Charlotte Mason Poetry
By Art Middlekauff and Brittney McGann
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Charlotte Mason Poetry is dedicated to promoting Charlotte Mason's living ideas. We strive to share an authentic interpretation of Mason’s life work through a combination of original and vintage articles by a wide variety of authors. Our team draws from and transcribes many rare and wonderful documents from the PNEU many of which cannot be found anywhere else on the web.
||CleanThe National Mission||Editor’s Note, by Nicole Williams In the Autumn of 1916, the Church of England issued a proclamation in response to the low morale of the nation due to the First World War. It was called the “Mission of Repentance and Hope.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharlotte Mason and the Educational Tradition||Christian Overman wrote, “Ideas do make a difference! And significant ideas cast much longer shadows than do the men or women who originally think them.” What ideas are casting a shadow on your practice of education?||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Classical Teacher to Charlotte Mason Educator||“… things I had never heard before… a radical change of the way I thought… It was totally different, totally new, totally amazing, and life-changing…” Art Middlekauff catches up with Shannon Whiteside in this exclusive interview in which Sha||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fragmentation of Culture||Editor’s note: In 1923, Dorothy Sayers introduced the fictional character of Lord Wimsey in her very first mystery novel. She went on to write many stories about Wimsey which all became quite popular, and Sayers is best known today as a crime write||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTools for You||When Charlotte Mason published Home Education in 1886, she began a chain reaction. First came the Parent’s Educational Union in 1887, which rapidly expanded to become the Parents’ National Educational Union (PNEU) in 1889. Then in February of 189||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the PUS Helps a Young Mother||Editor’s Note: “Education is a Life, but if we are to train others we must train ourselves.” What a terrifying realization. Everything about the way I live my daily life matters. Every choice I make and every moment I spend will affect the way my||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Distraction||Throughout my schoolgirl days I loved getting back to school in the fall. Not because I was looking forward to seeing my friends (I changed schools nearly every year), and not because I found the lessons to be so enriching (I found most school subjects.||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Past Students Can Keep In Touch||Editor’s note: Aspiring educators came to the House of Education in Ambleside to learn the Charlotte Mason method. Once there, they experienced a dynamic environment of discussion and reflection under the guiding hand of Miss Mason herself.||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Look in the Mirror||“If I stopped reading the Bible, I sometimes wonder if anyone would notice.” The statement caught me off guard and took me back a step. It flew in the face of everything I believed to be true and to be my solemn duty as a Christian man, husband,||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMother Culture||“Is there, then, not need for more ‘Mother Culture’?” -A In April of 1892, the readers of The Parents’ Review were treated to a most mysterious article. Not the opening article, but the second one, beginning on page 13 of that month’s issue||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Nativity||Editor’s Note: The December, 1910 issue of The Parents’ Review featured a two-part article by Charlotte Mason. The first part was an Advent devotional to help readers prepare for Christmas. Mason wrote that the mystery of the Incarnation was too||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Programme for Shakespeare||In 2014, I experienced Shakespeare at the Globe Theater in London. At that point, I had been teaching Shakespeare to students for over 20 years as part of their Charlotte Mason education and this encounter was a dream come true!||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Urbanite to Conservationist||When I happened upon Charlotte Mason and became determined to understand the philosophy, I quickly found out it would not be a week-long crash course and quick implementation of the curriculum. At the same time,||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWomen Must Weep||Editor’s Note: On August 4, 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany, and in so doing, entered the world’s first Great War. By December of 1915, more than 100,000 British soldiers had lost their lives in service to their country.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Dangerous Adventure||Charlotte Mason’s method helps us to discover the beauty that is all around us. But does her method help us when beauty cannot be found? This is the rest of my Charlotte Mason story, recorded at the 2017 Living Education Retreat.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Reception of Volume 6||In my previous article, The Truth About Volume 6, I concluded that Volume 6 was meant to complement the other volumes, not to replace or supersede them. Rather than showing an evolutionary change in Mason’s method,||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Safeguard the Love of Learning||Editor’s Note: My first introduction into the world of Charlotte Mason was not through For the Children’s Sake, like I know it was for many others; it was through Karen Andreola’s lovely purple book, A Charlotte Mason Companion.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharlotte Mason and the SAT||I trusted the method. I bought the story that education was for life, not for a job, or a college, or a test score. And I bought the other part of the story—that if you follow Charlotte Mason’s method, your children will develop a love for learning,||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMathematics||Editor’s Note: Over the past month, we have shared Richele Baburina’s series of articles on how physics can be part of a living education. On October 19, 1910, a living lesson in physics was given at the House of Education.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Teacher of Physics||Editor’s note: This article is the third in a series on the teaching of physics by Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, published by Simply Charlotte Mason. In this series we have been using six questions posed b||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharlotte Mason’s Call to Parents||This essay was first published in Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, Volume 2, published by Riverbend Press. ©2015 by the Charlotte Mason Institute. The recording is taken from the Vision for Children event at Joy Christian Fellowshi||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChildhood’s Estate||Editor’s Note. In the Armitt Museum, one may request to see an overstuffed box containing a collection of handwritten documents penned by Charlotte Mason. Some of the documents are obviously rough drafts, hastily written and with many corrections||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Letter Towards Sunday School with Charlotte Mason||For quite a while I have been thinking about what it would look like to bring Charlotte Mason’s philosophy into Sunday School. When my pastor called a church meeting a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my ideas.