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An Ode to Miss Charlotte Mason

I found this recently while browsing through an older notebook of mine.  Thought I’d share it with you all.  Not my greatest writing, but definitely heartfelt.


charlotte masonAn Ode to Miss Charlotte M. Mason

Charlotte.  May I call you Charlotte?
Is it appropriate
to be so familiar
with someone so profound?

You are not my friend.
You are my hero.
My mentor.
My inspiration.

You voice continues, even now, to speak
for the children’s sake,
for the future’s sake,
for Heaven’s sake.

~Debi


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Charlotte Mason-related Workshops

A Twaddle-Free EducationAnyone out there looking for a Charlotte Mason speaker for your homeschooling conference or convention? Now that I’m finished with Grad school, I have the time to be involved in speaking again.

So far this year, I’ve been a Featured Speaker at the Washington Homeschool Organization’s large convention (four featured workshops) and I also presented an introductory CM workshop at the Oregon Home Educator Network (OHEN) conference in the Portland area.

Now’s the time to begin looking ahead to the upcoming school year and to get started on next year’s convention planning.

I’m also willing to do an all-day Charlotte Mason presentation for your support group or organization. Looking forward to seeing if we can match my expertise with your group’s needs this year. 🙂

For more info, go to:

https://charlottemasonhome.com/about/workshops-and-consulting/

~Debi

Charlotte Mason eMagazine – Late February 2016


charlotte mason portrait (2)The following are excerpts from the latest issue of the Charlotte Mason eMagazine. Be sure to visit the magazine’s website and sign up for email notifications so you’ll never miss an issue! Subscribe here:


A Charlotte Mason Education in High School

“I ran across this wonderful quote recently while rereading Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s For the Children’s Sake: ‘Also, it would be wrong not to equip our children with ‘passports’ to our society. Th…”


A Field Trip ~ Exploring Nature With Children

“Firstly, I apologise for the misleading nature of the title of the post! If you are following along with Exploring Nature With Children, you will know that this week is field trip week. We are quit…”


Nature Study On Periscope With Leah Boden

 “I am really excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Charlotte Mason method of nature study. My lovely friend Leah will be doing a live periscope event tomorrow…”


Keeping a Nature Journal

“Nature journaling is an immensely rewarding pursuit for both parent and child. In Charlotte Mason’s own words: Consider, too, what an unequaled mental training the child-naturalist is getting for …”


The Beauty Of Earth And Heavens

The Beauty Of Earth And Heavens – Posted on February 20, 2016 by raisinglittleshoots – “They must be let alone, left to themselves a great deal, to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heave…”


University of Derby: Children in Touch With Nature Do Better on Tests

University of Derby: Children in Touch With Nature Do Better on Tests Derby Telegraph – February 26, 2016 | By Zena Hawley | In the News “CHILDREN who are in touch with nature achieve better results…”


The Nativity (excerpt from Charlotte Mason’s poetry on the life of Christ)


Excerpted from The Holy Infancy (The Saviour of the World – Vol. 1)
by Charlotte M. Mason
Part of an epic six volume set of poetry on the life of Christ.


THE NATIVITY

mengs nativity scene

Nativity Scene by Anton Raphael Mengs, 18th Century oil on canvas

IT came to pass, there went out a decree
From Caesar Augustus to enroll the world:
Each one to his own place, the people went.

And Joseph, too, went out of Nazareth,
City of Galilee, to Bethlehem,
King David’s city in Judæa, for he

Of David’s lineage was; and took with him
Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child
For her, they journeyed slow; and when they reached

Bethlehem, behold, the Khan was full of folk
Who all had come to register their names
And groups sate here and there, and talked and ate.

Now, Mary’s hour was come, and she was full
Of anguish, with no place to house her in;
So Joseph, anxious, brought her to the byre

Wherein the travelers’ beasts were housed, and there
Found room for her: and, lo, the beasts were still
Nor gave annoy, what time he, careful, made

What poor provision for his wife he might:
Cold was the night and still, when, thus alone,
The mother bare the Son; and none did see
The brightness of His Rising, save the two.

