My Blog Adventure!

Welcome to my blog! It's high time this 46 year old ventures into blog world and joins the ranks of you intriguing bloggers. First off, you should know I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart. I love His Creation, His Word, His forgiveness, His mercy, and His being the Savior of my life. He is my reason for living! After the Lord, my next love in life is my outdoor-lovin', prankster pullin', hard workin' man I've called my husband for 22 years and counting. My 3 sons - to whom this blog is dedicated - have the next piece of my heart, and they fill my world with laughter, love, and laundry. I am calling this MY BLOG ADVENTURE... so hop into blog world with me... let's get to encouraging one another... this could be fun!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Charlotte Mason: Poetry Reading with Some Bling!

Though I enjoyed language arts back when I was in school, poetry was one thing I liked but never really loved.  I guess you could say I had kind of a "take it or leave it" feeling toward poetry.  HOD turned that kind of thinking around!  What began as a fledging kind of feeling of mediocre appreciation for poetry has blossomed into a LOVE of it - and what's better - my dc feel the same way!  In HOD, poetry begins from a young age within Beyond Little Hearts, and it keeps right on marching through time all the way through Resurrection to Reformation (it is planned in the new guide RevtoRev as well).  I think because of the way HOD has written it into the plans (by matching it with the history, by pairing it with short lessons on poetic devices, by sharing intriguing tidbits about a poet's life, by having dc use it for copywork slowly throughout the week, and by just encouraging enjoying reading the poems together in different ways) - because of all this - poetry is an unlikely well-loved subject in our house full of all boys that believe me, are ALL BOY.  Last year I gave the boys a microphone for Christmas, and it has morphed into the most desired way to "deliver" a poem - actually poem after poem, for even though the plans call for sharing ONE of the past poems studied that was a favorite, somehow everyone wants to do TWO... or THREE... or how ever many I'll allow.  I guess it's become our own poetry sharing time - what fun!  So, for those of you with a "take it or leave it" feeling toward poetry - give HOD a whirl - and if you do, why not do it up big by adding a microphone to the mix?  You may just find yourself taking a turn too!


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog Julie. Your blog looks great! I tried to email you from the HOD board but your email wasn't listed. I was looking through your schedules and charts and had a few questions for you when you have time. If you click on my name in this comment you will be taken to my profile page and you should be able to email me from there.

    The blog is coming along great. Feel free to ask if you have any questions. I'll be happy to help you.


  2. How sweet!! Sorry, it's a bunch of boys I shouldn't use the word sweet. How cool!! Is that better? I love how they want to share more than one! Thanks for sharing the microphone idea.

  3. Thanks, Paige! I like your blog and plan to follow it if I can figure out how. Momtime- you are so right, "sweet" they are but "cool" they'd rather be! We just pulled out the microphone again today, only it was my 4 yo that serenading us with the Alphabet Song! Too cute.

  4. Dear Julie,

    My name is Benjamin Bernier,

    I am a pastor, and homeschool dad of seven boys, who made his doctoral dissertation studying Charlotte Mason's Philosophy.

    I came across your blog looking for people with an appreciation for Mason's philosophy. I think that you would like to know about my recent publication:

    Scale How 'Meditations' by Charlotte M. Mason,

    The meditations are a record of a series of Sunday talks delivered by Mason during the year 1898, at the House of Education, "Scale How" in Ambleside Uk, where she presents a verse by verse commentary on the first chapters of the Gospel according to St. John.

    I found this collection while doing research at the Armitt library in Ambleside. Most people are not aware that Mason wrote these, and that they are an amazing source of devotional inspiration, a direct disclosure of Mason's religious views and instructive in the art of Christian meditation.

    That is why I am spreading the word so that more people may benefit from this important resource in Charlotte Mason's work.

    Let me know if you have any question,
    You may find more information at my blog:

    Thank you for your attention,
    At your service,

    Benjamin Bernier

    “This duty of devout meditation seems to me the most important part of the preparation of the mother or other teacher who would
    instruct children in the things of the Divine life.”
    Charlotte M. Mason.
    The Rev. Dr. Benjamin E. Bernier

  5. Rev. Benjamin - thank you for this information! I am a big fan of Charlotte Mason and will have to check this out. Thank you for sharing this!

    In Christ,