A Study of Charlotte Mason's Books

What does the study of an educator's book list reveal to us? What can be learned about her teaching methods from these choices? Through her 6 volume Home Education series as well as from articles from the Parents' Review magazine, Charlotte Mason has given us much information about her teaching ideas and methods. But yet there still remains some mystery surrounding the practical, step-by-step application of them. Numerous questions arise ranging from the specifics of writing instruction to the role of textbooks in her curriculum. Why was there an emphasis on living books, but yet textbooks were still included? Because of this ambiguity, it is helpful to study her book choices more closely. A

History With Dorothy Mills

Now imagination does not descend, full grown, to take possession of an empty house; like every other power of the mind, it is the merest germ of a power to begin with, and grows by what it gets; and childhood, the age of faith, is the time for its nourishing. The children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times––a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story books. Their lessons, too, history and geography, should cultivate their conceptive powers. If the child do not live in the times of his history lesson, be not at home in the climes of his geography book describes, why, these lessons will fail of their pu

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