Some of you might know how much I enjoy the Charlotte Mason method in my homeschool: the gentle approach to learning, living books, awe-inspiring nature walks, foreign languages, habit training. I have read great books about the Charlotte Mason approach, like For the Children’s Sake. I recently started A Charlotte Mason Companion.
It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to read the lady herself. To listen to her own words, if you will, and try to penetrate the meaning of those Victorian phrases myself.
I especially thought about her Home Education series – a six-volume set. Too much to read? Perhaps. So I put the thought aside. I have a few too many books on my night stand at this moment.
The other day, I got to spend half an hour at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore in Knoxville, which features a whole section for homeschool curriculum, some gently used. I have had some luck in the past finding treasures over there. When I saw the Charlotte Mason six volumes in a box by themselves, they called my name. I was delighted.
Now that Downton Abbey is over for ten long months, I will have to travel to England by means of these great books. I don’t have a deadline to finish these volumes by. I will think of them as my reward at the end of a long homeschooling day. When I finish, I finish. That way, I can enjoy every turn of phrase, every concept, and every new idea.
Six volumes may sound like a lot. And it is.
Well, one must start somewhere. Slowly but surely, I will get it done.