Month: May 2009

Nature Study with Max: A Boy with Learning Difficulties by Deborah and HollyAnne Dobbins

      “Then the flowers come, each shut up tight in the dainty casket we call a bud, as cunningly wrapped as the leaves in their buds, but less carefully guarded, for these ‘sweet nurslings’ delay their coming for the most part until earth has a warm bed to offer, and the sun a kindly welcome” (Charlotte Mason; Home Education, vol.1, p.53).         “Energetic, talkative, and likable” are words that have been used to describe Max. He is also humorous, affectionate, curious, and struggles with a number of learning difficulties. “His talents and gifts are hidden,” his teacher, Patricia Anderson, wrote, “and by the Lord’s direction, they will be brought to light.” Max’s father offered insight into the first few years of Max’s life: “When Maxwell was two years old, we were told by our family pediatrician that he was likely to have developmental differences from other children. Maxwell was missing milestones, and this pattern continued as he progressed to an age where we expected him to begin communicating verbally. He rarely …

Beauty in a Postmodern World by Jennie McClellan

I read in the Fall/Winter issue of the Charlotte Mason Educational Review that the topic for the next Charlotte Mason conference is: Beauty. I have been mulling this idea in my head for several weeks trying to figure out what beauty in a Charlotte Mason context means. I’ve also been reading and listening to a lecture series on Post-Modernism which has a lot to say about beauty. These two ideas are converging in my mind, and here I am trying to sort them out…..Bear with me for thinking out loud. Beginning my studies of CM’s writings in earnest three years ago, her works are slowly dismantling many unworthy habits and ideas as well as solidified several truisms in regards to children, education, and parenting I have long held. After grappling with her philosophy and comparing it to Christianity, I do find most of her theories and methods to align very closely with Scriptural principles. Her writings were considered in her day to be counter-culture, but in light of our current trends, her insights transcend time …