The Mason Jar

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Featuring award-winning author and speaker, Cindy Rollins, this beloved podcast is all Charlotte Mason all the time. Join Cindy and host David Kern as they (and their guest) discuss topics like narration, nature study, morning time, and more. The Mason Jar is a production of the CiRCE Institute. Learn more at circeinstitute.com.

Episode Date
On Self-Assessment and Anxiety
37:44

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.


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Aug 16, 2018
Moms: Learn and Grow! (Part I): A Collaboration with the Schole Sisters
54:30

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.


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Aug 07, 2018
Why Poetry is the Most Important Thing You Can Teach Other Than Scripture
36:02

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-Couch
  • The Classic Hundred Poems, edited by William Harmon
  • The Harp and Laurel Wreath,edited by Laura Berquist



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Aug 01, 2018
On Recitation, with Maria Bell
53:46

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.


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If you like this show - and would like to gain access to some great bonus content - please consider supporting it on Patreon.


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This episode is brought to you by our friends at IEW, where they offer a 100% lifetime guarantee.

Jun 16, 2018
Q&A Episode: May 2018
49:58

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).


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May 15, 2018
Dawn Garrett (On Growing and Changing as a Homeschooling Family)
43:53

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.


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Apr 30, 2018
Q&A Episode: April 2018 (The Rapid Fire Edition)
52:52

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.


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Resources Mentioned: 

  • 101 Famous Poems by Roy J. Cook
  • Barrel Pencils
  • Prismacolor Watercolors
  • Prima Watercolors
  • Greenleaf Press sketchbook/journal
  • The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams
  • Childhood of Famous Americans series
  • The Brothers K by David James Duncan
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream
  • The Tempest
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit
  • The Tempest by Marianna Mayer
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • LTW
  • Know and Tell by Karen Glass
  • Ambleside spine books: This Country of Ours, Island Story, English Literature for Boys and Girls


Apr 19, 2018
Jeannette Tulis on Springtime Nature Study
52:59

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.


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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

Apr 02, 2018
Q&A Episode: March 2018
37:27

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.


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Mar 20, 2018
Q&A: February 2018
36:34

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

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Feb 20, 2018
What does it mean that "children are born" persons?
39:18

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! 

Jan 31, 2018
The Mason Jar Q&A: January 2018
1:02:00

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

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This episode is brought to you by our friends at Grove City College!

Jan 16, 2018
Karen Glass on Narration
44:14

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! 

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Dec 30, 2017
The Mason Jar #51: Q&A for December 2017
49:11

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

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This episode is brought to you by our friends at The Homegrown Preschooler! 

Dec 13, 2017
#50: Pam Barnhill Cross-over Episode!
50:00

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!

Nov 22, 2017
#49: Gayle Boss and Megan Hoyt on Advent Nature Study
41:46

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. 

Nov 21, 2017
Bonus Mason Jar: Introduce the Advent Guide
20:14
In this bonus mini-pod, Cindy and David introduce Hallelujah: A Journey through Advent with Handel's Messiah. 
Nov 01, 2017
#48: Mary Jo Tate on books to nourish a mom's soul
1:07:52

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. 

 

Oct 31, 2017
#47: Q&A for October 2017
47:58

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.  

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Oct 17, 2017
#46: Lesli Richards of The Homegrown Preschooler
1:04:34

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. 

Sep 30, 2017
#45: Q&A for September 2017
45:27

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

 

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Sep 19, 2017
#44: AmblesideOnline for Groups
49:30

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.  

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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!

Sep 07, 2017
#43: A Morning Time Immersion
1:11:39

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. 

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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!

Aug 17, 2017
#42: Elsie Iudicello on Charlotte Mason and the Young Mom
57:19

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!

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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

Aug 02, 2017
#41: Q&A for July 2017
38:56

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

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

Jul 17, 2017
#40: On Sloyd, with Camille Malucci
48:22

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

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

Jul 03, 2017
#39: Making the Most of Summertime
35:25

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!

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This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planners and calendars designed specifically for homeschoolers. 

Jun 05, 2017
#38: Q&A for May 2017
30:49

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"

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This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. ​​​​​​​

May 19, 2017
#37: Celeste Cruz on Charlotte Mason Exams
56:16

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)

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You can learn more about Celeste here, and you can find her on Instagram @celeste_cruz and @charlottemasonIRL

Apr 28, 2017
#36: Q&A:for April 2017
43:14

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)

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This episode is brought to by our friends at Roman Roads Media, purveyors of the Old Western Culture series, featuring Wes Callihan. 

Apr 20, 2017
#35: Sheila Carroll on Narration
1:00:25

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.

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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. 

Apr 01, 2017
#34: Q&A for March 2017
43:24

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)
Mar 15, 2017
#33: Q&A for February 2017
35:27

 

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)
Feb 28, 2017
#32: Megan Hoyt on Composer Study
46:13

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: 

You can learn more about Megan and her work here. 

Feb 20, 2017
#31: Andrew Pudewa on the Role of Dads in the Homeschool
51:46

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

Jan 31, 2017
#30: On Poetry, with Sally Thomas
51:45

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. 

Dec 30, 2016
#29: Q&A for December 2016
36:50

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)

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Dec 14, 2016
#28: Q&A for November 2017
35:05

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)

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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. 

Dec 12, 2016