Charlotte Mason day! For those that are new readers, Friday is my day to make a blog entry on something that interests me from my reading in Charlotte Mason‘s books on education. If you are interested in knowing more about how to implement her ideas in your homeschool you can check out Ambleside Online.
Once again, volume 3 chapter 8.…I promise the last post on this chapter. (There are lots more points to talk about but I will move on.)
“The carpenter, the gardener, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker are all fascinating people.”
Think of all the people your children comes into contact with every week. Who interests them the most? I have observed in my boys that they are most interested in people who have jobs that actually *do* things. The telephone guy up on the pole, the man digging a hole with a backhoe, the man filling the propane tank, and the lady at the dry cleaners doing all sorts of interesting things in the backroom. They talk to the librarian, the clerk at the grocery, our mail carrier, the UPS guy, and the lady at Jamba Juice. They talk the ear off our family doctor, the lady at the lab where they have blood drawn, and they tell jokes to the dentist.
All of these people in our lives take the time to share themselves with the boys because they take an interest. My boys have learned that if they ask questions in a respectful way, most people are happy to answer. Charlotte Mason had it right, “If we accept that the priority of education should be establishing relationships, then the relationships between our fellow human beings should be the most important ones to establish.” pg. 85
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