In swathing bands, she in a manger laid,
For shelter from the cold, the princely Child:
Nor knew that there she laid the BREAD OF LIFE
Where ass and oxen for their fodder came.

Not, from His infant birth, the Son of Man
Had where to lay His head in this His world,
But shared the common place the cattle used.

Bless’d Virgin, who didst bear the WORLD’S DELIGHT!
Bless’d Joseph, who first saw the wondrous sight!
Good byre, which sheltered Him from rude affright!
Kind cattle, graced above all beasts that night!

“I was an outcast from my mother’s womb.”
“While yet I hanged upon my mother’s breasts,
Thou wast my hope.”
“There was no room for them in the inn.”


by Charlotte Mason
from “The Holy Infancy“
The Saviour of the World – Volume One

A Twaddle-Free Education

51BlGAcUHnLA Twaddle-free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas

Author: Deborah Taylor-Hough
Released: April 23rd, 2015
Paperback: 148 pages
ISBN-10: 0692431284
ISBN-13: 978-0692431283
Publisher: Simple Pleasures Press
List Price: $11.99  Reduced! $6.99

To order your copy of A Twaddle-Free Education via Amazon.com, simply click on the book cover’s image or click here.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Are you disappointed with dumbed-down reading material (“twaddle”) written for children? Do you wish for your children to feast their hearts and minds on noble ideas, fine art, and great literature? Are you hoping your children gain an appreciation of nature and a deep understanding of natural sciences? Most importantly, do you want your children to develop a lifetime love of learning? If you answered “yes,” you may discover a Charlotte Mason-inspired twaddle-free education is just what you’ve been looking for.

Charlotte Mason was British educator from the last century whose ideas are currently experiencing a renewal among home schools and private schools throughout the world.  This book is one mother’s experiences and thoughts on applying a Charlotte Mason-style education in a modern American home school setting.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In the mid-1990’s, Deborah Taylor-Hough set up one of the first Charlotte Mason homeschooling websites and edited The Charlotte Mason Monthly newsletter. Debi currently edits The Charlotte Mason eMagazine and blogs at CharlotteMasonHome.com


CONTENTS INCLUDE:

  • My Introduction to Charlotte Mason
  • Charlotte Mason in a Nutshell
  • Narration Tips
  • Natural Nature Learning
  • Homeschooling with a Rock Bottom Budget (excerpt)
  • Scheduling a Charlotte Mason-style Homeschooling Day
  • Twaddle-Free Literature by Grade Level
  • Frugal Family Field Trips
  • Twaddle-Free Holidays
  • Interview with the Author
  • Are All Homeschooling Methods Created Equal?

… and more!


WHAT READERS ARE SAYING

  • “This was my first Charlotte Mason read and I found it so practical and refreshing. It’s filled with simple explanations and ideas of how to implement a CM approach to your homeschool. I will definitely include this on my list of recommended resources for moms interested in exploring CM homeschooling.” – Mama Rhody
  • “I am enjoying this book. My child is a little older so this is more for younger children. Wish I had started homeschooling earlier!” – Victoria M.
  • “I just started homeschooling last year. Out of all the styles out there Charlotte Mason’s methods looked like the best fit for my family. I have spent quite a bit of time reading over The Original Homeschool Series books, and this book is a lot easier to read and is full of great ideas. Thank you so much Deborah.” – Erin
  • “When I began my journey into homeschooling, I researched many methods, but kept coming back to Charlotte Mason’s ideas. They really resonate with me and my personal beliefs and are a good fit for our family school. The writing style of this book is easy to read, and there are many references to Charlotte’s extensive writings. I always appreciate reading about other homeschooling moms’ experiences; it helps me to stay on track and keep a long term perspective. I look forward to finishing this book, and will definitely recommend it to others who are curious about The CM method and how to implement it in their own family schools.” – Gina E.

A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas by Deborah Taylor-Hough is available in both paperback and Kindle ebook formats.

If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app at Amazon to use to read Kindle books on your personal computer, tablet, or smart phone.  If you purchase a paperback edition of the book from Amazon, you’ll be eligible for a free Kindle version, as well. 2-for-1!

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