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Modern Miss Mason

Modern Miss Mason

By A Charlotte Mason Podcast
A Charlotte Mason podcast helping you find freedom in her philosophy. Conversations around childhood, motherhood & education. The Modern Miss Mason Podcast is hosted by Leah Boden 🇬🇧
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The Mighty Mother - With Eloise Rickman

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A May Morning - With Dave & Leah Boden
Popping by to say “Hi” with stories of Lake District adventures, the dawn chorus and all things Charlotte Mason (of course 😉). Charlotte Mason Unboxed Course: Here  Coaching Information: Here Conferences: Charlotte Mason Inspired: Learn Free (use code: MMM2021 for 10% discount) Renew Homeschool Conference (Promo coming soon) Charlotte Mason Institute Podcast Episode: The PNEU In You - With Em Bowers Taylor Swift - The Lakes Leah's Linktree:
May 12, 2021
Confidence, Connection And The Art Of Slowing Down - With Leslie Martino
I’m so honoured to introduce you to the incredible mother, mentor, educator and encourager, Leslie Martino. Leslie and I chatted over zoom; she was in sunny Florida, chatting peacefully as her mother took her children for a walk, and I was in chilly Coventry hushing and ushering children into other rooms in the house, as usual. Our conversation today covers a myriad of topics from educational beginnings, through to the art of slowing down and we even throw some thoughts about moving our body in there! A feast I tell you. Here’s my conversation with Leslie Martino. You can reach Leslie here: or on Instagram on @lesliemmartino Get 20% off Unboxed here: using code: SEASON3 All the links to all my things, here:
April 12, 2021
Our Muslim Homeschool - With Dr. Gemma Somauroo
Gemma Somauroo (@ourmuslimhomeschool) is a wife, homeschool mum to 4, award winning blogger, inspirer, encourager, podcaster and top notch homeschool content creator; her platform delivers wisdom and experience on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook as well as through her “Launch Your Homeschool” course. Our conversation today covers homeschool beginnings, organisation, emotional health advice as well as a general get to know Gemma, I know you’re going to love it. Find ALL my links here:
April 5, 2021
Learning & Living Well - With Alicia Hutchinson
Today I have another gem for you. Alicia Hutchinson (@overatalicias) and I have been hanging around the homeschool blogosphere and then Instagram for many years. Our children are a similar age and I feel like we’ve evolved from young enthusiastic homeschoolers into mentors and mother encouragers, side by side but with a mere 3,906 miles between us. Alicia is wife to Jarrod, mum to 4 children, home educator as well as the founder and leader of the wonderful Learning Well Community ( )She’s always been a great inspiration and encouragement to me not only as a fellow educator but also as a thrifty homemaker and creative mum. Alicia shares from her Christian faith and reflects on her identity from the perspective of the Bible. She’s so full of wonderful ideas, wisdom and fun - I know you’re gong to treasure this conversation. Find ALL my links here:
March 29, 2021
Farming, Writing & Finally Living - With Christine Bailey
Today’s guest is the lovely Christine Bailey and she is a wonderful example of a mother who carefully considers the atmosphere of their home. Christine is a mum to two daughters; she’s also a farmer and a writer. They have 17 acres in Santa Fe (fee), Tennessee, where they raise organic produce, flowers, bees, and chickens in a sustainable way that heals the land and grows into beautiful food. They also gather the community at long farm tables under the stars at their seasonal Kindred Dinners. Christine and her husband Steven believe life is meant to be shared in community, you can hear this through our chat today and I know you’ll be richer for engaging in our conversation. You can connect with Christine on Instagram at @organicstine and @thekindredfarm or over on her website here: Find ALL my links here:
March 22, 2021
Beauty From Ashes - With Sarah Clarkson
Today’s guest is a perfect example of a beauty seeker, and sharer. Her life and words are a great inspiration to me, and even during this conversation (and during editing) I was moved by what she said and how our conversation made me feel. Today I’m sharing my conversation with the wife, mother of two with one on the way, and writer Sarah Clarkson. Sarah is articulate, vulnerable and honest in our conversation today and I know you’re going to treasure it and why not also give these words permission to help you grow as you go into a new week. You can reach Sarah here: You can find all my links here:
March 15, 2021
A Spacious Place - With Christie Purifoy
My conversation this week is with the inspiring mother of 4 Christie Purifoy. Christie, amongst many other things, is an author, podcaster and gardener, she consistently points us to beauty through her words and photography; I’ve found her reading life and intellectual pursuits, as well as her commitment to growth (personally, and in the garden) such an inspiration and I think you will too. You can reach Christie here: You can find all my links here:
