Intellectual Culture and a Boy's Commonplace Book

I've been encouraging Bengy, who has recently turned 15 years of age, to keep a commonplace book. In Sir Walter Scott's novel, Rob Roy (Ch II), there is an instructive example of how not to go about doing this. Frank Osbaldistone was a young man whose father was a man of business and he required … Continue reading Intellectual Culture and a Boy's Commonplace Book

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