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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Imparting Ideas

Charlotte Mason says, “Let the lessons be of the right sort, and children will learn them with delight.”

What are the right sort of lessons? How can I get my children to learn with delight? There are several methods CM used that she found successful in producing delighted learners. The first is that the lessons were short and rich. The second is that the lessons were usually learned from a source of literature or interestingly written text filled with ideas and concepts – not mere facts.

Mason tells us, “For the mind lives, grows and is nourished upon ideas; mere information is to it as a meal of sawdust to the body.”

Though it is easier for us today to hand them a workbook, tomorrow, we will wonder why our children grumble over learning.
I pray that in my effort to fulfill God’s call upon our homeschool, that I can also enrich the lives of my children with an education that will inspire them, not mire them.

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