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Right Ideas at the Right Time: CM Education

Charlotte Mason Right Ideas at the Right Time @harmonyfinearts
I have come to enjoy my weekly reading in Charlotte Mason’s writings. I print out the chapter from the book and then sit snuggled up with my pen in hand….gleaning some fresh ideas for my homeschooling and family life. This week we are reading chapter 6 in volume 3 and it is titled, “Examining Some Educational Theories”. How boring of a title is that? I sort of thought this would be a chapter that I just skimmed through and moved on but I found some gems as always.

Here is her definition of education and a little explanation:
“We think of education as the art of making relationships, or, to be more clear, we think of education as the consideration of which relationship are appropriate for human beings and how those relationships can best be established. Humans come into the world with the capacity to make lots of different relationships. We as teachers have two concerns. First, we need to facilitate this by exposing children to the right ideas at the right time, and making sure that children have good habits that will allow them to make the most of their exposure to these ideas. And second, we need to stay out of the way so that our interference doesn’t prevent the very relationships we want them to form.” Volume 3 page 65-66

The three things that I highlighted in the quote are the points that I am going to take away from this chapter. Exposing our children to the right ideas at the right time, instilling good habits, and then staying out of the way so they can make the relationships on their own are the basis of a good educational philosophy. I think that homeschooling moms sometimes want to “teach” their children what they think they should know when we really are just the director setting the stage for a wonderful scene to take place. Our children need to make connections and relationships with the material they are studying.

You may be interested in reading this post: Building Good Habits in High School

Authority and Habits ala Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason Homeschool Authority and Habits @harmonyfinearts

I can not resist another Charlotte Mason post this week, I am so enjoying reading and thinking about her ideas. This week’s chapter, chapter 3, is on authority in the home and in your school. I highly recommend reading this chapter which you can do online translated into modern English. Volume 3 in modern English

Here are my favorite quotes from this week’s readings (in the translated modern English format)

“If a parent seems to doubt that the child will obey, then there’s room for the child to hesitate, ‘Should I do it, yes or no?’ If you don’t even appear to question the possibility that he might not comply, he’ll feel that a trust has been committed to him, and he’ll keep it.” Vol. 3 page 15

So as part of our authority in the home, it is our responsibility to *expect* our children to obey us. We should appear as if there is no question that we have the authority and the ability to have them obey us. Doesn’t this make it seem simple? Maybe it is. Eph 6:1

“The man who has the power to make himself do what his mind wills can achieve anything. It’s up to parents to give their children this kind of power by making it a matter of habit.” Vol. 3 page 20

Amen! I am so on board with this thinking. Good habits are hard to break so if we teach our children from the start to do their best job at everything they put their hands to, they will be able to achieve so much in life. We must teach them that good habits and perseverance are what make us successful, especially in God’s eyes. Col 3:23

“We hardly need to add that authority is just and faithful when it comes to keeping promises. It’s also considerate, which is why a good mother makes the best Ruler in a home–she’s in touch with her children, knows their unspoken ambitions and understands their half-formed dreams. If she can’t give in, she tries to divert and redirect. She never rules by crushing with a sledge-hammer–a tool of power that children somehow never sympathize with.”

Oh yes, children can see that when we start with the heavy handedness we have lost all control. As homeschooling moms we have the unique position to know our children so intimately that we rarely give in to this thinking. We can redirect bad behavior, we can inspire them in their dreams, and we can keep our promises. Eph. 6:4

So enough for this week. I am inspired by this chapter to keep my authority and that of my husband in it’s proper place. This contributes to a happier and more successful family.



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