I didn’t have this type of Bible verse memory as part of our homeschool for a long time- the Bible memorization that chooses random, single, stand alone verses for memorizing. I had not come across it in what I read from Charlotte and so I didn’t work it into the schedule. We did use, as Charlotte suggests, parable passages in our recitation time. We also … Continue reading Confessions of a CM Educator: I Do Random Bible Verse Memorization.
“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” – Leonardo da Vinci What is the theory that is the rudder of a Charlotte Mason Education? What is the compass that points the direction to a Living Education? What is the principle that guides our practice? What is our … Continue reading Science of Relation-ships
…of all the knowledge which a child should get, the knowledge of God is first in importance, and the knowledge of himself, next. – Charlotte Mason Volume 5 p.363 Charlotte intended for Volume 4 to be read by children under the age of sixteen. Her goal was that these students would grow in character from a thorough study of human nature. She titled this … Continue reading Using Volume 4 with Students
“Who was it that said, ‘Know thyself’ came down from heaven? It is quite true—true as Gospel. It came straight to whoever said it first.”—Life of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. POSSIBLY we fail to give ‘effective moral training based upon Christian principles’ to young people because our teaching is scrappy, and rests mainly upon appeals to the emotions through tale and song. Inspiring as these … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Preface
In the ‘How to Use the Teacher’s Notes for First Reading Lessons’ the instructions read:Read the poem with the student. Help them with sounds and words when they need help. I suppose that is enough said. But, of course, there is more to say on it- both from my experience and from Charlotte Mason. What I would have liked to add, but, for sake of … Continue reading Paying Attention on Reading the Poem lesson days.
Do I personally need to learn about a Charlotte Mason Education? I’m happy to tell you Yes! If you want to know something, then yes, like anything else, you will need to devote time to the study of it. This is good because studying Charlotte Mason will change your life—for the better. If it seems like hard work, well maybe sometimes it is, but nothing … Continue reading What is a Charlotte Mason Education-Questions Answered 3
If there are no tests or quizzes, how do you know the student is learning? A Charlotte Mason education relies on a child’s inborn desire to know and their natural curiosity. A child who has been reared with this underlying philosophy from the beginning will have the God-given natural desire to know and learn at his immediate disposal. A student who has been trained from … Continue reading What is a Charlotte Mason Education—Questions Answered 2
CHAPTER XXVI THE ETERNAL CHILD The Highest Counsel of Perfection to Parents ‘The Waits! Slowly the play, poor careful souls, With wistful thoughts of Christmas cheer, Unwitting how their music rolls Away the burden of the year. And with the charm, the homely rune, Our thoughts like childhood’s thoughts are given, When all our pulses beat in tune With all the stars of … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXV THE GREAT RECOGNITION REQUIRED OF PARENTS Ruskin on the ‘Vaulted Book.’—Mr. Ruskin has done a great service to modern thought in interpreting for us the harmonious and ennobling scheme of education and philosophy recorded upon one quarter of what he calls the ‘Vaulted Book,’ that is, the Spanish Chapel attached to the Church of Sta.Maria Novella, in Florence. Many of my readers … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 25
CHAPTER XXIV WHENCE AND WHITHER 2. Whither? Physical and Psychical Evolutions.—The biologists leave thinking persons without hesitation in following the great bouleversement of thought, summed up in the term evolution. They are no longer able to believe otherwise than that man is the issue of processes, ages long in their development; and what is more, and even more curious, that each individual child from … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 24