An Elegy for a Lost Generation

During the month of April I'm taking part in a Poetry Celebration (see link on the right). I recently started reading Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, a WW1 memoir, described as 'A haunting elegy for a lost generation.' and decided to read some World War 1 poetry for the challenge. Vera Brittain had become … Continue reading An Elegy for a Lost Generation

Poetry as a Means of Intellectual Culture – Furnishing the Mind

  'Poetry takes first rank as a means of intellectual culture. Goethe tells us that we ought to see a good picture, hear good music, and read some good poetry every day.   ...fine poetry need not be understood to be enjoyed. ...the youth who carries about with him such melodious cadences will not readily … Continue reading Poetry as a Means of Intellectual Culture – Furnishing the Mind

Ambleside Online Year 7 – Creative Narrations using Alliteration

Many children write verse as readily as prose, and the conciseness and power of bringing their subject matter to a point which this form of composition requires affords valuable mental training. One thing must be borne in mind. Exercises in scansion are as necessary in English as in Latin verse. Rhythm and accent on the … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 – Creative Narrations using Alliteration

Poetry Selections for Memory work, Appreciation, Inspiration & Fun

A well-worn list of poems we've enjoyed over many years. Some have been memorized, some can be recalled with a bit of prompting and some have been the opening of a door for a holy moment. Some of the links are to the the words of the poems others are to versions set to music … Continue reading Poetry Selections for Memory work, Appreciation, Inspiration & Fun

Christmas Ideas in a Charlotte Mason Education

Bible   This year we are using the Scripture readings from Focus on the Family for Advent. There are also some ideas for Christmas activities and traditions on this website. Advent:  A coming; the coming of our Saviour. From the Latin, adventus, from advenio, of ad and venio, to come. I made this patchwork 'calendar' … Continue reading Christmas Ideas in a Charlotte Mason Education