March 8, 2021
Recitation & Memorisation For Delight & Growth - With Serena McCarthy (feat. Paul Sheffield)
In this week's conversation I’m speaking to returning guest Serena McCarthy ( Serena has a long background in theatre, direction and acting; she’s a writer, editor, pastor voracious reader (I love all her recommendations, she recently text me and said “stop what you’re doing, click onto Amazon and order “my name is Asher Lev”, so I did) and as an adult woman she chooses to continue to remember and delight in beautiful verse, words and scriptures. There’s also a special guest appearance on this episode, my dad! Paul Sheffield makes an appearance because I’ve known him all my life as someone who memorises - but not for show, but to richly feed his inner life. Listen in...  Books mentioned:  My name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok  Verse Worth Remembering - Stanley Maxwell   Letters to a Young Poet  - Rainer Maria Rilke  Janet and Allen Ahlberg books  Shower Notes (Aqua paper)  All the links to ALL my things:
March 1, 2021
Contentment As A Growth Strategy - With Amber O’Neil Johnston
Today, we’ll be hearing from our friend Amber O’Neal Johnston who you’ll remember from season 2. Amber was part of the Podcast Zoom LIVE in January, she’s a homeschool mum to 4 children in the US, she’s an incredible writer, encourager, advocate and speaker. And you have to check out her heritage packs; go look and shop at Today she’s sharing her top 3 tips for growth in 2021. Listen in and be inspired. ALL the links to all my things can be found here:
February 22, 2021
Creativity, And The Courage To Continue - With Kyle Campbell
Today, our guest is Kyle Campbell. Kyle and I had a complete “meet cute” via instagram back in 2017 the night before I left for Franklin, TN, which happened to be her home town - it was so bizarre! Over the years we’ve shared our stories over dinners, cocktails, in coffee shops and in our homes with our husbands and children. She is hands down the most innovative, creative person I know and she inspires me everyday with the words and images she shares on her instagram account @suddenjourneys. Kyle is the real deal, she’s authentic, vulnerable, a thoughtful friend, has the BIGGEST heart and cooks up a storm in the kitchen which will leave you full for days! Here’s our conversation about creativity and courage to continue... Kyle: All my links:
February 15, 2021
We’re Back! Introduction to Season 3 and tips for growth with Rachel Kovac
I’m so glad to be back after a long break which included Christmas, New Year and a long, difficult bout of Covid-19 😞 Today I introduce Season 3 and share an excerpt from the Podcast LIVE recording. Rachel Kovac @rachelstitchedtogether shares her three tips for growth in 2021. Don’t forget to share, click on those five stars and leave a review to help our fellow mamas find the podcast ❤️
February 8, 2021
Building Community, Inspiring Freedom & Telling Of It - Ainsley Arment
So honoured today to invite you into this conversation with my friend and founder of the Wild + Free community, Ainsley Arment. Check out the work of W + F over on - Pick up a ticket for the January Podcast LIVE here:
December 7, 2020
Light And Literature - With Cindy Rollins
It’s Advent! We’re celebrating these simple beginnings with Cindy Rollins and her beautiful book “Hallelujah”, an advent guide using the music of Handle’s Messiah. Join us for a conversation about Charlotte Mason, a literary life and advent traditions. Follow Cindy on Instagram on @cindyordoamoris and follow her writing life over on her website here: Pick up a ticket to my January Podcast LIVE “Something to grow by” here:
November 30, 2020
The Tale Of An Irish Storyteller - With Meghan Elise Bell
Todays conversation is about poetry and fairy tales with Northern Irish poet and storyteller Meghan Bell. Meghan’s poetry and book are available on Amazon worldwide. You can follow her lyrical journey over on Instagram: Grab your ticket for the “Something To Grow By” podcast live webinar on January 9th here:
November 23, 2020
A Longing To Learn - With Karen Glass
It was a absolute delight to interview Karen Glass, such a poignant voice into the Charlotte Mason community and she even brought a favourite poem along with her which you’ll hear at the end of the podcast. Please go across to and find out more about her books, research and desire to keep us all learning. Truly a kindred spirit. As ever you can find ALL the links to ALL my things (including Charlotte Mason Unboxed, Code: NOV20) over here:
November 16, 2020
A Bird, A Motto, A Legacy - With Dr. Susie Nyman
I’m so honoured to share this lively conversation I had a few weeks ago with PNEU (Parents National Educational Union)graduate Dr. Susie Nyman. Susie is an incredible teacher and leader, expert and sought after voice in SEN and Multisensory Teaching and all round joyful human! Find her books here: Eastap, L. et al. (2018). Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide - 2nd Edition. British Dyslexia Association. Nyman, S. (2019). The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit. Chichester: Oaka Books: Nyman, S. (2020). How to become a Grade Riser. Chichester: Oaka Books:
