Last Saturday I spoke to a group of homeschoolers in Roanoke, VA via Skype about the Charlotte Mason method and our homeschool. Before I began, this group of educators – though strangers to me – sang “Happy Birthday to You”. Only the card my husband bought me topped that. It plays “Rule, Britannia” when you open it. Get it? Like I’m the queen or something…
|Marit and I dissecting a gladiola at The Hive.|
Anyway, after talking about the benefits to children, the glorious books, the place of knowledge, and the like, I then talked about the benefits of this method for the moms. This is the other side of the proverbial coin and it couldn’t be more true. I’m sure I would have burned out long ago if the method we used wasn’t as living and engaging for me as it is for my students. Indeed, I’ve seen more than one home educator happy to be done with what they see as the “chore” of home education. Not me. I’m just getting warmed up.
|Cheney and I painting the saw-whet owl I literally stumbled upon at our TBG Community.|
Ms. Chomondley took Mason’s training in 1918. She continues that quote at the top with these words –
“It is a sharing of the effort to know, using all that is best in the world of books, of music, of pictures, all that can be observed and cherished out of doors, all that hand and eye can make; all that religion, history, art, mathematics and science can reveal to the active mind.”
Those who have graduated a few students using these methods know that the “sharing of the effort to know” never ends. At least not for those with active minds.
From joy to joy,