For the Family’s Sake: Ch 14 – the end

The Quilting Bee by Grandma Moses (1940-1950) I hope those of you who have been reading For the Family’s Sake either for the first time or like me, re-reading it, have found it worthwhile. Feel free to add any thoughts on any of the chapters. Thanks to those of you who have commented here or … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 14 – the end

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 13

Breakfast in the Open by Carl Larsson, 1913 Homes and Life in Community - to understand the need for community we need to get our perspective right by looking at the big picture. Where does my life fit in? Then how do we all fit together as human beings? We were built for community and … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 13

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 12

Children in a Garden by Mary Cassatt (1878) Early Days, Vital Days…What exactly do children need? If you’re familiar with Charlotte Mason’s writing, you’ll know that she believed that the first few years of life are very important and that children need a “quiet growing time.” She didn’t begin formal lessons until the child was six … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 12

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 9

When the Children Have Gone to Bed by Carl Larsson, c. 1895 Of Beds, Balance, and Books There are some good ideas for family routines in this chapter especially regarding bedtimes, reading aloud, and relationships within the home that have worked for many families. I agree with the author that its’s very important to find … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 9

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 8

The Infrastructure of Routine The main thrust of this chapter is that the home life of anyone, whether they have children or not, needs a regular pattern of life. I read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder aloud to my children when they were little and remember that Ma did specific things on … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 8

Reading, Thinking, & Domesticity #6

It's been a while since I've written one of these posts. I always find it difficult to come up with a title unless I'm writing an obvious 'book review' as I like to go off on tangents. So 'Reading, Thinking, & Domesticity' it is as it is a bit of everything. I've been listening to … Continue reading Reading, Thinking, & Domesticity #6

A Charlotte Mason Education: the ‘extras’ that sometimes get left out in high school

The week before last I had a phone call from the Symphony Manager of the orchestra my daughter is a part of. Her son and two friends had entered an Eisteddfod competition and the cellist had just pulled out due to sickness. She asked if Miss 17 could play in his place - the only … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Education: the ‘extras’ that sometimes get left out in high school

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

‘Taking Time and Care to Create the Home’s Atmosphere.’ This chapter starts off with the wisdom of the biblical directive found in the Old Testament which says that a young husband could not be drafted into the army in the first year of his marriage. The establishment of the home and the newlyweds relationship with … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason: Some Thoughts on the Will

I’m re-reading Charlotte Mason’s fourth volume, Ourselves, this time with my online book buddies. Ourselves is subtitled: Improving Character and Conscience, and is divided into Books 1 and 2. The first was designed for children around the age of twelve and the second for those of high school age, but, as many home educators have … Continue reading Ourselves by Charlotte Mason: Some Thoughts on the Will

For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 of For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay explores our need for balance in our lives, that is, freedom within boundaries.An abundant life is necessary for healthy personal growth, an idea I imagine we’d all agree with if we really thought about it, but the path of life has two sides and … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3