Month: September 2014

Listening with the Eyes by Rebekah Brown Hierholzer

My daughter, 3 years old, is crazy about favorites.  I mean crazy in the sense that she walks around endlessly asking me what my favorites are about Everything.  All the time. “Yes or No.  Is that your favorite?  Yes or No?”  she asks, and if an answer isn’t forthcoming in a nanosecond, she repeats herself.  “Yes or No, I said, Mommy.  Is that your favorite?  Yes or No?”  And then, because I understand the definition of favorite as preferring one over another, I think about it.  I ponder my choice, thinking about which one actually is my favorite, because really, isn’t she just trying to learn more about me?  Doesn’t she want to know what I really think?  Isn’t she trying to relate to me and know me better and don’t I want to foster that kind of thing? So, I think about it.  I tell her that yes, I think G just might be my favorite letter.  After all, her name starts with G and so does God and about a million other words that …

United For the Advance of a Cause by Jennifer Stec

Is it just me, or do you find yourself answering more questions about schooling options these days?  Whether pursuing a private or charter school option, online learning, or home schooling, it seems like a growing number of parents are seeking different means of educating their children. This growth has extended to the Charlotte Mason educating community, as we’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of local support groups, regional and national conferences, schools and cooperatives.  Even Facebook users in Indonesia can join the Charlotte Mason Indonesia Community, which boasts over 2,800 members! There are a myriad of reasons that parents choose alternative education options, but I cannot think of one parent who wants to walk that road alone. I am extraordinarily grateful for the authors and communities that “virtually” supported our transition from public to home schooling: Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, Sally Clarkson, Karen Andreola, Charlotte Mason Help, and Childlight USA (now Charlotte Mason Institute).  I remember the many nights when a hungry newborn gave me another excuse to read one of Mason’s books or look …