I believe that in every age, in every society, women have faced challenges and circumstances that were far from ideal. The 21st century is no different. We are all so busy. Our hands are so full. And in the midst of that we are told that Miss Mason expected hours out of doors, over 20 subjects to be taught each week, and to top it off—a mother must make time for herself for Mother Culture. Did Charlotte Mason assume mothers had governesses and could therefore accomplish all of these tasks? Does that mean Miss Mason’s method must be changed in order to work today?Read More >>
I have been in planning mode for a month now. If you follow me on Instagram (@cminthenaturalstate) you already now this. I have posted a lot of photos of my planning process.
School for us begins TODAY. Miss Mason tells us in Volume 1: Home Education
“…as mothers become more highly educated and efficient, they will doubtless feel the more strongly that the education of their children during the first six years of life is an undertaking hardly to be entrusted to any hands but their own. And they will take it up as their profession––that is, with the diligence, regularity, and punctuality which men bestow on their professional labours. That the mother may know what she is about, may come thoroughly furnished to her work, she should have something more than a hearsay acquaintance with the theory of education, and with those conditions of the child’s nature upon which such theory rests.” Vol. 1, pg. 2-3
These words have been on my mind for months and I knew I wanted to enter the new school year “thoroughly furnished” to my work. I wanted to treat planning the way I would if I were teaching other people’s children. I wanted to “take it up” as my profession. Many wonderful lists were created in my bullet journal. Having been “whole hog” for a year I knew my strengths and weaknesses. I wanted to go a little farther than I did last year. I had my consult, ordered books, listened to webinars & podcasts, printed maps and recitation passages, organized our binders…whew! It was a lot of work but also fun in many ways. I love to learn and grow.Read More >>
At Charlotte Mason Soirée, we are all about parents taking ownership of their education and reading for themselves the primary source for a Charlotte Mason education: Mason‘s six volumes. If you have not already begun this process, it is never too late to join Bridgett and friends over at The Dispatch, as they read through the volumes. Short weekly assignments keep you accountable without being overwhelmed! Check it out!
Second to the volumes, the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection is a fascinating supplement to Charlotte Mason’s volumes. Though physically housed at the Armitt Library and Museum in England, we have access through Redeemer College University, to digital copies of Mason’s programmes (lesson plans & exams), manuscripts, The Parent’s Review (teaching advice & encouragement), nature journals, photographs, etc. It goes on and on! The beauty of this collection is that it enables you to see Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and ideas in practice, making it an invaluable tool for today’s CM educators!
But there’s a catch…
Before giving you the simple step-by-step guide, it’s important to consider factors which limit how we interpret and others interpret Charlotte Mason’s works. Within the archives, you will find articles by Mason and her associates (Henrietta Franklin, Elsie Kitching, and H.W. Household), which we consider reputable. However, you will also find works, though present in the archives, that do not conform to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. Many of these were published decades after Mason’s death in 1923. We need to know how to discern the differences. Read More >>