One of the foundational tools in a Living Education is narration. It is a practice, stemming from Charlotte’s philosophy that children are persons, that, probably more than anything else, distinguishes her method from all other methods. Narration is not a test to see what knowledge the student has, but rather the way in which we GET the knowledge. Charlotte tells us in various places in … Continue reading Tell It & Know It
In reaction to the educational philosophy which centers around children learning facts and information and the superficial nature of this supposed learning, CM educators may flounder knowing if or how memory work fits into a CM Life. Although we shun memory facts for a test, and memory for spouting off as if participating in an educational production, there is a place for memorization in a … Continue reading Memorization? Yes! a CM Educator Can Embrace it!
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.
Charlotte Mason always gives us a gentle way to handle our home learning quandaries- and, for that matter, our life. Sometimes it takes thought, time and stretching to find, but it is there if we interrupt our habits, cease our incessant march, and get outside our normal box to bring in fresh Living Ideas. One quandary in our day that needed a Living solution had been … Continue reading Definitely a Workable Time
Often the words charming, delightful, reverent, joyful, peaceful, even sacred accompany descriptions of Nature Journaling in a Charlotte Mason Education. Bright walks, invigorating fresh air, beauty for every eye with subject matter abounding, is bound to make for refreshment and mind feeding. Take, for example, this quote from Charlotte Mason, “As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source … Continue reading Nature Journals For the Long Haul