Month: July 2008

A Dangerous Adventure by Art in Kenosha

“Like religion, education is nothing or it is everything–a consuming fire in the bones” – Charlotte Mason We made the decision to homeschool when my first son was a toddler. I realized that homeschooling would require an enormous amount of time. So I counted the cost and figured out a schedule that would work for my family. I set aside containers of time to devote to lessons with my children. There are containers for time, containers for objects, and containers for chemicals. Sometimes it is hard to find the right container for a substance. Of course, chemicals that are inert are very safe. But I have heard of acids that are so reactive that they interact with their container. If you are not careful, the container can be transformed by what’s inside. We decided to implement Charlotte Mason’s ideas in our home school. At first it was very simple. I just took Charlotte Mason’s ideas and put them into the containers of my week that were set aside for lessons. I did not realize that …

Charlotte Mason’s Early Correspondence by Dr. John Thorley

The Charlotte Mason archive in the Armitt Library in Ambleside, UK, contains around a dozen letters to or from Charlotte from the period 1860 to 1873. These were the years when she was at the Home and Colonial College in London (1860) and at the Davison School in Worthing, on the south coast of England (1861-73). These years were in many ways a formative period for Charlotte, since they include her training as a teacher and the 13 years that she spent in her first teaching post, in charge of a large infants’ school (it was in fact a church school, but open without payment to all children of the area). These letters are not the only evidence that we have for this period, since we also have the school log-book that Charlotte completed from 1862 until she left the Davison School at the end of 1873. But the letters are of course a much more personal record. In the following letters the text is transcribed directly from the manuscript, with the original punctuation and …