November 9, 2020
Tales Of Wisdom And Wonder - With Sally Clarkson
Excited for you to listen in to my conversation with beautiful legend, Sally Clarkson. Sally is a podcaster, speaker, conference host, prolific author as well as a wife, mother and grandmother. She speaks with wisdom and grace into motherhood and education, and I’m honoured to call her friend. Check out Sally on Instagram here: and her most recent book “Awaking Wonder”; it’s a beautiful insight into her homeschooling journey. Find ALL the links to ALL my things here:
November 2, 2020
Where Charlotte Mason Wears An Afro - With Amber O’Neal Johnston
Pull up a chair, pour a cuppa and join Amber and I in a beautifully rich conversation about Charlotte Mason, educational freedom, diversity and hope for the future. Amber speaks, writes, and shares her observations on her blog on home education, culture, books, global travel, and more, and when asked about her path she likes to smile and say, “In my house, Charlotte Mason has an afro.” Find her incredible posts and resources here: - Find ALL the links to ALL my things here:
October 26, 2020
Brave Enough To Learn - With Julie Bogart
This week we’ve got Charlotte Mason gold alongside some classic homeschooling straight talk with the one and only Julie Bogart. Join us for a rich, funny and invigorating conversation to get your week started right! You can reach Julie here: . You can find ALL the links to ALL my things, including my newsletter here:
October 19, 2020
A Relationship Revolution - With Dr. Carroll Smith
Today’s podcast is an enlivening conversation with the wise and wonderful Dr. Carroll Smith of the Charlotte Mason Institute. Dr. Carroll’s knowledge of Mason and his connections within the community go back to the early 80’s - so, so interesting! You can find out more about the institute here: You can find ALL the links to ALL my things here:
October 12, 2020
The Mighty Mother - With Eloise Rickman
Today Eloise @mightymother_ and I deep dive into Charlotte Mason in the early years, encouragement for mothers, the atmosphere of the home and how she wrote a book in two weeks during the UK Covid-19 lock down! You can find out all about her content, courses and coaching here: || ALL my links to all my things are here:
October 5, 2020
Grit & Growth In Education - With Dave Boden
In this weeks episode I get to interview my husband Dave Boden (aka Modern Mr. Mason) about his work in education and the principles of a growth mindset. We discuss Mason’s notion of education being a place of growth as well as the continuous place of growth for mothers. You can find out more about Dave’s work with Grace Foundation here: and here: || ALL the links to all my things including coaching and the Charlotte Mason Unboxed course can be found here:
September 28, 2020
The PNEU In You - With Em Bowers
Em Bowers is an inspiring enthusiast of the work of the PNEU; she’s part of the team leading the Charlotte Mason community in the UK whilst home educating her youngest two sons. You’ll find her on Instagram @simplesmallslow || You can find all the links to all my things here:
September 21, 2020
The Serendipity of Shakespeare - With Serena McCarthy
This week I introduce you to my long-time friend and theatre expert Serena McCarthy. Serena has read, studied, taught, directed and acted in Shakespeare productions since her teen years and takes some time today to share her experiences and helps guide us in reading, memorising and teaching Shakespeare to our children. You can find Serena occasionally blogging over at: and sharing on her Instagram @the_nature_of_light || You can find links to ALL my things: - Thanks for listening, Leah x
September 14, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Richele Baburina
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August 31, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Elsie Iudicello
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August 24, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Joy Clarkson
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August 17, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Amy Hughes
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August 10, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - A Birthday, A Road Trip & Wordsworth
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August 3, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Diana Edwin
Today’s poetry reading is by Diana Edwin|| ALL the links to all my things here:
July 27, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Greta Eskridge
Today’s poetry reading is by Greta Eskridge, author of “Adventuring Together” || ALL the links to all my things here:
July 20, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Lynn Seddon
Today’s poetry reading is by Lynn Seddon of Exploring Nature With Children || ALL the links to all my things here:
July 13, 2020
A Summer Of Poems - Leah Boden (Yep, that’s me!)
