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I’m very new. I actually just learned about Charlotte Mason this summer. I have been learning as much as I can and am reading Vol. 1. I don’t mind reading through any Volume together. Maybe we can read 20 – 30 pages of whichever we choose and then talk about it on Mondays? What do you guys think?
Sounds good to me. Anybody have a preference on which volume to do? I’ve read some of Volume 5 since that’s the one we started with a few months ago as a discussion group– (it just never took flight) and I’ve read most of Volume 1 (but it’s worth reading again to get a fuller understanding)…lovinmommaMember
Thanks Cindie for the heads up! Do you have any idea where is a good place to purchase the volumes?
Julie ~ I got mine from Amazon, which is where I get everything pretty much. You can get them used there for a great price. I actually get about 70 % of my books used from Amazon and they have always arrived in as good or even better condition than described. If you want to read the one off Ambleside Online until you buy your own, it might be nice to compare notes since it’s a modern English version.
How about we give everyone a chance to see this post so those that want to hop in can? There’s a lot of introduction to the first volume, so maybe we can read Part I and check back in on the 14th? That will give people some time to get started. Does that sound okay?lovinmommaMember
Volume 1 Part 1? Is that what you are saying to read?
Yep. I figure it’s the easiest place to start….anyone else up for it?TanyaParticipant
Just a quick side note about Ambleside Online’s versions of the CM volumes. They also have the original writings. You can choose to download either modern or original. I downloaded the original version and have read them that way.
Thanks for following up. I am recovering from a two-week melt down. However, I am more determined not to throw in the towel. I have been home schooling my 7 year old for two years now. Since I discovered Charlotte Mason’s method I am reconsidering whether to stay with the charter school we have been involved with (because of financial benefits) or trust that we can do with out. I have been tempted to send my children to public school while I get more familiar with the method. I am humbled by all I must learn. But I must…for the sake of God, my family and those who surround us keep striving…Warm hugs and kisses to all of you for persevering. Sooooo, yes I would like to begin with you guys on Volume one part 1.WendyParticipant
I’m new to the group. I will try to read volume one, part 1 but I’m a little late. I think I’ll go with the modern translation of her writings so I can read quickly so as to catch up. I would also like to read them in the original style at a later point.
I recently finished participating in a parenting workshop using the book and video series entitled “Parenting is Heart Work”. I gleaned a lot from the reading, video presentation, and workbook. One thing I have really changed (repented of) as a result of the book/workshop and the influence of Charlotte Mason’s writings is in the area of disciplining children. I have been able to go against my tendency to discipline “harshly”. Being harsh poisons discipline and can hurt the relationship between mother and child. Charlotte talks about “diversions” and embraces grace and forgiveness and vision so beautifully in her writings. Protecting the relationship between mother and child is of the upmost importance in home educating. This is something I’ve been focusing on lately. “If I have not love, I am but a resounding gong, etc….”
Love and vision for all of us,
I wanted to share some thoughts I wrote down about Part I. Her quoting from the Gospels has given me peace and conviction at the same time regarding a child’s wealth. Here is one of my favorites: Take heed that ye OFFEND not, DESPISE not, HINDER not, one of these little ones. Wow! The importance of my job as “mom” and educator just stepped up to a whole different level. Also, “they should have the BEST of their mother, her freshest, brightest hours.”
Another thing I have never considered is the importance of being outside. “Air is important as Food” and “Children Walk Every Day at least and Hour,” free perspiration; breakfast, then lessons.
I was an inside child, growing up in air-conditioned Houston, Texas. I was never really outside much. I moved to a farm and had a change in me immediately, but after reading this, the lightbulb went off! My kids not only want to be outside they *need* it.
I would love to hear what you all think!
Yes Cindie! I have been reflecting on the “fresh air” principle as well. I loved what you shared about your upbringing. Also, there is so much to observe and question outside. Not to mention the health benefits of fresh air. My husband is involved in “green buildings” and the new standards are to circulate out door air into indoor spaces. This emphasizes the fact that fresh air is a priority…sometimes more of a priority than doing the dishes, which is what it comes down to sometimes. If I schudule an “outing”, I am so much happier and so are my children. I can also just go outside right away in the morning in our p.j.’s. (We have a privacy fence.) The little ones especially like this.
And yes, “do not hinder”…how might I be hindering my children? What can I change? Lots.
Thanks for sharing. I will be caught up on this assignment and ready for our next one soon. I enjoy the “virtual” fellowship.
Take heed that ye OFFEND not, DESPISE not, HINDER not, one of these little ones- was one of my favorites too. Many times however I feel like I do just that; definitely not intentionally–but the result is the same whether I mean to or not.
Another paragraph that caught my attention was:
“But the educator has to deal with a self-acting, self-developing being, and his business is to guide, and assist in, the production of the latent good in that being, the dissipation of the latent evil, the preparation of the child to take his place in the world at his best, with every capacity for good that is in him developed into a power.”
I don’t know about you guys, but somehow I feel VERY inadequate to fulfill that job description. And if I’m honest, on most days I fail at this. It’s so difficult to retrain your brain from an upbringing that was the complete opposite of the Charlotte Mason methods. Also, when I try to incorporate things like more outside time, the older ones aren’t shy about making me aware that they aren’t interested. I guess that’s where perseverance comes in and hopefully over time they’ll come to appreciate it.
We were also outside this morning reading our read alouds while they bicycled circles around me and squeezing their toes in mud. They talked and talked about it so much afterwards. My oldest also was ready to settle in on Math, Bible, reading and QLL after being outside for an hour after breakfast. It is so pleasant.
My husband and I are trying to use our bicycles as our primary mode of transportation now, just to breath fresh air. They have electric motors, so we can pretty much get anywhere on them.
I do feel inadequate a lot of times to fulfill their amazing potential, but I do know that God gave these particular girls to us and with His help we can help them. I am really needing to work on my habits as well because I have lived completely opposite also. It’s great working together on this.
So how about Part II for Monday the 21st?
I love the virtual fellowship too!
I love all of your comments. I too feel like I am inadequate, but somehow I know God’s hand is in all of this. In a very graceful and loving way God has shown me over and over how inadequate I am, which led me to understand the need to surrender and depend on Him for this task. Just when I fell into despair feeling I lacked the knowledge or vision for my children he sent these volumes my way..I am excited to “familiarize [myself] with the principles of the divine natural laws that will result in divine blessings and success (part 1 pg 41).” I will be praying for all of you for grace and wisdom from above. Part II Monday the 21st sounds good.
I wanted to recommend a blog I recently found of a fellow Mason homeschooling mom. It is for me the best resource for inspiration and practical advice. She is also very open and honest about their daily life and literally show examples of the things we are reading about. I hope you find it helpful. Let me know what you think??? higherupandfurtherin.blogspot.com
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