Month: October 2014

Educating Jem by HollyAnne Knight

HollyAnne Dobbins Knight grew up coming to the Charlotte Mason Education Conference with her mother Deborah Dobbins.  She helped her mother for many years present a session on teaching first and second graders Nature Study.  Now, as an adult HollyAnne Knight shares with us her hopes and dreams for her first born, a son, Jem, who is due to arrive around Christmas. . . .Here is HollyAnne’s post.   So many of  you have watched me grow up from Nature Study sessions at the Charlotte Mason Institute conferences and thru College; it is fun to continue the story. I graduated from Covenant College in the spring, but rather than pursuing my MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching) as “originally planned,” John and I began to count down to the arrival of our first child. “Jem” is due near Christmas time, so I’m six and a half months pregnant and, of course, wrapped up in all things baby. This includes, naturally, my hopes and dreams for my son’s education. Charlotte Mason said: “Nothing less than the …

A Dry Brush Tutorial or Who is Afraid of a Little Paint? By Jeannette Tulis

I have seen that look on your face, the one that says, “I can’t do that; what is more, my children can’t do that!” at the mention of using watercolors in your and your children’s nature notebooks. It is not as challenging as one might think. Let me preface what is to follow by saying that this is NOT one area in which my performance shines. In fact, I have four children and out of my four children, only one of them consistently kept a nature notebook and learned the dry brush technique. But I still have one at home and in preparing for writing this post, I am newly inspired to take up the dry brush in a much more consistent manner with my youngest child, now 11. This year we are once again part of a little Charlotte Mason co-op in which we meet just once a month for group singing of a hymn and a folk song, individual recitations of poetry from memory, a picture study, composer study (following the AO schedule) …

Adeline Bell: Pondering Charlotte Mason and Early Childhood by Dr. Donna Johnson

Grandparents have to be careful. Not everyone is as interested in their grandchildren as they are. Cute grandchild pictures and instances of clever grandchild behavior must be shared sparingly. Earlier this year, during a telephone conversation with Dr. Carroll Smith, I mentioned that I was in Arizona spending some time with my granddaughter Ada. I told him how attentive she was to particular stories and books, some of which to me seemed challenging for a two-year old, and that I had been thinking about why this might be the case. Being the good friend that he is, Carroll – rather than moving the conversation on to the business at hand – said he would like to hear more about my thoughts and ideas concerning Ada’s literary development. His interest focused my observations and reflections; since then I have been attentive each time I have had an opportunity to read to and play with Ada. Here are my current thoughts. At the time of my aforementioned conversation with Carroll, one of Ada’s favorite naptime and bedtime …