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October 23, 2019
In this final episode of season three, Renee Mathis is joined by special guest Andrew Kern who talks about what a mentor is, what we have to offer others, and why discipleship is the heart of everything we do.
October 11, 2019
Join Renee Mathis as she chats with her old friend, Andrea Lipinski, the director of the CiRCE Apprenticeship program, as she shares how mentors helped her become a better teacher (at home and in the classroom) and how their influence impacted her life as a working mom.Remember: if you like this podcast you can rate and review it and help us spread the word.
October 7, 2019
Author of the recently released book Sufficient Hope, Christina Fox joins Renee Mathis to discuss some of the important issues facing moms and how the gospel has the answer for each of them.Remember: when you rate and review the show it helps us spread the word!
September 19, 2019
In this episode of The Mason Jar Renee Mathis chats with Josh Krebs, a counselor, therapist, and homeschooling dad of 4. They chat about husbands, wives, moms, dads, and the power of great communication.
September 11, 2019
Join Renee Mathis for another conversation here on The Mason Jar with homeschooling mom and co-op leader, Jamie Rives. Jamie leads a Charlotte Mason co-op of 25 families in the Houston area. Find out the surprising truth of who is benefitting most!
September 5, 2019
Welcome back to the Mason Jar season 3! In this episode, Renee is joined by author and mom of 7, Rachel Jankovic. Rachel’s book You Who? addresses why moms matter -- and what that means practically speaking. She also has a great solution for countering the wrong voices with the right truth. If you like this show, please be sure to rate and review!
August 28, 2019
Welcome back! In this episode, season three host Renee Mathis is joined by two homeschooling sisters, Jami Marstall and Jodi Shell. Join in as they talk about homeschooling and family relationship (including dynamics between sisters, siblings, and cousins, oh my!).
August 21, 2019
The Mason Jar is back with a new series of episodes with Renee Mathis, a longtime homeschooling mother, conference speaker, and a head mentor in the CiRCE Institute's apprenticeship program. In episode 3.1 she is joined by her daughter Katie Krebs, a 2nd generation homeschooler, to discuss the kind of encouragement is needed for mom's who are “in the trenches” every day.
August 9, 2019
Join Karen Kern and her guests, Emily Hill and Heidi White for a discussion about the power of literature to provide children with what Charlotte Mason described as a "sense of the spaciousness of days" and "living pictures." They chat about choosing the best books, what engaging discussion looks like, narration, and reading aloud. Thanks for listening to this season of The Mason Jar! If you enjoyed it please consider rating the show on whatever app you use to listen.
July 11, 2019
Join Karen Kern and Elsie Iudicello as they discuss what Charlotte Mason wrote about the importance of play and getting outdoors, how the beauty of nature restores and refreshes, the difference between recreation and amusement, and how to guard our families against the negative influences of technology. Remember: subscribe, rate, review! And be sure to follow Elsie on IG @farmhouse_schoolhouse!
July 2, 2019
In this sixth episode of this season of The Mason Jar, Karen Kern and Emily Hill chat about how the experience of the beauty in nature contributes crucially to any family's culture. They discuss Charlotte Mason's essential teaching on getting children outside everyday and how she does with her own kids. She describes her three kinds of nature books, how getting kids outside with dad is different than being outside with mom, and offers some resources and tips she has found helpful. Plus, they chat about her family's recent excursion into the Colorado mountains! Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
June 10, 2019
Join Karen Kern as she chats with guests Elsie Iudicello and Emily Hill about the importance of exposing children to excellent art and music in a way that gives them the opportunity to participate at their own skill level, and how the arts train children to pay attention and discover truth, goodness, and beauty -- since, after all, education is a life! Elsie and Emily also share how they incorporate the arts into their daily and weekly schedules and offer suggestions for activities and resources.Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
May 29, 2019
In this episode Karen Kern is joined by Renee Mathis to discuss Renee's longtime love of cooking and the importance of establishing mealtime routines and traditions when children are young, thus passing on culinary delights to the next generation and preserving the culture of our homes.Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
May 22, 2019
In the third episode of this season, Karen Kern chats with Christina Davis, mother of seven (and a longtime military wife), about nurturing a culture of service and kindness in our communities and within our own families. Christina looks back at what made her desire to have a family who serves others with delight, how her husband encourages her boys to have a "can do" attitude about work and service, and how she gives even the youngest children opportunities to take on meaningful tasks. Christina also describes stories that inspired her boys to tackle challenging work.Remember: If you like this show please subscribe, rate, and review!
