Mar 24, 2008

Quotes from Charlotte Mason's Home Education

5th Edition, published 1906
By Education is Atmosphere it is not meant that a child should be isolated in what may be called a 'child environment' especially adapted and prepared; but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down to his world to the 'child's' level...

The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.
In my previous Charlotte Mason post, I said that she'd been out of print for about a hundred years, but I have since learned that this is not the case. They were republished in the States in 1989 as "The Original Homeschooling Series" by Charlotte Mason, and are still in print. I'm enjoying it very much. I've just started reading the first volume, and she's very readable.

Also came across another quote today which I'll share;
To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheets cakes. and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.

G.K Chesterton, The Emancipation of Domesticity

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