Here is a helpful article explaining what a Charlotte Mason education is…

In Susan Schaeffar Macaulay’s book “For the Children’s Sake”, she makes references to Charlotte Mason and her teaching methods.  If you are interested in learning what a Charlotte Mason education is, there is a very thoughtful, informative article that was written by Karen Andreola  on Homeschool World @ http://www.home-school.com entitled “What drew me to a Charlotte Mason education?” that was first published in 1996 in Practical Homeschooling #12.   It lays out the key points of a Charlotte Mason education.

Hopefully, this will give you a reference point into who Charlotte Mason is and her style of education while you are reading “For the Children’s Sake” and “Pocketful of Pinecones”.

God Bless you on your Walk!

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What kind of notebook do I use for my Nature Notebook?

What kind of notebook will I need to use for my  “Nature Notebook”?

The easiest answer: whatever you like best.

However, I realize that is vague and  if you aren’t used to keeping notebooks, much less a note book with your thoughts and drawings on nature, you might be wondering what to use.

Ideally, you need to have room on the page to draw or paint the flora or fauna that you are journaling about.  Additionally, you may also wish for the notebook to be lined for recording your thoughts.

You could have a notebook and use two sheets of paper for each entry: one page for your artistic rendering of your subject matter and one page for your written observations.  This would allow you to use paper that is the most suitable for each objective.

Another option would be to use a blank sheet of paper.  Leave space on the paper for your drawing and, using a ruler, line the remainder of  your page for recording your observations.

You may simply wish to purchase a blank spiral bound or hardbound notebook from your local general merchandise or book store.

Tonight at a meeting with some other CM friends, one of the ladies brought up the book “The Country Diary of the Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holder.  True to it’s name, this book records the nature observations of a woman from the early 20th century.  It is beautiful to behold.  Looking through the book may be intimidating if you are considering your own nature notebook, but try to think of it as merely a guide or an example remembering that we all have our own skills and abilities and no two nature journals will look alike.

Here is a link to “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady: A facsimile reproduction of a 1906 naturalist’s diary” by Edith Holden on Amazon (via our affiliate account) if you wish to see it:

 

Introduction – For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School

This year marks the 30th anniversary of For the Children’s Sake: Foundation of Education for Home and School.  The author, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, is married and has four grown children.  With her husband Ranald’s encouragement, Mrs. Macaulay wrote down the lessons she learned and ideas related to children, education and life that came to her through her homeschooling experience.

In her Introduction to the book, she presents some points that she would like us to keep in mind as we read.

Initially, she clarifies that while she used the pronoun “he” exclusively in the book, she did so for simplicity.  She states that she is not giving male children a higher status over female, because she believes “that all are of equal value”.

Additionally, she points out that the Christian World View is taken for granted in the book, but she makes a point to the non-Christian reader that if you aren’t a Christian “you’ll still be fascinated by this human, balanced , practical view of what education and life is all about”.

Finally, she stresses that while the book covers a lot about Charlotte Mason, a teacher from the early twentieth century, the ideas presented are as applicable today as they were then so “please, don’t throw out the ideas along with the materials”.

And, I believe my favorite quote from the introduction is:

“Education is an adventure that has to do with central themes, not the particular packages a given generation puts them into.  It’s about people, children, life, reality!”

It is my hope that this book will be an encouragement to you as we go through our book study, and hopefully we will all come away with some practical advice that we can apply to our own homeschooling adventure.

God Bless You All!

Where to find “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay…

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

“For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay is available for purchase at:

Amazon (through our affiliate link) by clicking on the book link below:

And from AbeBooks

If you know of any other great places to purchase this book, please post the information in the comments section.  Thanks!

Where to find “Pocketful of Pinecones”…

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola is available for purchase at:

Amazon (through our affiliate link) by clicking the book link below:


And from AbeBooks

If you know of somewhere else to purchase the book “Pocketful of Pinecones”, please leave a link in the comments section.

“Pocketful of Pinecones” reading schedule

Here is the reading schedule for “Pocketful of Pinecones” by Karen Andreola.  Please bring a composition book to use.  We will be creating our own Nature Notebooks using Charlotte Mason’s techniques.  Reading is not required for attendance.

June 17 Chapters: 1-5
June 24 Chapters: 6-10
July 1 Chapters: 11-15
July 8 Chapters: 16-20
July 15 Chapters: 21-25
July 22 Chapters: 26-30
July 29 Chapters: 31-35
August 5 Chapters: 36-40
August 12 Chapters: 41-45
August 19 Chapters: 46-50
August 26 Chapters: 50-58

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola

 

“For the Children’s Sake” reading schedule

Following is our reading schedule for “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.  Reading is not required for attendance.

“For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
May 6 Chapter 1: What is Education?
May 13 Chapter 2: Children are Born Persons
May 20 Chapter 3: Authority and Freedom
May 27 Chapter 4: A New Perspective
June 3 Chapter 5: Education: A Science of Relationships
June 10 Chapter 6: The Way of the Will, Reason, and the Unity of the Whole

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay