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Simple Charlotte Mason

May 14, 2012

“…my object is to show that the chief function of the child–his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life–is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses…”
― Charlotte Mason

I find it so important in our family learning that books, pictures, quotes, scripture and nature is visible to the children (and Mama!) as much as possible.  We’re blessed to have our little learning cabin that has big windows looking out onto flourishing trees that we’ve planted and we can watch the garden birds that regularly visit our bird table.

On the inside I display the children’s art work, we have maps, memorabilia from countries that Dave has visited and we’ve developed what I like to call our ‘memory board’ (pictured above), this is my way of incorporating scripture and poetry memorisation, our catechism questions for the week, lyrics of a song or hymn we’re learning and this weeks picture study (I usually display this after we’ve done art appreciation and the children have narrated the picture).  If all goes to plan (smile) I change the board every week!

It’s as simple as that…it’s just taken me a few years to figure it out!

“Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind.” Charlotte Mason

So how do you encourage and inspire memorisation and recitation in your home?

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