Category Archives: Charlotte Mason

Prayer, and Katrina in Mississippi

Amanda Witt has a post of comfort and solace to those among us who can do ‘no more than’ pray. Katie Barr at CM, Children, and Lots of Grace, has some very specific and heartbreaking information from MIssissippi. I’ve been bothered by how much emphasis we here at the Common Room have placed on the […]

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A Living Book

A well read person, said Miss Charlotte Mason, will be familiar with “Men and their motives, the historical sequence of events, principles for the conduct of life, in fact, practical philosophy, is what the emergencies of the times require us to possess and to be able to communicate.” We don’t learn these good things in […]

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Narration Jar

Narration is an important part of a Charlotte Mason education, and a deceptively simple one. Do not be fooled by its simplicity. Narration is the bones for essays, critiques, and all other sorts of more formal writing later on. Narration seems so simple, but it really gets the brain working on all sorts of complex […]

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Parenting and Homeschooling Thoughts for the Day

Something Old: Notes from The House and Home, A Practical Book, Volume 1, Published 1894-1896 A compendium of information and ideas from many authors Kate Douglas Wiggin, author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Mother Carey’s Chicken’s (one of our favorites) has a chapter on “The Training of Children.” Wiggin was a devotee of Froebel, […]

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In Childhood, the Prelude, William Wordsworth refers “To those first-born affinities that fit Our new existence to existing things, And, in our dawn of being, constitute The bond of union betwixt life and joy.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary gives several meanings for ‘affinity:’ 1. The relation contracted by marriage, between a husband and his wife’s kindred, […]

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