May 1, 2019
In episode two of this brand new season of The Mason Jar, Karen Kern is joined by Cyndi McAllister, a friend and a pastor's wife, about nurturing a culture of faith in our homes (both purposefully and unconsciously). They discuss how faith must be evident in ourselves through forgiveness and repentance. Special attention was paid to the wonderful book, For the Children's Sake, particularly passages that encourage us to avoid parenting fearfully.Future topics in this season will include: Service in the home, culinary arts and tradition, art and music, beauty and nature, literature and poetry, and recreation.
April 23, 2019
In episode one of this brand new season of The Mason Jar, Karen Kern is joined by her friends Heidi White and Emily Hill to discuss what we mean when we talk about "family culture": Does it arise subconsciously or must it be purposeful? What does it mean practically that our children are images of God to be nurtured? And how can we guard and protect our family culture? Future topics in this season will include: Faith lived out in the home, culinary arts and tradition, art and music, beauty and nature, literature and poetry, and recreation.
April 15, 2019
After our winter hibernation, The Mason Jar is finally back with a new format, and new voices. In this trailer episode Karen Kern explains what the next few months on the show will look like, and David previews the new format.
December 17, 2018
In this episode, Cindy and David chat about her favorite reads of the year, including the books that surprised and disappointed her, the mystery novels she discovered this year, gift ideas, and more! Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.
December 6, 2018
In this Advent-themed episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat with Karen Kern about their favorite traditions for Advent and Christmas. Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
November 21, 2018
In this episode, Cindy chats with Charlotte Mason blogger/photographer/Wild+Free-er, Jodi Mockabee. They chat about her journey to homeschooling and Charlotte Mason, how she applies Mason's ideas in her own home, adapting her homeschooling to a student with sensory issues, delaying certain subjects (strategically), and much, much more.To learn more about Jodi head over to jodimockabee.com.Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.
November 16, 2018
In this episode, Cindy chats with her old friend Lynn Bruce (of the Ambleside Advisory board) to kick off a series of conversations about advent: how they celebrate, their favorite traditions, things that have changed over the years, movies, books, recipes, and more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.Show Notes: Lynn recommends:Music:Comfort and Joy- A Christmas Celtic SojournA Christmas Celtic Sojourn— includes Lynn’s favorite Wexford Lullaby with Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill and the Voice Squad (also on youtube)Songs of Joy and Peace by YoYo Ma & Friends--includes Wexford Carol sung by Allison Krauss (with bagpipes!)Handel’s Messiah-- Christopher Hogwood & The Academy of Ancient Music (baroque soprano Emma Kirkby)Handel’s Messiah-- Andrew Davis & Toronto Symphony with Kathleen BattleHandel’s Messiah-- book of the complete libretto for singalongs, Schirmer Nine Lessons & Carols, Choir of King’s College at CambridgeBooks:Women of Advent by Sheila AtchleyCookbooks: Nigella Christmas, and Feast, by Nigella LawsonThe Christmas Mystery by Jostein GaarderCrafts:Orange Pomander Balls
November 6, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David a listener question about maintain cheerfulness and positivity during difficult times. Conversation touches on the necessity for honesty, the importance of seeing our children as human beings, keeping things balanced, the danger of being too goals-oriented, and more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler
November 1, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David answer some listener questions about reading with younger children, the amount of time spent on "fun" books, and strategies for finding time to cook in the busy homeschooling day. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschoole and The Peaceful Press.
October 26, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Jennifer Pepito of The Peaceful Press and Wild+Free about creating a healthy environment in the homeschool, the simplicity of rightly ordered learning, learning alongside our kids, and much more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler.
October 17, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with her friend and frequent Mason Jar guest, Dawn Duran, and Cara Williams, editor of the new Common Place Quarterly, a Charlotte Mason-themed journal. Cara is the creator of the Quarterly and so they chat about the goals of the publication, some of the topics it will cover, and much more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler.
October 9, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with her old friend Renee Mathis about the value of friendship for the homeschooling mom. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler.
October 3, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat about reading hard books, especially with late-readers. Conversation touches on topics like how to know which books to persevere with, which books to set aside, using audio books with late readers, and much more (including Cindy's comments on her time at the Wild + Free conference last weekend). ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler.