It starts with me || || ALL the links to all my things:
July 6, 2020
The Numbers Game (with Richele Baburina)
We’re wrapping up this season with an epic, fabulous conversation plus Q & A with mother, creative and Charlotte Mason enthusiast Richele Baburina about maths! Here are a few places you can find her. Shop for maths resources over at and brush drawing resources over on - - IG: @rbaburina || ALL the links to ALL my things are here: and don’t forget to use the code DEAL20 for 20% off the Charlotte Mason Unboxed course (limited numbers for a limited time). Enjoy - Leah
June 29, 2020
Use Your Imagination (with Elsie Iudicello)
Hop on the imagination bus with my fabulous friend Elsie Iudicello and I as we explore how the Charlotte Mason philosophy expounds this important part of child development and education. Find Elsie over at @farmhouseschoolhouse on Instagram ( ) || ALL my links to all my things are here:
June 22, 2020
Putting The “I” In Handicrafts (with Rachel Kovac)
We take an alternate route down a Waldorf pedagogy today and talk with Rachel Kovac (@rachelstitchedtogether) about handicrafts. Rachel is so beautifully inspiring and practical - she truly brings this habit and rhythm to life through this conversation. Rachel has a course hosted by Wild + Free called “The Music of Mozart” which includes handicrafts, poetry, stories and much more - check it out here: Find her on Instagram here: || All the links to ALL my things here:
June 15, 2020
Step Back In Time (with Hilda Manriquez)
Today we take a step back into history with my friend Hilda (@harthandhome); veteran CM home educator, reader, history reenactor, nature explorer and curator of beauty! We discuss books, timelines and living history fun (costumes not included 😉). You can find Hilda over on Instagram sharing her wisdom and selling books - go check out her @promiselivinglibrary page 👌 ALL my links to all my things are here: || Enjoy the show!
June 8, 2020
Pause For Poetry (with Joy Clarkson)
A deep dive into the place of poetry in our lives and education with homeschool graduate Joy Clarkson (@joynessthebrave). Joy is the daughter of well known author, speaker and mentor to many, Sally Clarkson. Joy is a PHD student at St. Andrews, Scotland and is reading theology. Join us for a rich conversation to thrill the heart and equip your homeschool. || All the links to all my things:
June 1, 2020
A Quiet Growing Time (With Amy Hughes)
Amy Hughes and I discuss how Charlotte Mason’s philosophy inspired not only her home educating but also her journey towards gentle parenting. You can find Amy on Instagram (@simplelittleamy) or over on her blog ( All my links to all the things are here:
May 25, 2020
A Journey To The Centre Of Science (with Diana Edwin)
Building on the foundation of nature study with fellow UK Charlotte Mason mama Diana Edwin (@solent_charlotte_mason_uk). With Diana’s engineering background and her passion for STEM subjects she guides us in books choices , journaling, narration and the gentle continuation of scientific study within the Charlotte Mason philosophy. All the links to all the things here: - please message Diana via Instagram for the book titles she recommends. Online conference I mention:
May 18, 2020
When Words Have Wings (with Greta Eskridge)
So excited to introduce you to my fabulous friend Greta (@maandpamodern) - we talk all things books...including the one she’s about to launch into the world! Find Greta’s resources here: and the links to all my things here:
May 11, 2020
The Moveable Feast (With Kyle Campbell)
A deep dive into the meaning of the “feast of education”. I’m joined by Kyle Campbell of @suddenjourneys (Instagram) who adds a beautiful sound bite speaking on the subject of grazing boards with my response on how they relate to our understanding and implementation of the feast of education. Poem read by Sienna Boden. All the links to all the things:
May 4, 2020
Two Northern Birds (with Lynn Seddon)
This week I’m interviewing one of my all time favourite people, Lynn Seddon! We talk about nature study in lock down and Lynn’s lovely mother culture rhythms. The reading is from Volume 1, “Home Education” and Sienna Boden is reciting “Happy Thoughts” by Robert Louis Stevenson. All the links to all the things: || IG: @Leahvboden @modernmissmason
April 27, 2020
The Woman & The Writer
In this episode we explore the length and depths of Charlotte Mason’s 6 volumes; how to read them and not feel overwhelmed along with ten top tips for study. The poem recited is “Of Isolation” by Charlotte Mason taken from “The saviour of the world” volume 1.
April 20, 2020