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

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

Finding the Balance: Nourishing Spirit, Soul & Body

We've recently been looking at the paintings of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and this week's picture study has been on this painting below, 'Fortitude.' When we nourish something, we strengthen or fortify it. Fortitude is the steadiness of mind and soul that helps us to choose the right in the face of danger or opposition. It … Continue reading Finding the Balance: Nourishing Spirit, Soul & Body

Teaching Truth to Our Children

Truth is never violent, and there may be many clamorous ones at hand to drown her voice. It rests with us to choose whom we shall hear.  Ourselves by Charlotte Mason     I'm continuing with our slow reading of Charlotte Mason's Volume 4 and we just read the chapter on Truth: Justice in Word where … Continue reading Teaching Truth to Our Children

Culture of Character

I've been slowly reading through Charlotte Mason's book, Formation of Character, for about a year now. Despite the fact that this book was written over a hundred years ago, her thoughts on the development and nurturing of children, and the shaping of their personalities, are timeless, practical and wise.     '...many a peevish, jealous, … Continue reading Culture of Character

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason

  I'd read part of this book aloud last year, despite the moans and groans that the appearance of the book seemed to produce. I'd put it aside for awhile and a few weeks ago I started reading it aloud again from where we'd left off previously. This time the audience was more receptive; perhaps … Continue reading Ourselves by Charlotte Mason