Know and Tell by Karen Glass - Charlotte Mason Book Discussion

Having trouble with narration? I understand – it can be especially frustrating if your child also has special needs. We’re addressing all those challenges in our next book discussion! Join us for our “Mom’s Night Out” Book Discussion all about Narration! We’ll be reading Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass – and we’ll be approaching narration from a Special Needs / Developmental viewpoint. We’re starting on Monday, Nov. 29th! It’s all part of my Special NeedsRead More →

HOMESCHOOLCON How to Homeschool Successfully in 2020 “What kind of education do I want for my child?” That is the question you might be asking yourself in this unusual time as you find yourself suddenly homeschooling and wondering “What is education?” Or, maybe more acurately, “What could education be?” I attempt to provide an answer to that question through the lens of a quote by Charlotte Mason: “The question is not ‘How much does the youth know?’ when he hasRead More →

The Way of the Will & The Way of the Reason - Charlotte Mason's Principles 16, 17, 18, 19

WILL AND REASON IN A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION Charlotte Mason’s Principles #16 – #19 PRINCIPLE #16 There are two guides to moral and intellectual self-management to offer to children, which we may call “the way of the will” and “the way of the reason.” PRINCIPLE #17 The way of the will: Children should be taught (a) to distinguish between “I want” and “I will.” (b) That the way to will effectively is to tum our thoughts from that which weRead More →

Principles 14 and 15 The Practice of Narration from a Single Reading -Charlotte Mason

CHARLOTTE MASON’S PRINCIPLES #14 and #15 PRINCIPLE #14 As knowledge is not assimilated until it is reproduced, children should ‘tell back’ after a single reading or hearing, or should write on some part of what they have read. PRINCIPLE #15 A single reading is insisted on because children have naturally great power of attention; but this force is dissipated by the re-reading of passages, and also, by questioning, summarizing, and the like. Acting upon these and some other points inRead More →

5 Tips to Establish the Habit of Attention for a Single, Careful Reading so that Your Child can have Better Narrations Have you ever read to your child and asked for a narration only to get that blank stare? [insert crickets here] Ha! Right?! I know it’s happened to me! Well help is here! I’m going to give you FIVE TIPS to getting your child’s attention for that single careful reading so that you get better narrations! And I haveRead More →

CHARLOTTE MASON’S PRINCIPLES #11, #12 and #13 PRINCIPLE #11 But we, believing that the normal child has powers of mind which fit him to deal with all knowledge proper to him, give him a full and generous curriculum; taking care only that all knowledge offered him is vital, that is, that facts are not presented without their informing ideas. Out of this conception comes our principle that – PRINCIPLE #12 “Education is the Science of Relations”; that is, that aRead More →

Charlotte Mason's Principles 9 and 10: A Child’s Mind is a Spiritual Organism with an Appetite for All Knowledge

CHARLOTTE MASON’S PRINCIPLES #9 and #10 A Child’s Mind is a Spiritual Organismwith an Appetite for All Knowledge Charlotte discusses Principles #9 and #10 in Chapter 7 of Volume 6, titled “How We Make Use of Mind.” It’s an interesting title for this chapter because she is discussing how we, as parents and teachers, approach education and which educational philosophies we should reject. And the first thing Charlotte does in this chapter is go on a bit of a rantRead More →

Charlotte Mason's Principle #8: Education is a Life

CHARLOTTE MASON’S PRINCIPLE #8Education is a Life Continuing with the last part of Principle #5, Charlotte tells us the THREE EDUCATIONAL INSTRUMENTS that we may use: PRINCIPLE #5 We are limited to three educational instruments – the atmosphere of environment, the discipline of habit, and the presentation of living ideas. The P.N.E.U. Motto is: “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life. Principle #8 is the idea that Education is a LIFE: PRINCIPLE #8 In saying that “education is a life,”Read More →

5 Tips for Choosing a Charlotte Mason Curriculum

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CHARLOTTE MASON CURRICULUM I frequently get asked about various CM curricula and the other day I ran across a quote in Principle #7 of our 20 Principles Study where Charlotte says: “The intellectual habits of the good life form themselves in the following out of the due curriculum in the right way.” -Charlotte Mason, Volume 6, pg. 99 So first Charlotte says that simply using her Curriculum will help establish good intellectual habits, but only ifRead More →