Category Archives: Catherine Levison

The Power of Habit

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by Catherine Levison

We all want to raise polite and loving children who aren’t causing our lives or home schools to be in a constant state of friction. Both adults and children tend to be creatures of habit and there is no end to the problems (or, better yet, lack of them) that arise from habit.

It’s a good thing that much of our daily activities are habitual, for example, people operate cars through the power of habit. What would it be like to have to think about the turn signal, foot brake, steering wheel and two mirrors every time we made a turn? What does this have to do with raising children and education? Everything. Much of what we do, and how we do it, is controlled by habit. Continue reading

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Nature Study for City Dwellers

by Catherine Levison
Guest Contributor

Even in the city, children should get their knowledge of nature first hand and get into the habit of being in touch with nature. Here are some simple nature/science ideas for city (and rural) families to share together:

 1) Press and mount flowers on cardboard. Write the names of the flowers, and where and when you found them. I recently saw a photo-album used to store pressed flowers. Having a field guide to identify flowers and flowering trees is very helpful. Continue reading

Q&A: Book of the Centuries

QUESTION:

“I’ve heard great things about keeping a Century Book. Will you please explain how to make and use one?”


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Defining Twaddle

by Catherine Levison

Because Charlotte Mason strongly recommended the avoidance of twaddle, parents are often concerned about what it is and how they can successfully avoid it in the context of education. Continue reading

Coping Strategies

Catherine Levison, author and speaker, shares some of her favorite tips for coping with the daily challenges of home education.


One Possible Cure for “Super-Mom Syndrome”

When motherhood or home schooling is getting you down, stop and simplify. So often when we have a problem, we try to attack it with a monumental overhaul of the entire situation. Charlotte Mason taught quite a bit on the formation of good habits, and her emphasis was on implementing only one new habit or idea at a time. Continue reading