September 27, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat about building a habit of Bible-reading in the homeschool. Topics of conversation include the value of letting your kids see you reading the Bible, the necessity to have faith in the Bible's power, reading plans and translations, and much more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at Christendom College, a Catholic liberal arts college located in the Shenandoah Valley. Learn more about their programs here.
September 11, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat about the challenges of homeschooling during the high school years. Topics of conversation include the value of reading widely, how to empower kids to take ownership of their day, lessons she learned along the way, preparing young children for those upcoming years, the challenge of letting go, and more. Show notes: As promised, here is Cindy's plan for the tenth grade year***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at Christendom College,  a Catholic liberal arts college located in the Shenandoah Valley. Learn more about their programs here.
September 4, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with her old friend, Dawn Duran, about the value of Swedish Drill, a new Charlotte Mason magazine, the various things going on (and the ideas being discussed) in the world of Charlotte Mason, and much more.Show notes: During the show Dawn discussed Swedish Drill Revisited. You can learn more about that here. And here is the magazine she mentions***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.
August 28, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat about Cindy's plans for this school year. Topics include: composter study, artist study, spelling, history, poetry, using third-party curricula, and much more. Show notes: http://shakespeare.mit.eduTo Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie WillisThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K JeromeSpelling http://www.draardsmasdrills.comhttp://amblesideonline.org***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.
August 21, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat about including grammar-study in Morning Time. Topics include how Cindy learned to love grammar, why grammar is love-able, when to start with grammar with your kids, the nature of sentence diagramming, grammar resources to use, and much more. Resources mentioned in this episode:Michael Clay Thompson's practice booksThe Mother Tongue Books from Blue Sky DaisiesSentence Sense from Cottage PressKnow and Tell by Karen GlassDrawing Sentences by Eugen Moutoux***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.****This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.
August 16, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy and David chat about the frustrations and anxieties that can arise when self-assessment factors into our teaching. They chat about the universality of this struggle, the ways that plannings can actually cause problems in creating a positive educational atmosphere, the relationship between fear and franticness, and more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.****This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.
August 7, 2018
In this very special episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Mystie Winckler, Pam Barnhill, and Brandy Vencel, her friends from the Schole Sisters, for part one of a two-part conversation about self-education for moms. And once you've listened to this part of the conversation head over to the Schole Sisters podcast for part 2!In part one, discussion touches on Charlotte Mason's views on self-education and how that applies to moms. In part two, the ladies take it all a step further with discussion of why reading is important, where hobbies fit in, and MORE!While you're at it, make sure to check out their upcoming online retreat, Learning Well, featuring Cindy. It's set to take place on September 15th and you can learn more about it here. ***This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.
August 1, 2018
Join Cindy and David for a chat about the essential nature of poetry and why it's the most important part of any child's education other than Scripture. They discuss the best anthologies to keep in your home's library, how to use those anthologies, how poetry can change the lives of our students, and more.Anthologies mentioned: The Oxford Book of English Verse, edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-CouchThe Classic Hundred Poems, edited by William HarmonThe Harp and Laurel Wreath,edited by Laura Berquist***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.****This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.
June 16, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Maria Bell about recitation. Topics include why Charlotte Mason's views on recitation were distinctive even in her own day, Shakespeare and recitation, the Bible and recitation, principles of recitation, and much more. ***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.****This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.
May 15, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include how to balance the demands your put on your kids and their own independent work, the relationship between writing programs and narration, whether kids should be rewarded for reading, Charlotte Mason for dummies, and much more (including baseball and Mother's Day talk). Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!
April 30, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Dawn Garrett (also known online by the romantic moniker of Lady Dusk) about the ways she and her family have changed, grown, and evolved over the years - and why that kind of journey is good and healthy for any homeschooling family.***Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.
