3 Components of Classical Education That Won’t Show Up on a Transcript

A book review of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass. I loved Karen Glass’ book, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition. It truly is the bridge into classical principles for those not ready to undertake Norms and Nobility or Poetic Knowledge. Those are daunting, heady books that will take most of us to the limits of our brain power, especially since our energies are and must be spread around to keep life humming … Read More

Why Are Classical Education Principles Important?

I like to talk about education philosophy and principles much more than methods, though I do have a soft spot for practical tips. However, unless we are grounded in our principles, we will be tossed to and fro by all the practical tips out there. Every practical tip is born from underlying principles, and if the philosophy behind the practical tip you’re trying doesn’t match your own philosophy (because you have one, whether you’ve thought it through and acknowledged it … Read More

My Favorite Homeschooling Books

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As of 2014 Our full month of homeschooling lists is nearing an end. I can hardly believe it. I’m joining up with The Nester’s 31 Days series and sharing 31 homeschool lists with you! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details: I’ve got a list and I’m sharing it. Homeschooling Lists Galore Index: Get Organized with Homeschool Lists Previous: Essential Pantry List for Simple Meals Next: Student Checklists Just as I decided to make the tough … Read More

Habits: The Secret for Smooth and Easy Days?

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Who doesn’t want a life that is smooth and easy? Years ago, when I had only quite small children and I had immersed myself in books on educational theory, I latched onto an oft-quoted bit of wisdom from Charlotte Mason: The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days. She’s right, of course, but also wrong. #099: Do habits make life easy? I copied this quote out I don’t know … Read More

Planning with the Scholé Sisters: Three Secrets about Schedules

Does the word schedule make you break out in hives? Do you picture yourself harried and deflated at the end of a day on a schedule? Maybe for you, like me, that’s a vivid memory, not a theoretical picture. There’s a lot of visceral reaction against schedules in the homeschool world, and I totally get why. I mean, can I schedule diaper blowouts and my doorbell ringing and the toddler pulling an open bag of powdered sugar onto herself? Where … Read More

The Living Page: Living a Liturgy

I recently finished Laurie Bestvater’s The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, and I loved it. I bought it based on Brandy’s reviews, and I’m glad I made the leap-of-faith, even though I am only a Charlotte Mason admirer and not a strict adherer. I think this book, with the history behind commonplace books and Mason’s implementation of it, demonstrates more clearly than ever that Charlotte Mason was not an innovator, but was making methods and practices based soundly … Read More

Classically Charlotte: Children are born persons

So Brandy of Afterthoughts is leading a study of Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles of Education at the Ambleside Online forum, and even though I don’t use Ambleside, I very much respect and admire Miss Mason’s principles. So, I thought I’d follow their discussion and also work out here how her principles align with classical categories. Principle of Education #1: Children are born persons. Children are born as image-bearers of God, yet also subject to sin. They are not blank slates. … Read More

Miss Charlotte Mason, classical educator

This post was first published in 2013; find more, related articles at the end of this post. Given the definition of classical education we developed previously – that classical education is a set of principles that focuses on developing a love of truth, goodness, and beauty – I then give you this, from Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy of Education: One sentence, and that’s the real crux of it. What is the point of our studies? It is not to get into … Read More

Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work

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This series was inspired by my reading of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards Motivating without Stickers: Intrinsic Motivation Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Mastery in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Purpose in [Home] School and [House] Work What is Autonomy? autonomy, (aw-ton-uh-mee) n. independence or freedom, as of the will or … Read More

How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards

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As I reviewed on Friday, In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink argues that motivation and satisfaction center on having these three operators in our lives: Autonomy: the ability to have at least some self-direction. Mastery: the ability to improve ourselves in a field or skill. Purpose: the ability to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. It turns out that even science is now demonstrating that people are not purely economically motivated, yet as Pink puts … Read More

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