TBG Co-op

Welcome, friends!  This page is for those interested in our long-standing (19 semesters!), beauty-filled offering of a homeschool community built on one particular philosophy of education - that of Charlotte Mason.

Truth, Beauty, Goodness Community
Teacher training sessions
(Spring Awakening session -  2014
(Autumn Awakening session - 12/5/14)
(Spring Awakening session - 5/29/15)
(Autumn Awakening session - 12/4/15)
(Peoria Awakening session - 11/10/16)

Our hearts glow with delight at the blue of a gentian, the glory of a star, the grace of some goodness that we get news of: we lift up our hearts unto the Lord, though without a word; and the throb is one of sympathy, for we know that His delight, also, is in beauty and goodness.
-Charlotte Mason


Here are links to the posts that describe the organization of our Truth, Beauty, Goodness Co-op.

Beginning Considerations:  Truth, Beauty, Goodness Community
-what we ask each member before they join the group (Beginning Considerations)

The Schedule:  Truth, Beauty, Goodness Community (2013/2014 Schedule) (2014/2015)
-how the semester is set up and how the meetings are run

Gazing on Many Truths
- a description of Family Night, the culmination of our semester

Scope and Sequence (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)  (Part 4)
-what we have covered in the past

Homework in the Community
-how we do our work between meetings

Planning Meetings
-what we do before each semester 

-Self-Assessment Questions for Teachers 

Crits: We Must All Be Mary Robinsons
-tips on teaching from Charlotte  

Q & A on the Work, Joy, and Feast 
-why we aren't a fine arts co-op 

Current Studies

Shakespeare - Love's Labour's Lost
Geography -France
Picture Study - Georgia O'Keefe
Current Events
Plutarch - Philopoemen
Nature Study 
Poetry - Ted Kooser 
Great Speeches
Composer - George Gershwin

picture study with Vermeer

Family Night production of King Lear

Handcraft time

Family Night production of Julius Caesar



-Community, not Co-op
-Sidewalk Chalk Art
-Four Freedoms and Bing  
-A New Way to Listen: Commonplacing for the Little People
-Guests and Living
-A Valentine From Christina
-Education for All, and to All a Goodnight
-Handicrafts in TBG


-Narrating Our Way Through Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar)
-Mistaken Identities and Mistaken Assessments (The Comedy of Errors)
-The Bard's Birthday (The Winter's Tale)
-The Green-eyed Monster (The Winter's Tale)
-The Point Hath Gone Missing (The Winter's Tale)
-Grace to Boot (The Winter's Tale)
-Shakespeare Resources (Romeo and Juliet)
-The Rarer Action - Resources for The Tempest  (The Tempest)
-The Triumph of Grace - Resources for Macbeth (Macbeth)
-Sermons in Stones - Resources for As You Like It (And a Warning)
-Grapple Them to Thy Soul:  Resources for Hamlet
-How Far the Little Candle Throws His Beams: Resources for The Merchant of Venice 
-A Horse! A Horse! My kingdom for a horse! - Resources for Richard III 


This is the list of artists we have studied in our TBG community. The "*" indicates that these files are from the AO Art Prints yahoo group.  The rest Heidi has put together in a pdf document.  Heidi is our artist study aficionado in TBG.  Contact Heidi if you are interested in any of those files at
  • John James Audubon
  • Albrecht Durer*
  • Claude Monet*
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Fredric Remington
  • Michelangelo Buonarotti
  • Raphael Sanzio
  • John Singer Sargent*
  • Caspar David Friedrich (I don't have a file for his works; AO has him in their rotation again for 2021-2022)
  • Vincent Van Gogh (I don't have a file for his works; AO has him in their rotation again for 2022-2023)
  • Johannes Vermeer
  • Wanda Gag (born and raised in New Ulm, MN)
  • Diego Velazquez
  • Jean Francois Millet

The teachers at TBG welcome you to come and join one of our meetings!  Please contact me at kellynk@msn.com to schedule a visit.  A day of observing our community might be just the thing to help you understand how you might start a CM community in your area. 

Another option to learn more about our community would be to attend one of our Awakening sessions.  To ask for more information, contact Heidi at lerawakening@gmail.com. 

Also, I provide private consultations for individuals or groups interested in starting their own communities. Inquire at sageparnassus@gmail.com for more information.

Nancy, Bobby Jo, Karla, Kristin, Heidi, and Sally - the TBG teachers!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8