Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Why a Charlotte Mason Education?

I am persuaded that I am most happy when I recognize and savor the magnificence of God in every sphere of life, and I mean EVERY sphere of life; and when I am finding my happiness in God, then I am glorifying Him. This is why I breathe -- and this is why I have chosen to teach my children in the way that I do. If my children grow up to know the glory and wisdom of God, but take no delight in Him, then I will have failed in my mission, for they have not learned to glorify Him; they have not learned the meaning of their existence.

This is why NATURE STUDY is so important to us. My children learn to enjoy His handiwork and say with joyful hearts, " God, you do all things well!" We do not spend much time analyzing it until we have first learned to enjoy his glory in creation.

This is why we study great works of ART and listen to glorious MUSIC. In our observation and in our dancing and in our creating, we can say, "Lord, Maker of color and music, you are so beautiful!"

This is why we read LITERATURE filled with tales of the heroic. Those men and women who are shadows of Christ, in small ways mirror the greatest Hero of all time. They inspire us to be like Him, the One who embodies all skill, talent, brilliance and goodness!

This is why we focus on HISTORY. We reject the modern day myth that the old is inferior for we know that truth is timeless and we choose to learn from the wisdom of the ages.

This is why we read and write POETRY. Truth and imagination wedded together stirs the soul to greatness, and to praise the Creator. So, we think hard and we frame it with rhyme and metaphor.

This is why we WRITE only what is worthy. We find pleasure in pointing out the supremacy of God. We hope that our words awaken others to the joys to be had by reveling in His glory in every sphere of life.


  1. Anonymous23.12.06

    June 20, 2006 - Hello

    Posted by OurHomeSweetHomeschool

    Beautiful post.

    I hope that you will stop by my blog. I just posted today about my reading "A Charlotte Mason Companioin"...

    Your blog entry today was just what I needed.

    Thank you,

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    June 20, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by KeepingtheHome

    Thanks for this post! A great reminder!

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    June 20, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by KeepingtheHome

    You came to my blog and asked if you could share something I'd written (a link I think - ah! a rhyme!). Sure you can! If you would, give them a link back to my blog -- http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/KeepingtheHome so your readers can say 'hi."

    Thanks for visiting!

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    June 20, 2006 - well said

    Posted by mrsbeaver

    wow! an inspiring post. Would you mind if I printed it and kept it in my lesson plan book to remind me of *why* we study these things when I forget and get in a hurry to just finish the basics?

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    June 21, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by Canadagirl

    Very well said. I think I couldn't have said it any better.
    In Him,

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    June 21, 2006 - to Mrs Beaver

    Posted by lindafay

    Yes, you may print this out. I'm glad you are inspired and thanks for visiting.


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    June 22, 2006 - Great post as usual!

    Posted by

    This was another lovely and encouraging post. I have to say I am in complete agreement with you. It is so important that we know why we are doing all this - it helps us stay the course.
    Thanks again,

    Edited by AussieinAmerica on June 21, 2006 at 10:35 PM

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  2. Anonymous10.2.07

    I was wavering in my commitment to a CM education and upon browsing your blog and reading this post my spirit is renew in this direction. I hate to waver in this. My patience at lack of results or at least slow results has discouraged me. Thank you for writing, they fill my cup when it is empty.


  3. Thank you so much for this! You expressed it beautifully.

  4. Oh, I'm so glad I came across your blog! :)
    Thank you for so beautifully writing up those sentiments. They're SO true and hopefully a guide to how we homeschool here.
    I look forward to reading more of your posts!!
    C (Australia)

  5. I think this statement most eloquently expresses the heartbeat of my homeschool journey with the children with whom the Lord has entrusted me. I am passionate about the Charotte Mason method because it focuses my mind on the glory of God - His creation, His creativity, His sovereign hand... Thank you, thank you, for blessing us all with the wisdom He has given you!!! Praying for you! :)