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“It may be that the souls of all children are waiting for the call of knowledge to awaken them to delightful living.” - Charlotte Mason My guest for today’s episode is Rebecca Farris. As C.E.O. of Home Educating Family Association, Rebecca inspires and supports thousands of homeschool moms each year through her speaking, talk show, daily planne ...…
 
“It may be that the souls of all children are waiting for the call of knowledge to awaken them to delightful living.” - Charlotte Mason My guest for today’s episode is Rebecca Farris. As C.E.O. of Home Educating Family Association, Rebecca inspires and supports thousands of homeschool moms each year through her speaking, talk show, daily planne ...…
 
So far in this series we’ve talked about all the great benefits that we and our children can gain from doing nature study. We’ve also addressed Charlotte Mason’s encouragement to get outside one half-day per week, all year round. That all sounds great, but sometimes there is confusion about what to do once you step […] Nature Study in a Nutshel ...…
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include how to balance the demands your put on your kids and their own independent work, the relationship between writing programs and narration, whether kids should be rewarded for reading, Charlotte Mason for dummies, and much more (including baseball and Mother's ...…
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include how to balance the demands your put on your kids and their own independent work, the relationship between writing programs and narration, whether kids should be rewarded for reading, Charlotte Mason for dummies, and much more (including baseball and Mother's ...…
 
Editor’s note: On December 3, 1912, The Times Educational Supplement published a letter entitled, “Miss Mason on the Montessori System.” The following year, five introductory paragraphs were added to the letter, and it was published as Chapter VII of The Basis of National Strength. Two years after that, the original text of the 1912 letter (wit ...…
 
Would you be brave enough to let photographers document a day in your life? Our guest today did just that! Today we are joined by fellow homeschool mom and Instagram inspiration, Brandi McIntosh. She guided us through her process of habit training with her kids from chores to routines which gives a sense of peace in the home. Find her beautiful ...…
 
When we lived near Chicago, my husband John rode his bike for long treks in all kinds of weather. He liked to take the roads that led out of our suburb and into relatively undeveloped country, because they were less traveled. The upside of those roads was less traffic. The downside was that they had […] You Move Toward What You Focus On origina ...…
 
www.GG2HwithAngelaJordanPerry.tumblr.comEpisode #4: Being quick to reach out for help through vulnerability is key in homeschooling. Melissa AldrichMelissa Aldrich has been the wife of Derek for almost 12 years, and the mama of twins Aeralind, Bronwyn (8, 2nd grade), and Sedryn (K5 reading, 1st-5th grade everything else). We've homeschooled two ...…
 
How do we lift children above what is their nature? Charlotte Mason wrote, “Habits are to life as rails are to a train.” Bill St. Cyr, of Ambleside Schools International, discusses the role habit formation plays in the lives of individuals. “Charlotte Mason was a hundred years ahead of her time when it comes to her understand of how the brain f ...…
 
Cultivating children’s tastes and directing their affections toward what is good, true, and beautiful begins with the development of deeply satisfying relationships with worthy literature, music, art, and more, as well as with a consistent habit of working well. “The atmosphere, the way in which work is talked about, the way in which work is en ...…
 
The role of the teacher or parent in setting a classroom atmosphere of joy and order hinges on the nature of authority between the adult and the students. Does the teacher lead with an authoritarian or authoritative role? The authoritarian teacher leads by anxious and controlling means, setting an unpredictable and fragile atmosphere that squel ...…
 
Of all of the questions we received on homeschooling through high school with the Charlotte Mason Method, the area that raised the most concerns, by far, was composition. I find that fact interesting . . . and a bit ironic. Think about it. Most of us were given the traditional and typical separate classes focused […] Narration and Composition i ...…
 
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips Listen: Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we have a lot to keep track of and a lot to make happen. So, I thought that we’d talk about diff ...…
 
In this interview, I talk with Jason Fletcher, founding Headmaster of Heritage School in Cambridge.Heritage is the only school I am aware of that is committed to (and actively promotes) a Charlotte Mason education in the UK. Jason explains its unique pertinence to the educational priorities of our times. We discuss,* The fight against apathy an ...…
 
For quite a while I have been thinking about what it would look like to bring Charlotte Mason’s philosophy into Sunday School. When my pastor called a church meeting a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my ideas. The following is the email I wrote to him …
 
Editor’s Note, by Heidi Buschbach As I mentioned in my previous article, Musical Drill Practices, I have felt for many years that Mason’s music curriculum was sorely lacking the means to foster musical literacy in children. In my music training, I learned that children need to learn music internally, as we do a language, through ……
 
In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on “Staying Inspired in Home Schooling”. This is another in our September back to school series. And while it may be a little early in the year to feel uninspired about home schooling, we are here to prepare you for the day that it […]
 
Editor’s note: Helen Wix graduated from Charlotte Mason’s House of Education in 1903, but she began writing articles for The Parents’ Review even when she was still a student. In May of 1903, an examination in cardboard sloyd was held at the House of Education, and Wix “passed with distinction.” However, her distinction extended well beyond slo ...…
 
Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series on the teaching of physics by Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, published by Simply Charlotte Mason. In this series we are looking at the study of physics in a Charlotte Mason classroom using a Kipling poem as the device to ……
 
Editor’s Note, by Heidi Buschbach Charlotte Mason valued music as a significant part of “the feast.” The two main components of musical training are pitch (tune) and rhythm (time). Our author, Miss Dorothy Walker, carefully observed children and noticed that they tended to struggle with rhythmic expression when playing instruments. She felt the ...…
 
Rhythmic movement and sound can be observed all around you in the ticking of a clock, the daily movement of the sun, the marching of a band, and the crashing of the waves. The chicka-dee-dee-dee of a bird, the inching of a worm, and the mother rocking her baby to sleep while humming a tune …
 
Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series on the teaching of physics by Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, published by Simply Charlotte Mason. Imagine that you are inside a space capsule—a spherical capsule with no front or back end. Its engines are off, so you are not accelerating. ……
 
Editor’s Note: In the April, 1914 issue of The Parents’ Review, Charlotte Mason introduced the PNEU to Rudolf Eucken (1846-1926). Mason knew the German philosopher from a book by Meyrick Booth which she reviewed that month. Mason wrote that Booth “shows what the thinkers of the past have done towards the solution of ‘the great and ancient probl ...…
 
My family and I are Charlotte Mason newbies, as in, I just finished my first month of implementing her philosophy. We are new, but we are in love with every aspect of her method. We have seen first-hand how embracing her approach creates peace and cultivates learning in the home. Charlotte Mason is the first ……
 
It is commonly known that Charlotte Mason left twenty principles as a compass to keep teachers on a steady course toward the right objective, but Mason also wrote six books. The Parents’ Review contains hundreds of articles. If the twenty principles cover everything, why is there so much literature on Mason’s method? I have a ……
 
Editor’s Note: I have a confession to make. I don’t really know what I’m doing. I have read Miss Mason’s books and studied many Parents’ Review articles, but I don’t have the experience of teaching a child all the way through high school. My oldest child is nine and I have never homeschooled fourth grade. This ……
 
When we last talked about sloyd, we explored the principles to be employed while teaching it. This article assumes that the reader understands the principles. There are many ways that sloyd philosophy and Miss Mason’s philosophy agree and complement each other; however, the way Mason used sloyd in her programmes is what specifically concerns us ...…
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include: Introducing morning time to pre-schoolers How to use written narration with a formal writing curriculum Advice on teaching boys to read Charlotte Mason and Classical Education *** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planne ...…
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include: Introducing morning time to pre-schoolers How to use written narration with a formal writing curriculum Advice on teaching boys to read Charlotte Mason and Classical Education *** This episode is brought to you by Morningtide to Eventide, purveyors of planne ...…
 
South India By Mrs. Senior The Parents’ Review, 1919, pp. 303-307 Editor’s Note: Many of the teachers-in-training at the House of Education were governesses. Does this mean that Charlotte Mason’s method can only be implemented faithfully by families with governesses? Not at all! Read this wonderful testimony from a mother in 1919 who implemente ...…
 
Reading through Charlotte Mason’s six volumes, you will rarely come across the word “sloyd,” but if you look through the archives you will find statements like this: “Miss Mason always says she believes Sloyd to be the most valuable and most educative of all the handicrafts” (Pennethorne, 1906, p. 3). So what exactly is sloyd and ……
 
Picture study is a simple Charlotte Mason method, taking only a few minutes each week. Yet that practice can yield wonderful results. Lingering with one artist and allowing the students to look closely and carefully at his work—to look for themselves—is the key. When children are allowed to do that, they are free to form […] Happy Results: Elsi ...…
 
We’re not talking about blueprints and square footage today. Rather, the question, How large is your student’s room?, refers to a powerful passage that Charlotte Mason wrote in School Education. It’s not about architecture; it’s about curriculum. Let me explain. Picture a toddler who is learning about this world. That toddler wants to explore e ...…
 
Charlotte Mason’s original six-volume series is a wealth of ideas, encouragement, and good humor. The books are not easy reading, but they are rich reading. You will gain much insight and confidence if you spend even ten minutes a day reading and then narrating to yourself what you have read. I often get asked, “Which […] Inside the 6 Volumes o ...…
 
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I’ve had two constant companions over the 20 years that I’ve been homeschooling: my husband John and my pink six-volume set of The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason. Several years ago we had the privilege of getting to know Dean and Karen Andreola. Such wonderful people! One of the first things we did […] The “Pinks” Are Back or ...…
 
Of the many gifts that we can give our children, one of the greatest is a love of nature. And the sooner we encourage that relationship, the more time they will have to develop it and enjoy its benefits. Charlotte Mason described such a gift like this: “A love of Nature, implanted so early that […] Happy Results: Heather F.’s Nature Study Story ...…
 
Once upon a time there was a little village nestled at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Its greatest treasure was a sparkling, life-giving stream that flowed right down the center. The people who lived near that stream were happy and vibrant. One day the Town Council gathered to go over the budget, and they came […] A Flowing Stream originall ...…
 
Charlotte Mason advice to your frequently asked questions, this time on narration with non-Mason students, required standardized state testing, and the long-awaited, "What do we do in the summer?"
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include: Whether Charlotte Mason's volumes should be reading a particular order Whether morning time is necessary for a true Charlotte Mason (or classical) approach to education Whether morning time is too heavy on what is called "the riches" *** As always, press the ...…
 
In this episode of The Mason Jar Q&A, Cindy answers listener questions. Topics include: Whether Charlotte Mason's volumes should be reading a particular order Whether morning time is necessary for a true Charlotte Mason (or classical) approach to education Whether morning time is too heavy on what is called "the riches" *** As always, press the ...…
 
Charlotte Mason was a proponent of the instruction in Sloyd. What is it, and when and how is it taught? Emily interviews guest Brittney McGann, who has researched the topic and practiced this subject in her home and has many practical tips to share and resources to recommend.
 
If you have ever sat on a three-legged stool, you know how important the three legs are to keeping your balance. Take away any of the legs and the stool becomes unstable. It’s the same with a Charlotte Mason education. Charlotte described her philosophy of education in three words—three legs of a stool, if you […] You Need All Three: Atmosphere ...…
 
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