Nature Study – Bird Watching

Birds we have identified

House Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow

Our Favorite Bird ID resources!
Merlin Bird ID App

Bird Song Hero – sound matching game that helps you appreciate & visualize bird song.
Mnemonic Bird Songs List

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Resource Guide – Paddle to the Sea

***This Resource Guide is a work in progress!***


Anything other than handicrafts, narration, mapwork, and constructing a Paddle timeline, is most likely not compatible with Charlotte Mason methodology but is included here for those looking for a range of resources not necessarily CM.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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Author Spotlight – Clara Dillingham Pierson

Among the Pond People

Clara Dillingham Pierson was born March 11, 1868 in Coldwater, Michigan. She was the only child of Captain Lucius Abell Dillingham and Jennie Lincoln. She was primarily schooled at home by her mother, but did graduate from a kindergarten training program in Chicago. Before her marriage to John W.S. Pierson in 1894, she taught a two-year kindergarten-training course at Alma College. After her marriage, she began writing for and about children. Her books were published by E.P. Dutton & Co… Clara D. Pierson moved to Grand Rapids in 1930 with her husband John and lived there until her death in 1952.

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Resource Guide – Charlotte Mason Curriculum Options

Charlotte Mason Curricula – when used as directed provides a generally authentic Charlotte Mason education.

AmblesideOnline K-12
Living Books Curriculum K-8 $
Simply Charlotte Mason K-12 $
Charlotte Mason Help K-8
A Modern Charlotte Mason $
Mason’s Alveary (CMI) $
Mater Amabilis (Catholic)
Wildwood Curriculum (Secular)
A Gentle Feast $

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Resource Guide – Burgess Bird Book


The Burgess Bird Book
By Thornton W. Burgess

This wonderful introduction to the birds of North America is required reading in not only Year 1 of AmblesideOnline, but in many Charlotte Mason and other Classical Studies based curricula.

Through the eyes of Peter Rabbit we become acquainted with a variety of birds as they return to Peter’s neighborhood in the spring. In the context of the story about each bird, we hear about its nesting habits, its feeding preferences, and its interactions with other wildlife. We meet Jenny Wren, Scrapper the King-bird, Redwing the Blackbird, and dozens more.

Welcome Robin and Winsome Bluebird

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Copywork and Dictation


‘…the whole secret of spelling lies in the habit of visualizing words from memory… The gift of spelling depends upon the power the eye possesses to ‘take’ (in a photographic sense) a detailed picture of a word; and this is a power and habit, which must be cultivated in children from the first.’

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AmblesideOnline Year 1 Week 2

Ambleside Schedule


Bible – Genesis, The Flood

Church History – Trial and Triumph, Polycarp; Witness in the Arena (Lots of discussion over this one. Polycarp has always been a hero of mine.)

Literature – Aesop’s Fables, Belling the Cat (Oral Narration)

Poetry – A Child’s Garden of Verses



Reading/Phonics – McGuffey Readers


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