Category Archives: Charlotte Mason

Random Common Room Conversations

(from a January personal journal entry, hence the alka seltzer) Mother: There comes a point when this stops looking pretty and starts to look weird…there are chunks that make it look more like something you eat rather than drink. It’s like detritis. And flotsam and jetsam. Things that you eat and things that you drink […]

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

One of my childhood memories is of a perhaps silly but homey-to-us little tradition. Whenever we came home from an out of town trip, as we pulled in the driveway at home, Granny Tea (who wasn’t a Granny then, of course), would chant the last line of a nursery rhyme, “Home, again, home again, jiggety […]

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Twaddle

¬†All of us read what Charlotte Mason called twaddle. She also called it ‘reading made easy,’ and she was not a fan of lazy, desultory reading. Personally, I do not think I will successfully manage to ‘never’ make a place for reading made easy for my children or myself, as Charlotte advocates. That does not […]

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Stones for Bread

From the Washington Post comes this disheartening article on how children are being given stones instead of bread for their educational sustenance: “…The Washington-based Center on Education Policy reported this year that 27 percent of school systems say they are spending less time on social studies, and nearly 25 percent say they are spending less […]

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Learning Mothering From Books

A friend of my two oldest girls recently asked them if I was like Mrs. Austin in Madeline L’Engle’s books. She said that she thought that it would take a mother like Mrs. Austin to produce girls like my girls.When the Head Girl passed that on to me I laughed and said, “I wish.” But […]

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