Charlotte Mason increased the feast both in variety of lessons and length of lessons as the children grew, but how does one teacher with multiple students in multiple grades manage? This episode explores many of the possibilities for combining children of different levels. Creative structuring and a knowledge of what each needs is key, and there are lots of options at every stage for sharing lessons.
Another season of Charlotte Mason episodes is around the corner. Want to know what series we will be doing, what new projects we have to offer, and what to expect? Emily, Nicole, and Liz give some sneak previews.
This Charlotte Mason podcast episode addresses three short topics: the lists of attainments for six and 12-year-olds, what age is right to start school, and memorization. Liz, Emily, and Nicole each tackle one of these and gives you the short and simple advice from Charlotte Mason.
In Charlotte Mason's book addressed to students, she wrote them a chapter on vocation. This episode concludes our series on the first book of Ourselves and is an informal chat about our calling in general, our children's callings in particular, and some of the ways we can encourage them to follow theirs.
Instead of focusing on the principles and feast of curriculum subjects for the teacher, this episode speaks directly to the students who are beginning their Charlotte Mason education. Maybe you have never experienced school at home, but even if you have, this new way of doing school is going to be different than any other school experience you have had. Since this education expects you to do the work of your own education, we thought it only fair for you to know a thing or two about it.
Charlotte Mason's book for students, Ourselves, is valuable to homeschool parents and all teachers, too. This episode in the series highlighting sections of Ourselves addresses a hot topic in our culture today: justice. Specifically, what do the opinions we hold have to do with doing what is right to others?
From the wisdom of Charlotte Mason for homeschool families, we share a session from the ADE at Home Conference in February 2021: a long Q&A session. Here are dozens of questions of everyday school problems with attitudes and behavior, habit training, and lots and lots of discussion on scheduling and planning from the multitudinous questions we received that day.
This episode on the series covering Charlotte Mason's volume Ourselves addresses one aspect of the portion of "The House of Heart," namely, loyalty. What do love and loyalty have to do with one another? How does awareness of loyalty affect our life? Emily, Nicole, and Liz discuss this topic, relevant for our students as well as their teachers.
For those who try to wrap their mind about the enormous feast Charlotte Mason offered in her curriculum, today's episode is a treasure. Emily, Nicole, and Liz read for you a hundred-year-old article that was once presented for the very purpose of giving interested educators an overview of this educational model. Enjoy listening and reading it yourself, then explore valuable links to guide you into more valuable nuggets.
What do beauty and homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way have to do with one another? This free-form conversation discusses the inborn need to appreciate beauty in everyone, its development, its false counterparts, and how the feast develops this aesthetic sense in children.
A keynote of a Charlotte Mason education is the nature walk. Would you believe we have never had an episode dedicated solely to this topic? By way of apology for the delay, this episode covers all things nature walk--where, when, how, what preparations, destinations, options for families or groups of families. Spring has sprung, and this episode should inspire you whether you are a beginner or an old hand at nature rambles and hikes.
Charlotte Mason addresses concerns about our body in Ourselves and this week's lively discussion focuses on the body's need for rest. Not just our students, but homeschool teachers also need rest. We hope this episode will energize you to consider how to work true rest into your life.
A Charlotte Mason education included the best novels the world had to offer. This episode is a lively discussion of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley, a book Miss Mason referred to in all of her six volumes and one of the first English historical novels. To read it is to understand more about Miss Mason, and ourselves.
Charlotte Mason homeschoolers know that the curriculum feeds the whole person. Miss Mason tackled helping young persons to understand themselves and their place in the world through one of her volumes, Ourselves, to widen their understanding of themselves and the world they live in. This episode gives an overview of the purpose and plan for this book in the feast and is the first of the season 6 podcast series covering topics from Self-Knowledge, the first book of Ourselves.
Charlotte Mason developed her educational method upon underlying philosophical principles, but many of those influences popular in her day are unknown to today's homeschooling teachers. This episode unpacks three prominent figures who were giants in education then, discussed in Miss Mason's Home Education series, and attempts to distill their contributions, and to compare and contrast them to the ideas Miss Mason rejected or accepted.
Of supreme importance to homeschool and other educators is knowing who Charlotte Mason called "The Supreme Educator of all mankind"--the Holy Spirit. This podcast episode discusses the implications of her capstone point in the synopsis, the role of the Holy Spirit in education.
This Christmas Day episode is a discussion of Bible reading, a subject found in Charlotte Mason's programs, but was for the child's personal Bible reading. Emily, Liz, and Nicole discuss why this is an important habit for our children and how we can encourage our children in their own Bible reading.
For every homeschool teacher, Charlotte Mason's wisdom on the child's personality is invaluable. This next installment of the synopsis, points 16-19, covers these two aspects, aspects the teacher has an obligation to understand and instruct their children in.
Homeschool parents recognize that there is more to education than academic subjects. Charlotte Mason was careful to ground the teacher's understanding in the moral responsibility of training children. This episode addresses moral development in the child and how to foster it through authority, habits, and the living ideas children are served in the curriculum.
Charlotte Mason's short synopsis of the main points of her educational method is useful to homeschool and classroom teachers. This episode continues through this "synopsis," moving beyond philosophical foundations to determining the curriculum and how implementing it is best accomplished.
Charlotte Mason's training college was unique, but it was not all study and offers some scope for imagination to today's homeschool families implementing her method. This episode discusses the Scale How evenings that were part of the community life of her college to offer information and inspiration for how such social gatherings could round out a delightful education.
Charlotte Mason distilled her philosophy into some succinctly stated principles, and the homeschool or classroom teacher does well to underpin their efforts by considering the philosophy that drives the teaching. Today's episode addresses principles 9-12, the specifics of what we believe about the mind, how it learns, and what the teacher must not do to impose on the natural development of a child in acquiring knowledge.
Homeschool teachers must consider many aspects of education beyond the books and pencils, especially with the Charlotte Mason method. This "shorts" episode includes three widely dispersed topics: the role of the "State," sensations and feelings, and mottos.
Whether you homeschool, or wherever you teach with Charlotte Mason's method, a working knowledge of her synopsis is essential. This second installment addresses the three instruments of education covered in points 5-8. Questions for your discussion group are included to help facilitate your conversation and application.
Charlotte Mason summed up her underpinning principles of education in a few succinct points. This episode is the first in a series that will take a related group of principles and unfold them one by one. Find a friend or share with your study group to discuss the questions after listening to the content and thinking through the accompanying questions.