has never been broken.

I've gone back since hoping to find the other volumes but it was not meant to be.

Renelle said...

I love second hand stores and garage sales. I organised a @nd hand curriculum book sale about a week ago and picked up Edith Holden's A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and her Nature Journal, a few Shirley Hughes books and Draw Your Way Through History for $10 very excited.

joyfulmum said...

oh wow, that just goes to show you live in the US to find a book like that in a second hand bookshop! woe to us Aussies, we all have to pay full price for these amazing books!
Anyway, I'd like to enter the draw if I may (being in another country and all) and I did download the thinking love ebook and have already read it, it was very good!

Laura Lou said...

I too haunt second-hand stores and my first stop is always the bookshelves! I especially love when owners don't even know what golden nuggets lie on their shelves! I once walked home with a first edition of Hawthorne's Grandfather's Chair, after paying only $2!!! <3

Shirley Ann said...

Oh Wow!! What an amazing find! Please enter my name into the draw. We have just moved from South Africa to England and I had to leave my whole CM series behind! ;o( Would love to start collecting them again.

Melissa said...

You are always such a great resource for resources, aren't you!?!?!
A Thinking Love is wonderful - love SCM! I am hopping over to visit Alice's blog now :o)
Thank you, sweet Friend!

Sarah said...

I'm leaving a comment! I'd love a chance to read the Philosophy of Education. What a find!

Amy said...

what a fun give away. I love the calendar and need to go peruse her sight. So I have a question and please feel free to say no - would you mind sharing your scope and sequence with me. I really have no idea how to do one of these but I see they could be beneficial. My email is amyjanecook @ gmail.com. If you don't want to share yours can you help with the concept. I am at a loss

Nancy said...

I have that same calendar next to my desk! You are so sweet to have a giveaway.

Ring true,

Crystal said...

I am new to the Charlotte Mason approach to home-education. I've been reading up on it, anything I can get really. Would love to be included in the "draw". thank you

Rebecca said...

Isn't it great to find fantastic books at the thrift store (I call it an "op shop" but never mind that)!
I'm learning a bit about the CM philosophy, gleaning from Jeanne, Rosemary and Renelle's blogs, but would love to read more.

Rebecca from Australia

Monica said...

Oh what a rich, precious, exciting find!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, sifting through thrift stores, consignment stores and garage sales to see what fun treasures I find!!!
I just "met" Charlotte Mason this past summer and quickly began a relationship with her in our learning life!!!
Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway!!

Raggedy Princess said...

This would be great to read through. I'm new to CM... I've been doing a good bit of research and reading on her. I haven't started homeschooling yet, but will officially begin in the fall :-)

Gina Roldan said...

What a treat! I have the whole series tuck in my computer but nothing beats flipping real pages of a book! Especially of Charlotte masons :)

Alisha said...

Oh wow! That's an awesome find. I'm new to your blog and Charlotte Mason, in general. I found you from the Charlotte Mason blog carnival. Can't wait to learn more about her!

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I'm leaving a comment! I'd love a chance to read the Philosophy of Education.That's an awesome find.