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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 1999
Mrs. MacAulay interprets the principles of Charlotte Mason, an English school teacher with ideas similar to Maria Montessori (but grounded in Scripture). Miss Mason lived from 1842-1923 and her writing is a bit flowery for today's readers. This book gets to the essentials of her philosophy outlined in this mottto "I am, I can, I ought, I will". What that means is basically that teachers need to help children understand their deep value to God, expose them to many activities so they can discover their gifts, teach the unchanging morals of Scripture and guide children in making moral choices for themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 1998
This book is great for all parents/teachers to read. The things learned(or just reinforing what we have always known) can be applied in our everyday lives with our children. It helped to remind me of what childhood is for. A chance for our children to learn about the world they live in at their own pace. Through their own thoughts, feelings and desires, learning what is right for them as individuals. Yet not giving us the right to neglet some basic requirements they will need to get through life as adults. We can teach our children the Three R's and still have them enjoy learning. Education is a life long process to be enjoyed, anticipated and used to our benifit. Here is my favorite thought from this book "...an education which shall qualify their children for life rather than for earning a living." What a great idea! Children ready for life. A desire we all have for our children and a way to accomplish that goal is written out for us in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 1999
As a parent considering homeschooling, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It presents an appealing overview of what homeschooling and family life can be at its best. It takes the ideas and methods of Charlotte Mason and shows how they can be incorporated into any family, whether homeschooling or not. The information on "living" books makes the book a must read for any parent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 1999
I began homeschooling our children in 1985 using a workbook program. I read a review of this book in Mary Pride's Big Book, and borrowed it through InterLibrary Loan. Now I have my own copy! This book is a short introduction to home education philosophy as well as practice. Charlotte Mason included in the Preface of each of her 6 volume set called "Home Education", 18 Principles as a synopsis. If you are following these 18, you may be said to be a Charlotte Mason person. All 18 are explained in this book, in a short and easy to read format. I recommend this book to anyone considering homeschooling, or who is tired of the way they are learning and living now. CM is a Christian literature-based educational philosophy. It is a Discipline, an Atmosphere, a Life - and this book can show you how to get there.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 1999
This book set the vision in my mind for the type of education I'd like to provide for my children -- warm, intelligent, full of life. A living education full of living books, living ideas, living people! For the past eight years, I've tried to re-read this book at least once a year to keep my vision fresh and my mind focused. This is the one book I always recommend -- or give as a gift -- to anyone as they first consider the idea home education. A real treasure!
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on 1 April 2012
This is an outstanding synopsis of Charlotte Masons work. It is concise, readable and inspiring. I highly highly recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2008
I bought this as someone who is considering home schooling and likes the Charlotte Mason philosophy. However I think it is wrong to say that this book is only for those who are considering home schooling. It talks very much about education as the whole of the child's life and its suggestions can be applied in school or in the evenings as well. While it is a small book, and an easy writing style, it is packed with wisdom and thought provoking passages. I am sure I shall refer to it again.
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