What is the best part about homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way?
For me, it’s the fact that I am learning just as much as my children! When we started following Ambleside Online’s curriculum, I wasn’t expecting this side effect. It’s not only that I am learning. It’s that I am being inspired in my own life. By spending a little time each week on a wide variety of subjects, my own creativity is blossoming for the first time since childhood!
In no area have I felt more inspired than in art. I love art study. I love drawing. It breathes life into my day which would otherwise be focused on chores, work and to-do lists. My children take their cues from me, especially my daughter, and we challenge each other to try new techniques and do something that we’ve never done before.
These experiences led me to start illustrating one of my favorite books from Ambleside Online’s Year 2 curriculum: The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge. I’ll be honest. It wasn’t until I read it a second time that I fell in love with it. Now I can’t get enough of it! I know that we don’t need illustrations in order to appreciate the story, but I am such a visual person that I wanted to take the images in my mind and share them. The copy of the book that we have is illustrated, but I just didn’t see the characters and the story in quite the same way as the original artist.
So, without further ado, I present a coloring page or simply an illustration for those who might enjoy it. (Right-click to save and print the image or click here for the PDF version: Coronation.) Do you recognize this part of the story?
And another one… (Here is the PDF: Osmond Wings )
Here is the third one that I’ve completed (PDF: Defending_The_Falcon):
Richard hunting with Hardigras, his bloodhound:
Has teaching with a Charlotte Mason style made a significant change in your life? I’d love to hear about how others are being inspired!