Mindful Charlotte Mason springs from my love of homeschooling through great books and nature, Charlotte Mason’s writings, and my study and practice of mindfulness, meditation, yoga and traditional systems of medicine. The goal is giving ideas and tools to incorporate mindfulness–often through nature study– into your child’s day so that we can experience the many benefits in a simple and stress-free way.
While I started with blogs solely about mindfulness, this site has since expanded to include a lot more nature-based education and environmental posts. My son and I are also learning Taekwondo as a way to explore the mindfulness that martial arts can bring. I was a blogger for Zero Waste Gainesville, a local Florida group dedicated to educating about and lobbying for ‘closing the loop’ and stopping unnecessary waste. One of my favorite bloggers to read, Colette O’Neill, says “you can’t throw it away–there is no away.”
I’ve been doing yoga and meditation since 2003. I became a Yoga Therapist, and then an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. (Credentials at the end). The common theme of traditional systems of medicine like Chinese medicine, is that Nature is the foundation of health, and to be healthy and in balance, we should embrace being part of Nature.
If you had asked me before my son was born if I would ever homeschool, I probably would have said no. Then, at age 3, my son was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We tried Montessori pre-K and realized the communication challenges caused too much anxiety for him, and why should a four-year-old have daily anxiety? So we became a homeschooling family.
I offer phone / online herbal consultations in Chinese, Western and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, for both adults and children.
I hope by sharing our adventures in mindful, nature-based homeschooling that it helps your homeschooling journey as well.
What’s Childhood Apraxia of Speech? So here’s the definition from ASHA.org: Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a neurological childhood speech sound disorder in which the precision and consistency of movements underlying speech are impaired in the absence of neuromuscular deficits (e.g. abnormal reflexes, abnormal tone). CAS may occur as a result of known neurological impairment, in association with complex neurobehavioral disorders of known and unknown origin, or as an idiopathic neurogenic speech sound disorder. The core impairment in planning and/or programming spatiotemporal parameters of movement sequences results in errors in speech sound production and prosody. (ASHA, 2007a, Definitions of CAS section, para. 1). What that means in real life is that we spend a lot of time in speech therapy, and for my son to learn to pronounce a sound or word, he will have to practice it hundreds if not thousands of times. In daily life, and this blog, you’ll see me refer to neurodiversity because I think there’s so much out there right now, not just CAS, that our kids are experiencing. Mindful Charlotte Mason can be an excellent resource for them.
What is my background and education? Before becoming an acupuncturist, I studied yoga therapy, and was certified RYT-200 then RYT-500, as well as a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). I continued studying complementary medicine and graduated with a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and sat for my national boards to become a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. I was licensed for five years in Florida as an Acupuncture Physician, and I am currently a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild. After a few years treating and teaching, I became Assistant Director and later Director of Herbal Studies at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. I’ve also completed the course offered by Shambhala for “Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness for Kids.”