Karen's Books

Karen's Books

  • A Charlotte Mason Companion

    Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning

    by Karen AndreolaAdd to Amazon Cart
    You can realize the home school of your dreams. Here are the tools to create an extraordinary learning experience. Karen’s book is brimming with practical “how to’s” and the inspiration to see them through. Topics include: selecting good books, heroes in history, poetry, art and music appreciation, nature study, the atmosphere of home, the formation of habit, and keeping up enthusiasm. Companion is one of the most trusted and referred to books in the home school world. Discover the secret of a happy homeschool - without breaking your piggy bank. Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. ---Dean Read More...
  • Story Starters

    Helping Children Write Like They've Never Written Before

    by Karen AndreolaAdd to Amazon Cart
    Expand your child’s literary powers with the practice of creative narration. Here is your child’s opportunity to rescue those in danger, comfort the sick, cheer the lonely, laugh with the ridiculous, tame the wild, and do battle for good. A story starter suspends a student in the middle of a predicament. He is then faced with the question, “What happen next?” This is his cue to expand and embellish the story however he wishes. He learns to write freely, with imagination and zest – like he has never written before. The action-packed stories are especially appealing to boys. To spark even more curiosity, each story is illustrated with engaging 19th century pictures.---Dean Read More...
  • Pocketful of Pinecones

    Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning

    by Karen AndreolaAdd to Amazon Cart
    Pocketufl of Pinecones is a kind of teacher’s guide in the form of a soothing and uplifting story. Interested in Charlotte Mason’s ideas, Carol (a 1930s homemaker) takes nature walks with her children. She guides them in creating Nature Notebooks. Throughout the four seasons she and her children observe more than 200 living things together. You will find Carol to be busy but not rushed. She loves her husband, home teaches, cooks healthy meals, and understands “make-do and mend” frugality. ---Karen Read More...
  • Lessons at Blackberry Inn

    Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning

    by Karen Andreola Add To Amazon Cart
    “Does Carol have her baby?” Readers of Pocketful of Pinecones want to know. This sequel follows Carol as she adjusts to living at Blackberry Inn. She tries some new subjects with her children: Picture Study and Music Appreciation. Drop by the Inn on days of canning, baking, knitting, sewing and hospitality to revive your enthusiasm for homemaking. All the while you will read how Carol teaches her children with “the gentle art of learning.” ---Karen Read More
  • Simply Grammar

    An Illustrated Primer

    by Karen Andreola Add To Amazon Cart
    Some teaching methods are timeless. In this revised and expanded edition of First Grammar Lessons by Charlotte Mason, you will discover one of them – the simple method of narration that focuses on conversation as a natural means of teaching grammar to your fourth to eight graders. A large and curious illustration accompanies each lesson. ---Karen Read More...

10 comments:

  1. I so enjoy all of your books. This is the time of year when I take Pocketful of Pinecones off the shelf and reread it. Something about autumn and your books just go together. When I feel myself getting stressed, rereading provides reassurance that I am on the best path for my children.

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  2. Will you ever write the next book that comes after blackberry inn? I would love to know what happens next!

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    1. I am pleased to hear that you like my books and stories, ladies. Thank you very much for telling me.
      A sequel with Carol's family dances in my head but I haven't yet begun threshing out the many details that a story deserves. If it is written it will be published as an e-book. -Karen A.

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    2. I hope there will be a sequel to Blackberry Inn as well. I just finished rereading it again as I have been suffering with the effects of a concussion. Being reminded of Charlotte Mason's principles and those of Godly home schooling mother were just what I needed. I logged on this site to see if anything was in the works!

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    3. I wish you a thorough healing as you get well. Thank you for your vote of confidence. I still have no sequel in the works. But I am happy to hear that you returned to Blackberry Inn for a second read.

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    4. I, too, crave a third book! If you are not writing anything soon, do you have suggestions on this type of book I can read in the meantime? I have read and re-read your books and just adore them. They feed my soul and heart and mind immensely - and in practical and lovely ways. Thank you for writing the books and sharing your world with us!

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    5. I've read nearly all of the Faireacre series by Miss Read. If you like soothing stories that follow the seasons of the year and are set in a village of quirky (but pleasant) characters you will like Faireacre. How kind of you to tell me that you enjoy my books. It is a joy to know they feed your soul. That was my prayer and my intent.

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  3. Karen, I am so encouraged and blessed by your writing. I am going through The Charlotte Mason Companion for a second time and cannot get enough wisdom from this little book of yours. Your writing is so inspiring, please don't stop using your gift to encourage us younger homeschool moms out there.
    Heather (Canada)

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    1. I've taken your encouragement to heart, Heather. Thank you for sending it my way. After 8 years of writing I am finishing up a book of essays this summer titled "Mother Culture -for a Happy Homeschool." It will be published in 2018. Although it is non-fiction, within its messages are anecdotes that illustrate my main ideas.

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  4. Karen, I can't agree more with all the comments above! Your writing is soothing and inspirational. I am looking forward to Mother Culture - for a Happy Homeschool. I am sure it will provide me with more wisdom and inspiration that I long for. Though I have been homeschooling for 4 yrs I have only in this last year learned of your books and started reading them. I struggle with the balance of this modern world and mother culture. I long for a simpler life like Carol's. I am almost finished with Lesson's at Blackberry Culture that I have been reading slowly as to savor it. I know that may sound corny, but it has been so soothing and inspiring that I don't want it to end! I have taken yoru advice and downloaded on my Kindle "Fairacre" which is available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!. God Bless! Ellen

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