I am looking for your favorite Charlotte Mason quotes! I’m making my own homeschool planner and want to have some CM quotes in there for inspiration and to remind me of why I’m doing this crazy thing called homeschooling. Quotes don’t have to be short but they can’t be too long either, just for space purposes. 🙂CrystalNParticipant
“Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.”
”The question not – how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education – but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”
Crystal’s 2nd quote above is my favorite, though there are many others which I will try to remember to post later.
Not sure if this link will get my post caught in a spam trap, but I wanted to share a print that I ordered and have up in our school room, a beautiful depiction of the quote. I am not affiliated with this artist, just love her work and thought someone else might enjoy having this print:
Thank you, Crystal and Alphabetika!! I love those quotes and that watercolor print is beautiful!
I love this one, though I’m not always great at implementing it:
“Let children alone… the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions – a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose.”― Charlotte Mason
And this one has helped me greatly in feeling contented with a simpler education with lots of reading aloud and discussing whatever comes up as we read:
“Give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information.”
This one is on the wall of our schoolroom, with this print:
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.”totheskydearParticipant
This one appeals to my lazy side… 😉 oh, to have 3 hours of uninterrupted time in my bed!
“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents. The mother would be able to hold herself in ‘wise passiveness,’ and would not fret her children by continual interference, even of hand or eye––she would let them be.”
Thank you, ladies! These are all lovely quotes. I will definitely be using some of your suggestions!
totheskydear- I probably need to put that one up on a wall or mirror or something. My husband says things like that to me all the time and I’m so bad at heeding that advice.
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