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About twenty-five years ago, when I started homeschooling, I didn’t have the Internet. (I’ll pause here for a minute to let that sink in.) . . .
I heard about Charlotte Mason at a state homeschool conference and immediately went looking for any books I could find about her methods. One of the first books that I discovered had a purple cover and a colored portrait of Charlotte on the front. Its title felt comforting and reassuring as I started down this unknown path for my home school; it was called The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola.
Many of you have a copy as well.
A few years later I traveled across a couple of states in order to hear the author at a smaller homeschool conference. My copy of The Charlotte Mason Companion was well worn by then, with lots of yellow highlighting and marginal notes in blue ink.
From the very beginning, Karen Andreola took my hand and gave me a tour of Charlotte’s wonderful methods mixed with lots of practical ideas of how Karen implemented those methods in her home with her own children.
Her love for the Lord, love for her family, and love for Charlotte Mason shone through in her book. And somehow I felt that she also had a loving concern for fellow home-educating moms like me. You can feel that loving concern in her other books too. How many of you have A Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons at Blackberry Inn?
Well, in recent years, I’ve had the privilege of spending time with Karen and experiencing her care for homeschool moms in person. Despite physical challenges, Karen continues to pour herself out to encourage us, to tell us about good books, and to remind us to cultivate ourselves right along with our children. And she does more than just remind us; she models it in her own life and on her blog.
So I was thrilled when she told me that she was writing a new book all about what Karen calls “Mother Culture®.” Recently we took a little time to sit in her lovely parlor and chat about this new book. Now, Karen is a deep thinker and likes time to choose her words thoughtfully and carefully; so in preparation for our conversation, she wrote down some of her thoughts in order to make sure she would be able to communicate them clearly from her heart to yours. Listen to this interview to hear her heart on Mother Culture, an important aspect of homeschooling and living.
Simply Charlotte Mason is pleased to make Karen Andreola’s newest book, Mother Culture, available to you. You will find the principles on its pages invigorating, instructive, and encouraging. Get out your highlighter; this is another Charlotte Mason classic from Karen Andreola’s desk!