Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival – Summer Flowers Edition!
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!
Many thanks to Amy for all that she does to make this happen every two weeks – along with homeschooling five on the mission field. If you haven’t done so already, you might consider checking out their ministry blog – especially if you want to see the face of missions in the remote villages along the Amazon! Very exciting, especially if your students have a special interest in missions.
Since I have taken flower pictures during all of our summer escapades, this seemed a good time to share some! Enjoy!
The suggested topics of this edition are Principles 9 and 10 from Volume 6 of Charlotte Mason’s series, Towards a Philosophy of Education – reprinted below from Ambleside Online:
9. We hold that the child’s mind is no mere sac to hold ideas; but is rather, if the figure may be allowed, a spiritual organism, with an appetite for all knowledge. This is its proper diet, with which it is prepared to deal; and which it can digest and assimilate as the body does foodstuffs.
10. Such a doctrine as e.g. the Herbartian, that the mind is a receptacle, lays the stress of education (the preparation of knowledge in enticing morsels duly ordered) upon the teacher. Children taught on this principle are in danger of receiving much teaching with little knowledge; and the teacher’s axiom is,’ what a child learns matters less than how he learns it.”
These principles, particularly, #10, have always reminded me of public school, where it seems children are endlessly lectured and forced to “learn” in one, narrow way with the responsibility placed squarely on the shoulders of the teacher, rather than on the student.
In contrast, as Charlotte Mason educators we know that if we but lay out a feast before our children including living books, frequent opportunity to observe nature, picture and music study, we can rely upon their natural appetite for knowledge to absorb and learn. Especially if we institute the habit of regular oral and written narration.
This truth has been observed repeatedly by our first poster, Barb from The Harmony Art Mom. Barb’s post, Charlotte Mason: Narration or Memorizing for a Test should be encouraging to those of you who are wondering how well Charlotte Mason’s methodology works with high school students.
Continuing this discussion of The Role of Ideas in a Charlotte Mason Education, is Nebby from Letters from Nebby. Her thoughtful post discusses Charlotte Mason’s ideas from Volume 2 of the Charlotte Mason series.
The next post features My O’Keeffe Skull and Roses, by the talented Nadine from her blog, Practical Pages. Nadine happened to come across a cow skull on her farm and was inspired to study the painting of the same subject by artist Georgia O’ Keeffe.
Another post for those of you looking for art inspiration comes to us by Tricia over at Hodgepodge. Her post Henry David Thoreau: To the Woods Chalk Pastel is actually a tutorial with lovely pictures and clear instructions if you would like to try your hand.
On another subject, yet one that is personally dear to my heart, Lanaya reflects on the importance of plenty of family time in her post Your Family: Scattered or Gathered? on her blog Delightful Education. Over the years we have certainly learned the value of PLENTY of together time to keep our family emotionally close. We are thrilled that our children STILL love to be home with us when they can at ages 20 and 23. We are grateful. Thanks for your reminder, Lanaya.
And our last post is from Windy Hill Homeschool: this is Laurke’s Book Review: What Your Second Grader Needs to Know (Part 3). Read her post to see links to parts one and two, as well. I am always surprised at how many viewpoints there are “out there” about what one “should” study at each grade level. I was REALLY surprised when I started homeschooling and realized that there was no standardization across the U.S. in that area! Although interestingly, Napoleon instituted that… ah, a subject for another time!
This has been one of the shorter carnivals…if you would like to send in a post to be included in the next Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival, please do so by sending it to charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com.
The upcoming carnival will be at Jimmie’s Collage on 8/7. Our optional topic of discussion is Principle #11:
But we… give him a full and generous curriculum; taking care only that all knowledge offered him is vital, that is, that facts are not presented without their informing ideas.
Thanks for visiting!