How to Fit in Common Subjects

Today I am sharing a post about how to fit in common subjects in your homeschool. A Charlotte Mason education is so intensely rich! But there are so many subjects to cover, and only a designated amount of lesson time each day and week. Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to include these rich subjects in your Charlotte Mason Homeschool.

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What Are Common Subjects?

Common subjects are subjects that the whole family studies together!

  • Composer Study
  • Artist Study
  • Brushdrawing
  • Art Instruction
  • Family Read-alouds
  • Solfege
  • Swedish Drill
  • Folkdancing

Tips for Fitting in Common Subjects

01. Assign a specific day to each common subject category

Sometimes it helps to simplify the schedule and do one family subject a day. Additionally, you could make Tuesdays “picture study” days in the afternoon. Or Poetry days on Wednesday afternoons. I explain this in more detail in the video above.

02. Lunchtime Composer Study

I love listening to our term composer’s music during lunch time! I keep it on during our brushdrawing lesson time as well.

03. Make car playlists for French/Spanish songs, and Hymns + Folksongs

Keeping a playlist of these songs in the car has helped us memorize them much faster! It also helps me feel like we are still covering some school subjects even if we are just out running errands.

04. Do a bedtime family read-aloud.

Bedtime family read-alouds have been a massive help in getting our consistent leisure reading in for our term novels! It’s a cozy and lovely way to end the day.

05. Host a weekly afternoon Poetry Tea Time

An afternoon poetry tea time is a perfect way to fit in extra artist study/composer study notebooking, poetry reading, or a family read aloud! We have a Poetry Tea Time just once a week!

06. Only focus on one mode of art instruction at a time.

I talk more about this in the video above, but it helps to only focus on one mode of art instruction at at time when you’re first starting out. Same goes for handicrafts. Take it slow, and really immerse your family in one thing rather than a tiny bit of time spent on many things.

Closing Thoughts

Hopefully this post and video and blog post on how to start a Charlotte Mason Nature Study Club in your area was helpful to you and your family! Remember to check out my video on How to Start a Charlotte Mason Co-op as well. As always, if you have any questions, please ask below and I’ll do my best to answer. Happy Teaching!

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