Educating Mothers Discussion
That the mother may know what she is about, may come thoroughly furnished to her work, she should have something more than a hearsay acquaintance with the theory of education, and with those conditions of the child's nature upon which such theory rests. —Charlotte Mason
Educating Mothers is a robust book discussion group for women ready to approach the work of education with reverence and dedication. All levels of experience are represented and welcome in this growing community, as we apply ourselves to understand and practice Mason's educational method. We meet 7PM-10PM on the last Thursday of each month (excluding December) to discuss the assigned reading. Attendees join a rotation to bring refreshments for the group.
This group is open to the public, and does not require a membership or purchase. Please contact us to join our email list and receive invitations with meeting details.
We also meet regularly for screenings and workshops.
7:00-8:00PM Fellowship and refreshments
8:00-10:00PM Book discussion
Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass
The art of narration is the art of telling. It extends from the oral traditions of ancient cultures to yesterday’s headlines. We all want to tell each other things, and shared communication deepens our relationships and enlightens our understanding. Over one hundred years ago, the British educator Charlotte Mason revived narration as a pedagogical method. It was practiced in hundreds of schools and homes during her lifetime, and has enjoyed a resurgence among homeschoolers over the past several decades. Know and Tell examines the process of narration in life and in school. It walks you through the progression of simple telling with young children to developed writing with older pupils. People narrate every day. This book will show you how to make that natural activity a vital part of education that enhances students’ understanding and relationships with knowledge, while allowing them to grow into skilled communicators.
book for 2020
The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason by Laurie Bestvater
"We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life." (Charlotte Mason) Composition books and blank journals are readily available at every big box and corner store, available so inexpensively as to be common and ironic as we reach that digital dominion, the projected "paperless culture." Shall we despair the future of the notebook? Is the practice an anachronism in an age where one's thoughts and pictures, doings and strivings are so easily recorded on a smartphone or blog, and students in even the youngest classrooms are handed electronic tablets with textbooks loaded and worksheets at the ready? Or is there something indispensable in the keeping of notebooks without which human beings would be the poorer?" The Living Page invites the reader to take a closer look in the timeless company of 19th century educator, Charlotte Mason.
the magnanimous challenge
In 2019 we launch the "Magnanimous Challenge," playfully referred to as "CM2." In keeping with Mason’s idea that “self-education is the only possible education," Educating Mothers invites women of all backgrounds and levels of experience to share in feasting from the original source—Charlotte Mason’s six volumes. Develop an authentic interpretation while interacting directly with Mason's ideas! The challenge involves reading only 1-3 pages a day, allowing us to read all six volumes in two years. We will begin in January 2019 with the first volume, Home Education. Those who choose to participate are invited to join us for casual interactive discussion during the first part of our regular meetings. Download a free online version at Ambleside Online, or purchase your set at Simply Charlotte Mason.
If you need some encouragement to take the challenge, listen to the podcast episode "How to Learn the CM Method" from Charlotte Mason Poetry!