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEducation is the Science of Relations||Editor’s Note, by Heidi Buschbach As I mentioned in my previous article, Musical Drill Practices, I have felt for many years that Mason’s music curriculum was sorely lacking the means to foster musical literacy in children. In my music training,||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusical Drill Practices||In my last post we looked at how Mason developed her principles of education regarding rhythmic movement from special and general revelation. To develop her living principles, she studied God’s word and science, and she observed children.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMiss Mason’s Ideal: Its Breadth and Balance||Editor’s note: Helen Wix graduated from Charlotte Mason’s House of Education in 1903, but she began writing articles for The Parents’ Review even when she was still a student. In May of 1903, an examination in cardboard sloyd was held at the Hous||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Lessons in Physics||Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series on the teaching of physics by Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, published by Simply Charlotte Mason. In this series we are looking at the study of physics||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRhythm In Music||Editor’s Note, by Heidi Buschbach Charlotte Mason valued music as a significant part of “the feast.” The two main components of musical training are pitch (tune) and rhythm (time). Our author, Miss Dorothy Walker,||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorship, War, and Musical Drill||Rhythmic movement and sound can be observed all around you in the ticking of a clock, the daily movement of the sun, the marching of a band, and the crashing of the waves. The chicka-dee-dee-dee of a bird, the inching of a worm,||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Teaching Methods of Charlotte Mason||Editor’s note: In 1902, George F. Husband left Stockton-on-Tees to work for the school system of neighboring Middlesbrough. There he eventually found himself headmaster of an elementary school. But it was no ordinary elementary school.||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhysics the Charlotte Mason Way||Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series on the teaching of physics by Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, published by Simply Charlotte Mason. Imagine that you are inside a space capsule—a spheri||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrop de Zèle||Editor’s Note: In the April, 1914 issue of The Parents’ Review, Charlotte Mason introduced the PNEU to Rudolf Eucken (1846-1926). Mason knew the German philosopher from a book by Meyrick Booth which she reviewed that month.||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmart About Your Wool||My family and I are Charlotte Mason newbies, as in, I just finished my first month of implementing her philosophy. We are new, but we are in love with every aspect of her method. We have seen first-hand how embracing her approach creates peace and cult.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Principle in the Practices||It is commonly known that Charlotte Mason left twenty principles as a compass to keep teachers on a steady course toward the right objective, but Mason also wrote six books. The Parents’ Review contains hundreds of articles.||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTinkers||Editor’s Note: I have a confession to make. I don’t really know what I’m doing. I have read Miss Mason’s books and studied many Parents’ Review articles, but I don’t have the experience of teaching a child all the way through high school.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLessons of Rush-Bearing||Editor’s Note: When Charlotte Mason was laid to rest in the grounds of her home church of St. Mary’s in Ambleside, the Rev. Francis Lewis assisted at the burial service. Charlotte Mason had named only two individuals to execute her will.||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNothing Is Trivial||Authority… is also considerate, and that is why a good mother is the best home-ruler; she is in touch with the children, knows their unspoken schemes and half-formed desires, and where she cannot yield, she diverts; she does not crush with a sledge-ha||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManual Training||Editor’s Note: Margaret McMillan (1860-1931) devoted her life to the underprivileged children of England. In 1894, she was elected to the Bradford School Board where she obtained a platform to influence social policy.||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching Cardboard Sloyd||After discussing the principles of sloyd in my first article, we looked at how to begin paper sloyd in Forms 1b and 1a. My previous article ended with this quote from Mr. Devonshire: “It should be clearly understood that it is Card-board Sloyd that||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching Paper Sloyd||When we last talked about sloyd, we explored the principles to be employed while teaching it. This article assumes that the reader understands the principles. There are many ways that sloyd philosophy and Miss Mason’s philosophy agree and complement||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Mother Without a Governess||South India By Mrs. Senior The Parents’ Review, 1919, pp. 303-307 Editor’s Note: Many of the teachers-in-training at the House of Education were governesses. Does this mean that Charlotte Mason’s method can only be implemented faithfully by fami||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Living Principles of Sloyd||Reading through Charlotte Mason’s six volumes, you will rarely come across the word “sloyd,” but if you look through the archives you will find statements like this: “Miss Mason always says she believes Sloyd to be the most valuable and most ed||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mediocre Purist||G.K. Chesterton has famously said, “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly” (Chesterton, 1910, p. 320). Charlotte Mason specifically says (and often implies) that “what is worth doing is worth doing well” (Mason, 1989d, Book I, p.172||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A great resource!
It is great to have this blog now on a podcast. What a great resource for those implementing a Charlotte Mason Education. It is nice that you can hear the article and then go reference it for specifics later. Thanks for making this an audio!! I can now listen while driving or doing laundry when reading wasn't always possible.
Dig deeper into the Charlotte Mason philosophy
I have been listening to the podcast " a delectable education " for a while. I found this podcast while searching more info about sloyd. This is a perfect complement to the more general overview provided on ADE.
This podcast provides readings of articles and extracts of people who have studied the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education. Every episode I have listened to so far provided food for thought and lots to think about. This is all about the big picture, the spiritual meaning and the deep philosophical motivations to pursue miss Mason 's way to bring up children.
I am very grateful to have found it, as a beginner I am still focused on the " how", even if I know my own " why" it is such an uplifting confirmation to hear those articles. And I love the podcast format which I can bring out while gardening with the kids running outdoors.
Treasure trove of all things Charlotte Mason
I am so thrilled about this podcast! One of my favorite blogs on Charlotte Mason has now become an audio blog. The content is rich, and Charlotte Mason Poetry is making available many Parents' Review articles that are real gems. This podcast is real food for thought, offering the philosophy of CM as well as practical help in applying the CM method in our everyday homeschools. Inspiring for the heart and stimulating for the mind!