Wonder Together: The Inspiration of Charlotte Mason

“We were all meant to be naturalists, each to his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” - Charlotte Mason

 

I was given a copy of Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School when my oldest daughter began kindergarten. The school she was to attend follows the philosophy of a revolutionary British educator, Charlotte Mason, who lived from1842 to 1923 in The Lake District in Northwest England.

Today, my copy of For the Children’s Sake wouldn’t make it past inspection at a used bookstore. Torn, with writing and highlighted phrases on each page, it would be tossed into the “free books” pile at firstglance. However, to me it is a treasure – The Velveteen Rabbit of books. Few books have affected my life as a parent as profoundly as this one.

I hope you will visit my blog www.YourOutdoorFamily.com to read more about Charlotte Mason and her desire for children to spend time outdoors each day...

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