Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International

The homeschool division of Ambleside Schools International. See for more information. The Ambleside Homeschool Mentor Program is an opportunity for home educators who are desiring a Charlotte Mason, philosophy-based education for their children, to become part of an educational support group which provides curriculum, teaching resources, training, guidance, and encouragement for the homeschool family.

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Timeline photos 02/12/2022

Why the Nicene Creed?

... Ours is an age of great confusion, as Bishop Spong’s statement indicates. If a Christian community is to be clear about who this God is that we are committed to following, a clear creed is essential. The Jesus we follow is not merely a good man who taught that we should love one another. Nor is He one of the prophets, the final prophet being Mohammed. Nor is He one of the many incarnations of the Hindu god, Krishna. All of these views have their adherents... Read more on our blog:

(Image "Old Testament Trinity" icon by Andrey Rublev, 1400)

Charlotte Mason: Education pioneer was 'guiding light' 01/02/2022

Charlotte Mason: Education pioneer was 'guiding light'

Charlotte Mason: Education pioneer was 'guiding light' New Year's Day is the 180th anniversary of the birth of a woman who aimed to reform teaching methods.

Timeline photos 01/01/2022

Today marks the birthday of Charlotte Mason.

We are deeply grateful for this British educator, author and woman of faith. Ambleside Schools International trains and educates in the principles that Charlotte Mason described in her six-volume series on education. Ambleside teachers and principals consistently engage with these works; hence, their relationships with students and the text exemplify her philosophy and pedagogy in the Ambleside classroom daily.

Read more about Charlotte Mason, her legacy and her educational philosophy on our website at

Timeline photos 12/31/2021

"Gazing out the window, the matchbox world below seemed small in comparison to its Creator. Small but relevant, for here I am, called to live in His presence and by His sustaining power. I began anew. Almighty God, Benefactor, Comforter, Defender, Eternal, Faithful, God...

In the light of our God, our Father, Savior and King, and the Spirit given to us; may we all begin anew this January first."

Read more of the blog "Meditation in the Air--Beginning Anew" by Maryellen St. Cyr:

God grant through coming years and days
Our beating hearts may be
The harps that celebrate His praise
Who loves eternally!

No ache can be without relief
When Love Himself draws near;
No cup can empty stand, no grief
Embitter God's New Year.

Time's footsteps quickly die away,
Soon emptied is his glass;
We wait for an oncoming Day
Which nevermore shall pass.

Old hopes revive, new hopes are born,
The coming months to cheer;
And phantom-fears and griefs outworn
Die with the dying year.

Oh, all the years and all the days
Our waiting hearts shall be
Harps tremulous with His dear praise
Whose is Eternity!

"New Year's Eve" by Alfred Gurney

Timeline photos 12/22/2021

"Our hearts are a work in progress, always being formed by the way we individually and corporately give attention. Christmas gifts are good and lovely things, worthy of our attention. If we share joyful appreciation for gifts given, our hearts grow in joy . . ."
To read more of "Our Christmas Stories,' follow the link to our blog:

With gratitude from the Ambleside community, we pray for your family, that this Christmas you will be blessed again by the most wonderful Christmas story!

Timeline photos 12/19/2021

Preparing for the “coming” of Christ our Savior, Ambleside staff, students and their families have spent the month of December reflecting upon Christmas revelations. With Mary, we have been awestruck by Gabriel’s announcement. With Joseph, we have wrestled with uncertainty, ultimately coming to trust and obey. With Elizabeth, we have been filled with the Holy Spirit and rejoiced. With the shepherds, we have seen the shining star, heard the angel chorus, and knelt before a baby, who is the Savior of the world.

The poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, expresses it well.

"Christmas Prayer"
Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem star may lead me
To the sight of Him who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and always,
Now begin, on Christmas day.

Christmas blessings to you and your families as we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us!

(Image "The Adoration of the Shepherds" by Guido Reni)

Timeline photos 11/25/2021

With blessings this Thanksgiving Day! May we live in gratitude every day.

"The Gladness of a Grateful Heart.––No other Lord of the Heart should do more to guide us into joyous and happy living than Gratitude. How good and glad it is to be grateful! The joy is not merely that we have received a favour or a little kindness which speaks of goodwill and love, but that a beautiful thing has come out of some other person's beautiful heart for us; and joy in that other's beauty of character gives more delight than any gain or pleasure which can come to us from favours." ~Charlotte Mason, "Ourselves"

Image of "King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber

Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International updated their address. 11/23/2021

Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International updated their address.

Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International updated their address.

Timeline photos 11/08/2021

"I say that I want patriotism in the larger sense of the term taught in the schools." ~Charlotte Mason, "A Philosophy of Education"

This week, across the United States from 'sea to shining sea,' our Ambleside School communities are taking a pause to reflect and honor our country's veterans as we do each year. There are moving stories told, memories of adventure and narrow escapes, of valiant rescues, and tears of great loss for comrades and friends. We sing, we listen, we recite, we 'post the colors,’ we admire. We are greatly blessed.

Pictured is a soldier-father at Calvary Schools of Holland who returned home from deployment and surprised his children at school!

We invite you to join us! Visit our Member School website, find a school near you and contact them for details:

Rejuvenated Rosie’s Schoolhouse in midst of first semester back in the classroom 11/08/2021

Rejuvenated Rosie’s Schoolhouse in midst of first semester back in the classroom

We rejoice with Ambleside School Rocky Mountains as they make their new school building a home and 'good fit.' May you continue to bring beauty and the love of Christ to the community! What a great blessing to all! ...To donate to Ambleside School Rocky Mountains, visit

"The building affectionately known as Rosie’s Schoolhouse was dark, dirty and unoccupied. It had become a sore spot for the New Castle community, deemed unusable. Disrepair and neglect had let the historic eastern bookend to the town’s Main Street fall out of good graces.

Now it’s back on its path as a proud piece of New Castle history."

In "Formation of Character," regarding the atmosphere most conducive to learning, Charlotte Mason wrote: "So far as possible, let their surroundings be brought together on a principle of natural selection, not at haphazard, and not in obedience to fashion. Bear in mind, and let them often hear discussed and see applied, the three or four general principles which fit all occasions of building, decorating, furnishing, dressing: the thing must be fit for its purpose, must harmonise with both the persons and the things about it; and, these points considered, must be as lovely as may be in form, texture, and colour; one point more--it is better to have too little than too much."

Rejuvenated Rosie’s Schoolhouse in midst of first semester back in the classroom The building affectionately known as Rosie’s Schoolhouse was dark, dirty and unoccupied. It had become a sore spot for the New Castle community, deemed unusable. Disrepair and neglect had let the historic eastern bookend to…

Timeline photos 11/06/2021

"How often a deep, unperceived fear drives us. Running below awareness and faster than consciousness, the heart says, “I will not feel something like that again.” “I will not have the rejection, the aloneness, the disappointment, the sadness, the sense of futility, the feeling of powerlessness..."

We are grateful that our founder Bill St. Cyr continues to recover well. Read his thoughtful reflections on his recent experience with COVID in "When Striving Ceases:"
(Image "Jesus and Peter on the Water" by Gustave Brion)

Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International updated their website address. 10/06/2021

Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International updated their website address.

Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International updated their website address.

Timeline Photos 10/05/2021

It is with gratitude that we announce our newest member school, the Charlotte Mason Community School in Detroit, Michigan! Welcome!

A 6th grade teacher is experiencing for herself this "twice blessed" education. She shares:

"The curriculum, philosophy, and method of Ambleside Schools International (A Charlotte Mason Education) at Charlotte Mason Community School of Detroit is even more beautiful than this classroom space I and a precious lot of 6th graders call ours. Today we studied DaVinci’s "Annunciation," discussed Whitman’s "A Noiseless Patient Spider," and continued to draw Canada in our geography notebooks, along with much other meaningful work, while Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ played in the background. If this is a glimpse of Heaven, I could get used to this."

Timeline Photos 10/04/2021

"To be benevolent is to have goodwill towards all men. The wise emperor, Marcus Aurelius, described the lowest form of Benevolence when he said, "Men are born to be serviceable to one another; therefore either reform the world, or bear with it!" The very least we can do for the world is to bear with it; the world, in this case, being the people in it who are, for any reason, disagreeable to us...Perhaps there is nobody whom we should not be able to love if we really knew him." ~Charlotte Mason, "Ourselves"

Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Image "Saint Francis Preaching to the Animals" by Jan Siberechts

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