All posts tagged: Narration

Notes and Queries by Elsie Kitching

Recently a colleague sent me this article from a 1926 Parents’ Review written by Elsie Kitching.  It contains such straightforward language from Kitching about Mason’s work that I thought the Mason Community might enjoy reading it.  All italicised words are in the original text.  Elsie Kitching is answering questions that we hear asked today. NOTES AND QUERIES. [Continued from page 130.] _________ III. I have read your letter with much interest.  May I say that we quite understand that you do not see your way to adopt a new system in a school which is already doing successful work on the lines for which it was started?  Miss Mason was herself entirely averse to offering a “system”—a set of good plans (or even of bright ideas!) which used in and for themselves should produce certain results, and for this reason she did not care to send the programmes for payment only, but only on condition that they should be carried out in the light of the Philosophy of Education which has been her contribution to the cause of …

Mining in the Archives by Kerri Forney

Several years ago at the national Charlotte Mason conference, Deani and Meghan Van Pelt presented a wonderful plenary session on the L’Umile Pianta, the magazine published for the alumni of Charlotte Mason’s teaching college in Ambleside, England. From their work on the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection,[1] they shared their experience of getting to know some of the people involved in the P.N.E.U.[2] through the pages of this periodical. I left the session with a desire to befriend Miss Pennethorne[3] too and with a sense that a gold mine was just beneath my finger tips if I would do the hard work of digging. In preparing for the conference this year, I finally started mining in earnest. It is joyfully ironic to me that what I am now employing in studying Mason and her world is rooted in my understanding of Mason’s own philosophy of teaching history. Her admonition from Volume One to“linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man and is at home in …