The second interview in the Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods is with a super-special friend of mine, Brandy Vencel. I am not (currently) a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, but sitting at the feet of Brandy keeps inching me more and more in that direction I think. I just love chatting with her about Charlotte Mason.
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Brandy, who has used Ambleside Online since her oldest was in first grade, is on the Ambleside Online Auxiliary Board. She also provides excellent Charlotte Mason support on her blog Afterthoughts.

I hope you enjoy meeting Brandy.

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Audio Notes

The minute and second mark to find the following topics.

  • 2:34 What influenced Brandy’s decision to use the Charlotte Mason method of education.
  • 3:52 Why Brandy thinks it’s okay to start with Charlotte Mason practices before you completely understand Charlotte Mason principles.
  • 7:04 Why Charlotte Mason principles are great for meeting the child where he or she is.
  • 8:54 Charlotte Mason’s 20 principles and why they are the heart of a Charlotte Mason education.
  • 14:30 Brandy’s typical day – goats and all.
  • 16:10 All about Brandy’s Morning Time (She calls it Circle Time.)
  • 23:49 Can you still use some favorite mainstream curriculum with a Charlotte Mason education?
  • 28:38 Brandy’s “one thing” that she feels is the heart of a Charlotte Mason education.
  • 29:21 Why Brandy feels the Charlotte Mason method is the best way to educate a child.

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Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.