Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

You Are Invited to Join My Book Club!

on November 16, 2012

My Little Request

Can you believe Thanksgiving is upon us already?? Which means Christmas and all the ensuing festivities are just around the corner!? I know you are feeling like you have a lot to do simply because of what time of the year it is. So not to add something to your “to-do” list, but to put ammunition in your vision for the coming new year, I want to ask you to consider doing something courageous, radical, and worthwhile with me come January. I want some of us to step off the edge of our comfort zone and seize this moment in time to make a life determining decision for our children. This request fits anyone who desires to be influenced by the greatest minds of parenting wisdom; anyone really concerned about their children getting an excellent education; and it goes without saying that this request if for anyone who is homeschooling, possibly planning on homeschooling, or wondering if she should homeschool! I hope I got everybody falling into at least one of the aforementioned categories! 😉 Your child may very well be in a nice comfortable school right now where everyone is nice and things are good, but I hope you will still consider. Check your heart of hearts and make sure that good and nice were your original highest goals for your child before declining.

Ok, so all I am going to ask is for you to read some books with me. No big deal right, only like 15 to 20 pages a week along with a short thoughtful personal response. Probably only one hour a week. But it is a big deal because your diligence to stick with it week to week will take courage, your well fed mind will be radically different by the end, and your participation I hope will prove to be one of the most worthwhile things you have ever done. I am blogging today to ask if you will be part of my Charlotte Mason Book Club? We will read a six-volume series written by Charlotte Mason that includes over 2,400 pages on education, child training and parenting. We will share our thoughts about the assigned weekly reading right here on the blog to encouraged and sharpen each other. We can pretend that we are having tea and cookies in the living room while discussing grand ideas. Wouldn’t that be lovely? If only we all lived closer to each other!

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The titles of the 6 books in Charlotte Mason’s Original Home Schooling Series:

Home Education

Parents and Children

School and Education

Ourselves

Formation of Character

A Philosophy of Education

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The Amazon description of  The Original Home Schooling Series states, “Recognized as a pioneer in home education and major school reforms, Charlotte Mason’s practical methods are as revolutionary today as when they were first written. These books were out of print for over 80 years until Dean & Karen Andreola brought them to America in while returning from a missions trip in the spring of 1987. A Charlotte Mason educational revival soon followed.” Speaking of revival, that makes me think–are you looking for the Lord to bring revival in this land? Our current education methods are mind numbingly effective in shutting down wonder, hope, curiosity, charity, a longing for truth, introspection……… which consequently numbs this generation to its longing for spiritual regeneration– its longing for God. I think long term spiritual revival is tied to educational revival. I think well trained minds taught at home have great potential to revolutionize the world.

I hope reading and discussing Charlotte Mason ideas will shatter any false preconceived notions about home education, infuse your being with the confidence to make dreams possible, and enlighten you on how profoundly wonderful a child raised in the atmosphere of a living education could be. If anything on this blog has helped you or inspired you, please consider joining the club because I think being in this book club will just be all that much more helpful, and will take you to another level.

Jog My Memory, What’s SO Wonderful Charlotte Mason Again?

In Charlotte’s philosophy, living ideas were for human children (and adults). It was never acceptable to teach a child something without meaning (such as lists of facts). Memorization is for the heart and mind and soul, not just the intellect. To divorce a subject from its meaning was the error of modernity, a mad quest to produce more in less time. The classical authors and educators from antiquity until now were not searching for efficiency and it is puzzling that modern classical educators have missed this point.

“The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” CM

“In this way: give your a child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information.” CM

Books are chosen not for cultural literacy so much as the literary quality with which they were written, and even more, their ability to develop the whole person and inspire his character. For all those years that children are getting a CM education, what’s really being trained more than anything else is their character. Students receiving a CM education don’t need any character building program because the entire curriculum is geared towards building character with the use of personal habits, quality books, teacher guidance, the work of the Holy Spirit and personal reflection.

“Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education.” CM

If anyone has read and re-read what this blog has to say about Charlotte Mason, it is me. (I just love re-reading my blog! I get inspired all over again! ;)) To help you make your decision about joining my Charlotte Mason Book Club, I encourage you to go back and remind yourself what is so exciting about Charlotte Mason’s philosophies from some of my archived posts:

Meet Miss Mason

This Could Be You

Nature is For Kids

Teaching Children the Bible

Welcome Back to School!

Book Club Starts in January!

Finally, you don’t have to decide today, but please pray about joining? We will wait until the freshness of the new year has arrived and the busyness of the holidays is behind us before adding a book club to our lives. Pray about joining the Charlotte Mason Book Club from now until the kick off date in January. Yes, 2,400 pages at 15-20 pages a week will mean a couple year commitment, but don’t let that deter you as I don’t think this needs to be an all or nothing venture. I think we should go into this Book Club determined to participate for the long haul, but for whatever portion you can actually participate, be assured that some is definitely better than none. Do some more research on Charlotte Mason yourself in the meantime and decide if you feel that she is worth placing as a mouthpiece of wisdom over your life. Especially if your children are still little, this is the the perfect time to read, read, read, and form a vision for all their years ahead. I hope you will be able to make the time to join in! This is for the ultimate excellence of our children– what could be more important? Thanks for keeping it in your prayers friends, and if I don’t hear from those of you that I know personally, you may hear from me. 🙂

A Photo Session Prompted by Autumn Splendor

Collecting Leaves

Imaginations Running Wild

Fall Themed Shortbread Cookies for Firefighters

With Lots of Sprinkles

Lovin’ Our Zoo Packs

Packing a Shoebox for an Operation Christmas Child


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