Quote This: Charlotte Mason on self-education

English: Primary School in "open air"...

Therefore, teaching, talk and tale, however lucid or fascinating, effect nothing until self-activity be set up; that is, self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.

Charlotte Mason

Are you familiar with Charlotte Mason? I find this 19th century British educator absolutely fascinating. And clearly brilliant and full of love and understanding for the beauty and capability of a child’s mind–and personality. Her writings are very much informed by the social and historical conditions of the time in which she wrote, so I’m eternally leery of people who get all “but this is not how Charlotte Mason would have done it!” Of course not. There were no iPads in her time… 😛 But, if you are a nature-loving, literature-loving family, the Charlotte Mason universe on-line offers all sorts of amazing resources and connections. The habit-training/child-training part of her writing doesn’t particularly resonate for this particular family… but becoming enamoured of it will do you less harm than most modern “child training” methods.

How’s that for an endorsement?

If you’re new to Charlotte, among the most popular web spots for CM resources are:

Simply Charlotte Mason

Ambleside Online

Secular Charlotte Mason

Or, you might want to grab a copy of Karen Andreola’s Pocketful of Pinecones. Which is certainly one of the most unique homeschooling books out there…


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