Doing Justice to the Characters of Others

I remembered this conversation between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice as I was re-reading Book 1 of Ourselves, the book we’re discussing in our monthly Charlotte Mason book club on Zoom: “Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; “and pray what is the result?” “I am … Continue reading Doing Justice to the Characters of Others

Ambleside Online Year 11

This is our Year 11 Australian/personalised adaption of Ambleside Online. We've just finished for the year and this is my final update...unless I've forgotten something. Bible/Devotions *  **  * *** In The Steps of the Master by H.V. Morton - Bible History & Geography * Knowing God by J.I. Packer - continued from last year ** The … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 11

A Lopsided Education

‘Education is an atmosphere, a discipline and a life’ is a well-known idea to those who are familiar with the Charlotte Mason Method of Education. This idea didn’t originate with her but with Matthew Arnold, a British poet and critic of Victorian times. In Chapter XIV of School Education, Charlotte Mason shows how neglecting any … Continue reading A Lopsided Education

Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish – a Curriculum for Young children

 It has been very encouraging to see new business ventures emerge within the home education movement in recent years. Downloadable products are especially helpful to those outside of the USA who pay a premium for postage and this format lends itself well to learning another language.  Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish is a Curriculum for teaching … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish – a Curriculum for Young children

Charlotte Mason Highschool: Handicrafts

  "Creativity is not just for artists. Subjects like design and technology, music, art and drama, are vitally important for children to develop imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, problem-solving, team-working and technical skills...These are the skills which will enable young people to navigate the changing workplace of the future and stay ahead of the robots, not … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Highschool: Handicrafts

A Charlotte Mason Picture Study Resource

Here is Part 2 of the Australian Artist Picture Study featuring the work of Tom Roberts. I've concentrated mostly on his portraits this time. For a short biography of his life see Part 1. Download the PDF for Part 2 here. I hope you find this helpful and if you find any errors or have … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Picture Study Resource

Confessions of a Shakespeare Illiterate

  When I was 13 years old, I heard a girl in the year above me at school reciting what I thought was a poem. It appealed to me so much that I remembered some fragments over all the intervening years up until a few years ago when we read them in Shakespeare's play, The … Continue reading Confessions of a Shakespeare Illiterate

Formation of Character: the awkward, critical stage

A Rocky Interlude, the Snowy Mountains, NSW       'Here we go again...'   I really thought my thoughtful and affectionate youngest son would skip the awkward stage but almost overnight, the change came. I should have known. Each of my children have gone through this 'awkward, critical stage,' as Charlotte Mason defines it, … Continue reading Formation of Character: the awkward, critical stage