Welcome to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!!
I'm excited to be hosting this for the first time, after being a reader for over a year. I have been homeschooling for less than two years and am only schooling one child (sometimes with younger foster children around), so I consider myself a newbie. :)chapter 6 of Home Education, Vol. 6.
When we say that "education is an atmosphere," we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a 'child-environment' especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child's' level.- Charlotte Mason's 6th principle
Its easy to understand how education comes from atmosphere. You make your school room simple and at a child's level, right? Well, that is more Montessori than Mason. Mason believed we shouldn't water down materials and real-life things for children, but that they should live in a more natural environment. Not only did she mean they should spend much time outdoors in nature, but that indoors they should be exposed to beauty - art, music, and literature of the highest quality.
Sounds simple, right? But how to do it....redecorate the house? clear clutter? I don't think there's one right way to create an atmosphere of education, but it does take intentional thought and preparation. We have to guard what comes into our homes, because what is in our homes goes into the minds of those in the home. Easy to understand, but wow! What responsibility!
In Education is Atmosphere, Silvia believes that there are 2 extremes to be avoided in creating an atmosphere - the artificially cheerful, which creates dependent children, and the completely neglected, which causes vulnerability to bad influences.
The Atmosphere of Books takes a look at how much we should or should not shelter our children in what they are reading. She says, "There’s no need to avoid reading them books that portray God and the world just as they are."
Nebby writes a thought-provoking post: Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life. She delves into what constitutes an atmosphere of education, how habits create discipline, and how, in order to let life teach our children, we must learn to let go of some control.
Nadene has sprinkled some great Charlotte Mason quotes in An Atmosphere. She talks of some of her own joys in homeschooling and encourages other home schools to move to an atmosphere of inspiration and values, avoiding the "glass terrarium" approach.
Megan at The Winding Ascent talks about Nourishing Life: Parents as Inspirers. What a full post!
Harmony Art Mom answers a reader's question in High School - Can You Mess It Up? This great post offers advice, resources and encouragement for those in or entering the high school phase.
Quotes for Nature Lovers from Anna Botsford Comstock is a lovely teaser. The post links to GooglePlay so you can download your own free copy of The Handbook of Nature Study and enjoy more from Comstock!
I got a kick out of reading about Pamela and The Frog Eggs in My Cracker Barrel To-Go Cup! Now I want to go down to our boggy area and find some frog eggs to study, too.
La Casa Giocosa (or "the Joyful House") shares an unexpected connection between a Renaissance man and Charlotte Mason.
In this Nature Study Monday post, Fisher Academy delves into Bug Camouflage. Can you spot them?
Journey and Destination reviews and recommends Four First Rate Living Books to Read. I haven't heard of these, and am taking notes!
Ann has put together several posts for us at Harvest Moon By Hand:
- Nature Journaling about Rabbits
- Nature Journaling about Bird Migration
- Carl Sandburg - Poet/Poetry Study
- Alfred Lord Tennyson - Poet/Poetry Study
Online treasures: The Book of the Great Musicians,
"You would probably figure it's just another book of boring biographical notes and maybe some music terminology. Not so: this is a very creative, open-ended little guide for young musicians!" What a treat! This book is mentioned by CM, and is available at archive.org.
Last, but not least is Parenting Challenge - Creating an Atmosphere for Education. Surviving Mexico writes about the different way she accomplishes such an atmosphere.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you :)