Through twice monthly conversations, three moms who have studied the Charlotte Mason method of education and put her ideas into practice in their homes join together to share with one another for the benefit of listeners by giving explanations of Mason's principles and examples of those principles put into practice out of their own teaching experience. These short discussions aim at providing information, support, and encouragement for others by unfolding the myriad aspects.
This Charlotte Mason education podcast episode explores our responsibilities in teaching. If we have agreed to take on homeschooling as our work, what are the attitudes and practices that will make us good at our job?
Hello! Appreciate your podcast. I’ve been attempting a CM education for 7 years, we started off more conservative when it comes to technology but my son is 12 going on 13 and we are struggling with the electronics. We’d like to and have tried to make it disappear but with peers (ever homeschooled ones) getting to use them it is causing our son to be bitter with us. He feels angry that we (I as his teacher) made him do things like nature study or poetry (“baby stuff” he says cause no one else does it. I’ve made him weird) but don’t except that he doesn’t want to be into that stuff and won’t let him do what he wants to, video games. My 9 year old daughter is the opposite and loves to do all the CM subjects, plays imaginatively and doesn’t despise her education. So at the moment if he completes his four hours of school he my use his free time to play for 2hours then he goes to a parkour gym for 2 hours. The son we had two years ago (the same one) seem to have hit puberty hard and it’s been all we can do just to keep some form of peace in our home. I don’t want to provoke him-but of course I want to make all the electronics disappear but I’m afraid of his resentment of alienating him fro peers (even good ones). Ideas?:)
four and a half years ago
Thank you for this! It really put things into perspective for me. This is our first year homeschooling and we are coming from public education. So this is ALL so new to me and have found the transition very challenging. I listened to this today while I was washing dishes :) I love to think that our school time is sacred time and will try harder to make it so. In general your blog has been soooo helpful thank you all for all that you do.