The Bonus Features below are related to our book Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook. Compiled into this volume are all the habits Charlotte mentioned in her writings with her thoughts and suggestions for cultivating each one. Be sure to check back here from time to time because we will be adding new and updated resources related to the book as we get them. If you have some resources that you’d like to recommend, let us know!
Brain Activity and Habits
Scientists in Charlotte’s day described the way that the brain works as habits’ making an “impression” or a “rut” in the substance of the brain. They weren’t far off. Today scientists have fine-tuned that description of brain activity as they have discovered that neurons transmit information to various sections of the brain, and those neurons form pathways, many of which are based on repetition. Here are some interesting articles on how habits affect the brain.
- Brain researchers explain why old habits die hard
- Habit Leads to Learning
- Number of Neurons in the Human Brain
Browse or search our CM Bookfinder for suggestions of good books by age level.
This simple yet effective Scripture Memory System is a great tool to help your whole family memorize and review passages along the same lines as Charlotte advocated.
- Music in the Home School—Read this article by Pam Asberry, founder of Asberry School of Music and Charlotte Mason homeschool mom. Click on Articles, then Music in the Home School.
- Sol-fa Method—Read the Wikipedia entry that explains more about the Sol-fa method of singing, which was used in the movie The Sound of Music and featured in the song “Do-Re-Mi.”
- List of Composers—Here is a list of composers to help you get started in surrounding your child with wonderful music. Click on any composer’s name to see corresponding resources in our CM Bookfinder.
Personal Help with Habits
Reading for Instruction
Browse or search our CM Bookfinder for suggestions on good lesson books.
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