Keeping Notebooks & a Bookish Update

I started a monthly or thereabouts Charlotte Mason newsletter about 18 months ago. Since moving to WordPress the link to request the newsletter doesn't work. I've had a few queries about Notebooks recently but it's a topic that comes up quite often so I've started writing about Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason education and sending … Continue reading Keeping Notebooks & a Bookish Update

A 16 Year Old’s Written Narration Samples

In a Charlotte Mason education we start off with oral narration, which is basically a child retelling what they've heard or read for themselves in their own words. Oral narration continues all the way through high school but written narration is also added around the age of 10 years, depending on the child. Some of … Continue reading A 16 Year Old’s Written Narration Samples

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

Feed Them on Things Worth Caring For

If you are familiar at all with the writings of the 19th Century educator, Charlotte Mason, you will know that one of her signature ways of illustrating a liberal education is to compare it to that of a feast that is spread before the child. As educators we are responsible for choosing the food for … Continue reading Feed Them on Things Worth Caring For

To Sir With Love by E.R. Braithwaite (1959) Non-fiction

    Edward Ricardo Braithwaite was born in 1920 in the former British Colony of Guiana (now independent Guyana.) Both his parents were middle-class Caribbean intellectuals and were educated at Oxford. Braithwaite attended an elite school in British Guiana and then studied engineering in New York. In 1939 he went to England for post-graduate study … Continue reading To Sir With Love by E.R. Braithwaite (1959) Non-fiction

Character, Disposition and the Formation of Habits

Reading through Charlotte Mason’s second volume, Parents and Children, I was jolted by some ideas that weren’t new to me, but came as a bit of an epiphany this time around.Even of you are only barely familiar with Charlotte Mason (CM) and her educational ideas, you probably know that habit formation is a cornerstone of … Continue reading Character, Disposition and the Formation of Habits

Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason Education – Year 6

  Moon Jelly Aurelia aurita - common ocean animal often washed up on beaches. There's a video about them here.       Science Notebook    This year Moozle has recorded experiments from some of her science books e.g. Archimedes and the Door of Science; The Sea Around Us; The Elements and The Mystery of … Continue reading Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason Education – Year 6