April 19, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include poems for little boys to memorize, favorite journals and art supplies, great baseball books, getting started with Shakespeare, moving from narration to writing more intentionally, homeschooling while pregnant, combining kids in Ambleside online, and how to determine which of the many amazing ideas out there are best for your situation and family.Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!Resources Mentioned: 101 Famous Poems by Roy J. CookBarrel PencilsPrismacolor WatercolorsPrima WatercolorsGreenleaf Press sketchbook/journalThe Science of Hitting by Ted WilliamsChildhood of Famous Americans seriesThe Brothers K by David James DuncanA Midsummer’s Night DreamThe TempestThe Taming of the ShrewThe Merchant of VeniceTales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary LambBeautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith NesbitThe Tempest by Marianna MayerShakespeare: The Animated TalesLTWKnow and Tell by Karen GlassAmbleside spine books: This Country of Ours, Island Story, English Literature for Boys and Girls
April 2, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with her friend Jeannette Tulis, a nature study expert, about doing nature study during the spring. Topics of conversation include what resources to use, flowers to look for, some personal stories, and much more. Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!---A note from Jeannette: As referenced in the episode, here is the link to The Charlotte Mason Series in Modern English, arranged by topic, the topic of Science and Nature Study. Kudos to Leslie Laurio of Ambleside Online for doing this!https://www.amblesideonline.org/CMM/topicalscience.html
March 20, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include whether there should be a distinction between being a mom and being a teacher, overcoming school-choice insecurity, and the renaissance of the Danish Hygge trend. Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!
February 20, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include:  Setting high expectations The day-to-day for large families and  more Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!
January 31, 2018
Join Cindy and David as they chat about Charlotte Mason's belief that "children are born persons," focusing, in particular, on the idea that children are not things to be "molded" or "shaped." How does literature and the way that great stories form the moral imagination play into this concept? What about discipline? Would Vigen Guroian's classic book, Tending the Heart of Virtue jive with Mason's ideas? And much more!  This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College, a Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh! Learn more at gcc.edu! 
January 16, 2018
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include:  Homeschooling through upheaval Good age to start nature notebooks Cindy's approach to the overwhelming mountain of classic books out there 2017 in reading and much more  Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts! This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College!
December 30, 2017
On this episode of the Mason Jar, Cindy Rollins is joined by Karen Glass, author of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, to discuss the topic of Narration and her forthcoming book, Know and Tell.   This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler!  NOTES: Learn more about Karen at her website Find a copy Consider This here. 
December 13, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include:  what to do with little kids when older kids are studying When to start morning time everyday Independent reading lists and much more  Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts! This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler! 
November 22, 2017
Join Cindy Rollins and special guest Pam Barnhill for this special cross-over episode between Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast and the Mason Jar. Drawing on their vast experience, Cindy and Pam chat about which subjects are best for Morning Time plus a whole lot more.  Make sure you search out for the Morning Basket on your favorite podcast app to get the rest of the story!
November 21, 2017
We know you've got errands to run and a ton of cooking to take care of this week, so this Thanksgiving week we'll be bringing you two episode of the Mason Jar! Up first: Cindy chats with Gayle Boss and friend of the show, Megan Hoyt, about Gayle's new Advent resource which combines Advent and Nature Study. It's called All Creation Waits, and is available now. 
November 1, 2017
In this bonus mini-pod, Cindy and David introduce Hallelujah: A Journey through Advent with Handel's Messiah.
October 31, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. Like Cindy, Mary Jo is a major book enthusiast, so they discussed all sorts of books to nourish a mom's soul, from classic fiction to modern non-fiction and everything in between.  You can learn more about Mary Jo at flourishathome.com.   
October 17, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include goal setting for moms, the purpose of memory work, Bible study in Morning Time, and more.   Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and to subscribe to the Mason Jar feed wherever you get your podcasts!
September 30, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar, Cindy chats with Lesli Richards of The Homegrown Preschooler, a company dedicated to providing books, curriculum and educational tools for young learners. Topics include new brain research on young kids, teaching math and reading, and much, much more.  Learn more at thehomegrownpreschooler.com.  As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here. 
September 19, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include:  Teaching current events in the homeschool Scheduling subjects Charlotte's motto changing over time and more   Don't forget to join the Mere Motherhood Facebook group!   
September 7, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Donna Jean Breckenridge and Leslie Lorio about Ambleside Groups, a brand new offering from Ambleside Online intended for co-ops, large families, and other homeschooling groups.   As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  ** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers.  It's also brought to you by  our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!
August 17, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar, we're bringing Cindy's Morning Time immersion talk that she presented at the 2017 CiRCE conference, held in July in Austin, Texas.  ** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers.  It's also brought to you by our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now!
