Spring 2022 I read an article from the Parent’s Review on Ambleside Online. The Parent’s Review was a magazine put together to help educators and parents (especially parents teaching their children at home) in the last few years of the 1800s and early 1900s. A lady named Charlotte Mason had started a school to train teachers. She herself had taught for many years and observed how children learn in a very natural way. Her educational philosophy has a lot of key points about nature study, habit training, etc. She wanted to teach children in such a way where they want to keep learning on their own (lifetime learners) and care about what they’re learning about.
The article that I was reading that particular day said: “We can only hope that someday an illustrated children’s newspaper may be founded, issued weekly if the demand did not justify a daily issue,” (The Teaching of Contemporary History, Vol 12, 1901, Pages 272-277). This idea struck my mind and since then (around Jan/Feb 2022) I thought about putting together an illustrated children’s newspaper. I looked online to see if there was something similar already out there. Although I found a few magazines that said they had “current news” for children, many of them looked more like regular children’s magazines instead of current news. They had articles introducing different animals or places to children, but not much of what’s actually going on in the world. I think it’s because often the news can be very depressing and confusing for children. I wanted to put something together that gives a few news articles in wording that children can understand with pictures and some “bonus” things like a crossword puzzle, “On the lookout” (finding pictures inside the bigger picture), and comics.
My name is Rachel and I’m a homeschool mom of 3 energetic kids. Currently (as of October 2023), they are almost 6, 8, and 10 years old. We’ve been homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education from the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed it. When I was pregnant with our third I had to be on bed rest and thought I would start looking at homeschooling methods. I never dreamed that there would be so many! I asked another family that I knew before about which method they used and they said Charlotte Mason. I remember seeing how they homeschooled and thought it was really good. I decided to use Charlotte Mason homeschool for our family and am thankful that I was able to read and learn about this particular philosophy of education before our oldest was school age.
Our family is a cross-cultural family- with both American and Chinese cultures and languages. In my spare time I enjoy knitting, crocheting, painting (actually anything art related!), cooking and baking, and writing children’s books. You can check out the Resources Page on this website for some of my books in a PDF form (most of them are also available on Amazon) or my personal blog (here) where I post about our homeschooling adventures. I've also written a number of books about Chinese history and culture for children (biographies for children, the Storybook of China- a history of China for children, and some geography books).