Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason: Parts 1 & 2

  The Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason has been one of my slow cooker reads over the past couple of years and I’ve finally finished it! The book contains studies related to character formation in children and consists of four parts plus an appendix. The first two parts took me probably twice as long … Continue reading Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason: Parts 1 & 2

6 Years of Blogging: Then & Now…

Six years ago this month I published my first blog post. I'd always enjoyed writing and had been part of a Charlotte Mason Families Newsletter for a few years where families took turns sending out a newsletter to a whole lot of other families around Australia. (Erin at Seven Little Australians was one of the … Continue reading 6 Years of Blogging: Then & Now…

Boys! Homeschooling Through High School

  When our eldest two were in their mid-teens, I was involved with a Charlotte Mason (CM) email group that had started up with the intent of encouraging families who were using the CM method in their home schools. The question came up about how to know when a student needed to go to school, … Continue reading Boys! Homeschooling Through High School

'Baby' by George MacDonald – celebrating our first grandchild

  This lovely little girl was added to our family five days ago - our eldest daughter & her husband's first child and our first grandchild. I waited four whole days before I could hold her due to my lingering flu. But it was worth the wait!       Baby   Where did you … Continue reading 'Baby' by George MacDonald – celebrating our first grandchild

Education and Life

Something I both love and am frustrated by at times is when 'Education' get sidelined by 'Life.' The past few weeks have been rather crazy and frustrating, because my well-laid plans haven't worked out the way I wanted. 'Life intervened. Enter Charlotte Mason's motto: Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline and a Life   'The … Continue reading Education and Life

Classic Children's Literature Event 2017: My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara (1941)

  My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara has sat unread on our bookshelf for nearly twelve years since I first found it in a secondhand book store and recognised the title as being a Children's Classic, but not knowing much else about it. I decided to read it for the Children's Classic Literature Event this … Continue reading Classic Children's Literature Event 2017: My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara (1941)

Education – an Act of Faith

  'Education, like faith, is the evidence of things not seen...' so Charlotte Mason said.   Educating my own children has been an act of faith in many ways. Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for the fruit of what you're doing to show itself. Education requires discipline, time, energy and perseverance. … Continue reading Education – an Act of Faith

Sanctification in the Commonplace

I wrote the post below three years ago. Later this year my husband and I will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. Sometimes when I think back on our life together, this poem, Uphill, by Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) seems a fitting description of the road we've travelled: Does the road wind up-hill all the way?    Yes, … Continue reading Sanctification in the Commonplace

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

Unconsidered Aspects of Moral Training: School Education by Charlotte Mason

  'We too are under authority and there are limitations to parental authority.'  School Education by Charlotte Mason     The limitations to the parental authority we exercise over our children in the area of moral training become more evident as our children mature. When our children are little we have broad overarching responsibilities which … Continue reading Unconsidered Aspects of Moral Training: School Education by Charlotte Mason