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.
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