The importance of reverent attitudes

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“The importance of reverent attitudes is a little apt to be overlooked in these days. We are, before all things, sincere, and are afraid to insist upon ‘mere forms’, feeling it best to leave the child to the natural expression of his own emotions. Here perhaps we are wrong, as it is just as true to say that the form gives birth to the feeling as that the feeling should give birth to the form.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 3, p. 141)

Offering our very best in praise

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“The singing of hymns at home and of the hymns and canticles in church should be a special delight; and the habit of soft and reverent singing, of offering our very best in praise, should be carefully formed.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 3, p. 143)

Strengthen the power of initiative in your child

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“The constraining power [of the parent] should be present, but passive, so that the child may not feel himself hemmed in without choice. That free-will of man which has for ages exercised faithful souls who would prefer to be compelled into all righteousness and obedience, is after all a pattern for parents. The child who is good because he must be so, loses in power of initiative more than he gains in seemly behavior. Every time a child feels that he chooses to obey of his own accord, his power of initiative is strengthened.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 3, p. 31)

The habit of attention is of supreme importance

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“To explain why this habit [Attention] is of such supreme importance, we must consider the operation of one or two of the laws of thought. But just recall, in the meantime, the fixity of attention with which the trained professional man – the lawyer, the doctor, the man of letters – listens to a roundabout story, throws out the padding, seizes the facts, sees the bearing of every circumstance, and puts the case with new clearness and method; and contrast this with the wandering eye and random replies of the uneducated; – and you see that to differentiate people according to their power of attention is to employ a legitimate test.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 1, p. 137)

The Habit of Attention

Reflection, the ruminating power which is so strongly developed in children

A Charlotte Mason Moment: 

“Reflection, the ruminating power which is so strongly developed in children and is somehow lost with much besides of the precious cargo they bring with them into the world. There is nothing sadder than the way we allow intellectual impressions to pass over the surface of our minds, without any effort to retain or assimilate.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 3, p. 120)