AfterCast EP 29: The Mother’s Compass (with Brittney McGann)

AfterCast Episode 29: Charlotte Mason's Mother's Compass

Today, I’m interrupting our Charlotte Mason series to bring you this season’s special conversation. Brittany McGann is back with me today; I hope you recognize her from last season. Brittney has been studying Charlotte Mason for over seven years. Mason’s philosophy embodies all the things Brittany loved about her own upbringing and everything she would have wished for in her education, had she known it was possible. Brittney hosted the Grace to Build Retreat in Black Mountain, North Carolina for three years and has presented workshops at multiple Charlotte Mason conferences. These days she is teaching her three children, leading two Charlotte Mason groups and working with her husband to restore native plants to their 3.5 acres.

You can find Brittany’s articles at Charlotte Mason Poetry, Charlotte Mason Living and the Charlotte Mason Institute blogs. She has been a guest on A Delectable Education podcast and also written the introduction for Paper Modelling by M. Swannell, one of the sloyd books used in the PNEU programmes. You can find that book through Amazon or Living Library Press.

Today, Brittany and I discuss the “Mother’s Compass”. We talk about Charlotte Mason and working within limitations — for both ourselves and our children. It’s a great discussion you won’t want to miss!


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Thoughtworthy (Announcements, Upcoming Giveaway, TinTin and MORE!)

Thoughtworthy

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No new posts around here this week because I had my head down while working on TMP: Too Many Projects. (Plus I had to survive the week!) Lots in the works — stay tuned for:

  • First is the NEW winter Mother Culture Habit Tracker. My free tracker has been redesigned and is totally adorable, if I do say so myself. Not that I can take credit for it. Maritza did the redesign and I can’t wait for you to see what she came up with!
  • Second is the Afterthoughts 2019 Event Calendar. Like the Habit Tracker above, this will also be a free download. This is for those of you who are trying to decide whether you can take Charlotte Mason Boot Camp and such. It’ll have all the major events (including speaking engagements) on my 2019 calendar so you can make plans and know when to be ready for registration.
  • Third are my new Deep Dives! I have had many requests for a sort of “Level 2” for Charlotte Mason Boot Camp alums — if you have taken CMBC, this is for you (and only for you). I’m planning two sessions for 2019. Deep Dives are 2-week intensives run in a way similar to camp, focused on one or two ideas from Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. I am stoked about this and I think you alumni are going to have a lot of fun. For those of you who haven’t done Camp yet, it’s something to look forward to. 🙂 Maybe you should make sure you are on the interest list.

 

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Registration is open for Charlotte Mason West, which takes place February 21-23, 2019. I have been to this conference a couple times and I can’t speak highly enough of it — it’s just wonderful! If you’re on the West Coast, go. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Another thing coming up is a giveaway of Multiplication Facts That Stick. We’ve been doing this during Circle Time this term and we’re almost finished. It’s been soooo great. It’s nice to do math in a group again, and in an enjoyable way at that! The giveaway will be on Instagram in a couple weeks so make sure you’re following me there.

 

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My children recently informed me that there are SEVEN volumes of Tintin. In case I was wondering. I think this is a Christmas hint? They are not so subtle as they believe.

Last year, I gave one of them the first volume to see what would happen. It felt like a failure when everyone acted like it was no big deal — the recipient among the rest. Inexplicably, they rediscovered it this week and so first the original recipient read it and then lent it to another and then another and suddenly Tintin is a big fad at our house.

I never thought I’d be one to buy comics, but I’ve grown to like the little guy…

     

 

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This month in 2017:

Yes, I still plan to add more to this series. It’s one that takes a lot of thought for me, so I don’t add to it very often…

 

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This week’s links collection:

  • Why the French don’t show excitement from BBC
    • I know a handful of you around here are French, so you will have to tell me how accurate this is.
    • I laughed at this part: “‘If you’re too happy in French, we’re kind of wondering what’s wrong with you,’ he said.” Laughing was probably very American of me.
  • Of the 27 Deadliest Mass Shooters, 26 of Them Had One Thing in Common from Patheos
    • They also all probably had internet access, watched television, went to public school. More importantly, they were probably all on drugs, usually of the prescription kind. I’m not saying fatherlessness isn’t a thing — I would never say that because I think fatherlessness is huge — I just don’t know how we determine ultimately how much influence any one particular commonality has.
  • 100 Blocks a Day from Wait But Why
    • “What if you had to label each one with a purpose?” I think this is a helpful way to think through your day. Not that mothers choose the purpose of a lot of their blocks, but still.
  • FBI raids home and offices of L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar from The LA Times
    • Does anyone actually know what is going on with this guy? It’s strange. Reports say he hasn’t been at meetings, and The Eastsider says he was stripped of his committee assignments following the raid. I suppose people know more than they’re saying, but I wonder about stripping people of positions on the basis of accusations rather than evidence.

 

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And last but not least, the latest from Scholé Sisters!

 

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SS #42: Carpe Librum (Seize the Booklist)

If you were bummed that you were unable to attend the Scholé Sisters session at GHC in Cincinatti, and then extra disappointed we were unable to offer you a recording … this is for YOU! Brandy, Mystie, and Pam have redone the whole thing, and you can even get a download of the document handout with all the important details!

 

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Thank you to our sponsor:

This episode is sponsored by two new podcasts from The Close Reads Podcast Network and the CiRCE Institute:

First, there’s The Daily Poem, a brief podcast delivered each weekday morning featuring the best poems ever written. Consider it an audio anthology perfect for Morning Time, the morning commute, or while your toaster is doing its thing.

Second is The Play’s the Thing: All Shakespeare all the time. Join the Close Reads crew and the CiRCE Institute team as they work their way through Shakespeare’s entire canon one act a time. Up first King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V.  Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 

 

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  • Topical Discussion: Carpe Librum — Our Official Booklist!
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SS #41: Living Books Are Books for Life

In today’s episode, Brandy, Mystie, and Pam kick off Season 7 of Scholé Sisters with a discussion about living books. What are they, what is their significance, and how can you identify them? This is a totally fun discussion about reading — and how picky should we be anyway? — that you don’t want to miss!

 

 

Thank you to our sponsor:

This episode is sponsored by two new podcasts from The Close Reads Podcast Network and the CiRCE Institute:

First, there’s The Daily Poem, a brief podcast delivered each weekday morning featuring the best poems ever written. Consider it an audio anthology perfect for Morning Time, the morning commute, or while your toaster is doing its thing.

Second is The Play’s the Thing:  All Shakespeare all the time. Join the Close Reads crew and the CiRCE Institute team as they work their way through Shakespeare’s entire canon one act a time. Up first King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V.  Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 

 

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AfterCast EP 20: Christian Conflict with the Inklings (with Brittney McGann)

Today’s episode is a crossover episode with the Charlotte Mason Poetry Podcast, and I’m chatting with CMP’s very own Brittney McGann! Brittney and I read the book Bandersnatch together – it was an excellent read (I highly recommend it) and a great place to start for a conversation about conflict in community.

Join us today as we learn lessons from how the Inklings succeeded … and also failed … and learn from them about building a healthy community.

 

 

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SS #39: Plan an Amazing Local Retreat (with Brittany Lindvall)

Welcome to our special 2-episode summer season of Scholé Sisters!! (Try saying that three times fast!) Today, we’re chatting with Brittany Lindvall, leader of one of our Scholé Sisters Local Retreats last year. She’ll tell you what worked, what didn’t, and why she’s doing it again this year. We hope this gets your creative juices flowing as you start to plan your own retreat for your own local Sisters.

 

 

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