Month: November 2011

The Incarnation and Education by Jennifer C. Spencer

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am very thankful to belong to such a wonderful Charlotte Mason book study group in Boiling Springs, NC.  We began our group a little over a year ago with volume six, A Philosophy of Education, and then worked through volume one, Home Education.  We chose to begin with volume six because that was the last book Mason wrote, and so her ideas were more refined.  It is also a good overview of what is dealt with in more depth in the other volumes.  Right now we are about halfway through volume two, Parents and Children. This is my first time reading the volumes in this way—slowly, chapter by chapter, making connections, seeing the context, and taking time to discuss and digest the ideas without giving much thought to the mechanics of implementation.  Those of you who have participated in such a group know the value.  I am beginning to think that it is in this way in which the Holy Spirit is allowed to pass understanding.  As I reread …

Greetings and Salutations by Gladys Schaefer

A Letter of Gratitude Greetings and salutations, my dear friends, This Thanksgiving week I am grateful for the richness and joy that this Charlotte Mason way of life has given us.  Our family has been shaped by the wisdom words that this pioneer of education shared with us almost a hundred years ago.  Truth is timeless. In An Essay Towards A Philosophy of Education, she writes, “Education,” said Lord Haldane, some time ago, “is a matter of the spirit,”––no wiser word has been said on the subject, and yet we persist in applying education from without as a bodily activity or emollient. We begin to see light. No one knoweth the things of a man but the spirit of a man which is in him; therefore, there is no education but self-education, and as soon as a young child begins his education he does so as a student. Our business is to give him mind-stuff, and both quality and quantity are essential (p. 26). I think that her first principle, that children are born persons, is …