So I've read the first chapter in my Miss Mason Monday series. I have to applaud Mrs. Catherine Levison, author of A Charlotte Mason Education. She packs a lot into one little chapter!! Much of what I read in chapter 2 was actually just renforcing my knowledge of Charlotte Mason because I have done a good bit of studying before but review is always a good thing right? And I am starting with chapter 2 because I kinda delved into chapter 1 during my intro a couple of weeks ago. Well, let's begin.
Miss Mason belived whole heartedly that "children were born persons and should be educated by the humanities."
That right there lays the basis for why Miss Mason included the "subjects", if you will, that she included.
One thing I appreciate about Miss Mason's educational philosophy is that the goal is to gently and gradually lead the child in such a way that they learn to self-educate. That means that in the beginning we are needed quite a bit but as they grow and mature they will become self-educators who need no one to encourage them to learn because they have fallen in love with learning themselves.
One of the most popular aspects of the Charlotte Mason method is her use of "whole and living books." A whole book is a book that the author wrote-one author. The opposite of this would be a book comprised of selections of different author's works.
A living book is opposite a textbook. Texts are facts-just facts. Living books have lives, emotions, people are married, and pass away. They are "clothed in literary language." A good example would be an accurate historical novel or biography.
I have read that Miss Mason didn't entirely give up on text books. I belived that they were used for subjects such as grammar and math I think but the emphasis in her schools were not put on textbooks as they are in our schools today.
Miss Mason's method also consists of short morning lessons with a large variety of subjects. She recommended switching subjects every 15-20 minutes in the younger grades because she felt that this invigorates the minds of the children. She was very adament that dawdling not be allowed during those few minutes so that the time was used as efficiently as possible. Mrs. Levision recommends using a timer and stopping when it goes off and moving to the next lesson. I think that this is a great idea and will be doing that tomorrow!!
The following is the child's motto:
I am, I can, I ought, I will.
- I am a child of God.
- I can through the power of God
- I ought to out of duty
- I will is different than I want. (It shows a choice or decision has been made. The child decides to do what is right.}
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
We need to make education, learning, a natural part of the lives of our children.
That wraps up our first Miss Mason Monday. As I stated before, I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here. So much has been written and written well about the CM philosophy but I just wanted to share what little bits and pieces that I am grasping. I still have a LONG way to go before I become as seasoned homeschooling CM Mommy but I wanted to jump in somewhere and get some real understanding of this wonderful philosophy. Blogging about it just holds this "put it off until later" Mom accountable and gives me a deadline.
I hope that you learned a little something new. And please if you have any imput feel free to comment about it!