I started this series of Friday articles on Charlotte Mason’s Vol. 3 School Education because I thought it would be *nice* to read and to share with you my thoughts on what she wrote. I know many of you are very busy home schooling moms who don’t have much time to read Charlotte Mason yourselves so my sharing with you what I learned would be a way to “spread the word”. Well, let’s just say I am getting more than I bargained for. I thought I would read each chapter, just a few pages each week, and then take a few minutes to write up a comment for the blog. Sounds good, huh?
This commitment to reading a chapter a week has been such a positive, up-building experience for me, I have gained much more than I have given. Charlotte Mason speaks to my heart and my mind in her writings. She lays it all out and makes you realize that this thing that we call “education” is really very simple. Man has made “education” complicated and it doesn’t need to be that way.
Chapter 8, titled Certain Relationships That are Proper for Children, has blown me away. I don’t think I can stuff into one blog entry all the treasures of this chapter. I am going to take it a bit slower than normal and just cover the first page of the chapter this week. Yes, the first page! You should see my copy of this chapter, with it’s underlining, stars, arrows, and highlighting.
Here are my thoughts on the first page, page 79-80.
First a quote:
“Geology, mineralogy, physical geography, botany, nature, biology, astronomy–the entire realm of science is like a beautiful fenced green field and we need to bring the child to the gate and leave it open for him. He doesn’t need a thorough collection of facts. He needs what Huxley calls ‘common information’ so that he’ll feel some connection with things on the earth and in the heavens.”
This would have been my dream world as a child. To have my parents just open a gate for me to explore the world in a meaningful way, would have been the greatest delight for me. Offering experiences in this way would be a way of reaching our children with real, relevant things; things that inhabit their own worlds where ever they live and at whatever time in history they are. I am going to work harder at opening the gates wide and letting my boys experience what is in their world to delight them. I am also going to work harder at helping them make connections between what we are learning and their own lives. Science done in the Charlotte Mason way brings deeper meaning and relationships and “He’ll feel as interested as if he owned it all…”
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