August 2, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Elsie Iudicello of FarmhouseSchoolhouse.com about how young moms can navigate the world of Charlotte Mason. Topics include teaching students of all ages in the same home, giving your kids what you missed out on, keeping Charlotte Mason in context, keeping rhythm in your homeschool, habit training and preparation, and much more! As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  ** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers.  And by  our good friends at New College Franklin. Set up a campus visit now
July 17, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include:  Introducing morning time to pre-schoolers How to use written narration with a formal writing curriculum Advice on teaching boys to read Charlotte Mason and Classical Education *** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 
July 3, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Camille Malucci (of the Charlotte Mason Institute) about a handicraft called sloyd,  in which Charlotte Mason was a believer.  Topics include:  What sloyd is Where it came from Why Mason believed in it And how to do it in your homes *** As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 
June 5, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy and David chat about ways to use summer effectively.  Topics include:  Finishing school work during the summer Whether vacations should be educational Personal development during the summer break and much more! *** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 
May 19, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include:  Whether Charlotte Mason's volumes should be reading a particular order Whether morning time is necessary for a true Charlotte Mason (or classical) approach to education Whether morning time is too heavy on what is called "the riches" *** As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. ​​​​​​​
April 28, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Celeste Cruz of joyouslessons.blogspot.com about Charlotte Mason style exams and nature study.  Topics include:  Discovering Charlotte Mason and employing her ideas in a big family (5:00) Why Charlotte Mason style exams in the frist place (10:30) Practical application (19:00) Example exam questions (25:40) Getting started (29:30) Watching kids improve (35:00) Nature study outings (45:22) *** You can learn more about Celeste here, and you can find her on Instagram @celeste_cruz and @charlottemasonIRL
April 20, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.  Topics include: Lots of questions about Narration and dictation Getting started with Charlotte Mason and AO How to use summer time properly (hint: take some time off) *** This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 
April 1, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with Sheila Carroll of the Living Books Curriculum about nature study and her work bringing Charlotte Mason to Africa.  Topics include: her experiences in Africa, when to begin narration, adjusting expectations, dictation and narration, oral expression and young kids, the value of story-telling, and more. *** As always, press the arrow above to listen or subscribe to the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network via iTunes here or on Stitcher here.  You can learn more about Sheila and her  here.  Remember to use coupon code CINDY to save 25% on any order of $50 or more. 
March 15, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.  Topics include: Cindy's response to the Children's Lit Challenge Measuring Mason's ideals considering our own realities (9:20) Prioritizing on busy days (15:30) Geography in morning time (18:50) Distractable and unmotivated kids (25:15)
February 28, 2017
  In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.  Topics include: Math with young kids Homeschooling teenage boys (10:10) Narration vs. book report (18:10) A Charlotte Mason Sunday school (27:45)
February 20, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy chats with author Megan Hoyt about composer study and Charlotte Mason. Megan is the author of A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Music Appreciation with Charlotte Mason  and the moderator of the music section at AmblesideOnline.  Topics include: Math and music (6:00) The most surprising thing she learned about Mason's method for composer study (10:45) A book that encapsulates what Mason was trying to do (18:25) How composer study involves more than she originally thought (21:30) Teaching music appreciation when you are not a gifted musician (24:40) Where to start composer study (29:00) How a little bit goes a long way (38:30) What she's reading (43:30) Books mentioned in this episode:  A Touch of the Infinite, by Megan Hoyt The Term's Music, by Cedric Howard Glover When Children Love to Learn, by Elaine Cooper You can learn more about Megan and her work here. 
January 31, 2017
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy and David chat with a much-loved speaker and a dear friend of CiRCE: Mr. Andrew Pudewa, founder of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).  Topics include: His role in his home (4:00) Reading dads (16:00) Dad the discpliner (24:00) Ideas for busy dads to help teach (28:00) How wives should approach their uninvolved husbands (34:00) What he wishes he could do over (44:30) Learn more about Andrew and IEW at iew.com
December 30, 2016
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy with award-winning poet (and homeschooling mom) Sally Thomas about poetry.  Topics include: What to do when you don't love poetry yourself How to make poetry a regular part of your home Sally's experiences as a working poet   You can learn more about Sally and her work here. 
December 14, 2016
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.  Topics include: Grammar for the "grammar flunk" (6:00) Dealing with a distracting toddler (14:00) The difference between a narration and a book report (28:45) *** Remember to sign up for the Mere Motherhood Email Newsletter at meremotherhood.com.   
December 12, 2016
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions.  Topics include: Exams Charlotte Mason style (5:30) Narration when students forget details (25:20) The new (free) Mere Motherhood e-newsletter, curated by Cindy (33:00) *** This episode of the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network is brought to you by The Classic Learning Test, a liberal-arts-based alternative to the SAT and ACT. Learn more at CLTEXAM.COM. 
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