Honor Towards Parents

A Charlotte Mason Moment

Honor Towards Parents

Honor towards Parents – This brings us to the consideration of that education in morals which the young people must get at home, or not at all. The chief of their duties, that which should be kept always before the young, is the duty they owe to their parents; from this stem, all their other duties, to kindred, commonwealth, and neighbours, branch out; and more, they only perceive their obligations to Almighty God in proportion as they know what they owe to their human parents. (Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 5, p. 197)

A Firm Home Rule

A Charlotte Mason Moment

A Firm Home Rule

“Firmness on the mother’s part in enforcing promptness in the taking off and putting on of outdoor clothes, etc., and punctuality at meals, and in not allowing one occupation to overlap another, secures many a half-hour of pleasant leisure for the young people, and has the double advantage of also making them feel themselves under a firm home rule.” (Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 5, pp. 195-196)

Let the Mother Insist

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Let the Mother Insist

“But, if the schoolgirl is to get two or three hours intact [for play], she will owe it to her mother’s firmness as much as to her good management. In the first place, that the school tasks be done, and done well, in the assigned time, should be a most fixed law. The young people will maintain that it is impossible, but let the mother insist; she will thereby cultivate the habit of attention, the very key to success in every pursuit, as well as secure for her children’s enjoyment.” (Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 5, p. 195)

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Form the Habit of Getting Nourishment Out of Books

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Give Children the Sort of Books They Can Live Upon.

“. . . And, what is more, the boy who has not formed the habit of getting nourishment out of his books in school-days does not, afterwards, see the good of reading. He has not acquired, in an intellectual sense, the art of reading, so he cannot be said to have lost it; and he goes through life an imperfect person, with the best and most delightful of his powers latent or maimed. Why in the world should we not give children, while they are at school, the sort of books they can live upon; books alive with thought and feeling, and delight in knowledge, instead of the miserable cram-books on which they are starved?” (Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 5, p. 291)

Education Is An Atmosphere

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We Should Take Into Account the Educational Value of His/Her Natural Home Atmosphere

“By the saying, EDUCATION IS AN ATMOSPHERE, it is not meant 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.” (Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 5, preface pp. 5-6)