Reflections on a Day in a Large Room by Dr.Cindy Swicegood


Reader Beware: This blogpost is an unabashedly enthusiastic advertisement for the immersion sessions at the CMI conference (Wednesday, June 15, 2016). Immersion is an invaluable aid to learning to employ Charlotte Mason’s philosophy.  I recently had the pleasure of spending a day with four of our Canadian friends—a day in which they and their children […]

Event Reminders and Some Thoughts about Poetry as We Prepare for Mason’s Poetry by Carroll Smith


This week’s blog posts will be a series of posts taken from Mason’s The Saviour of the World, Volume I, The Holy Infancy.  My desire is to post daily between now and into the New Year some selections from her poetry about the life of the Messiah.  The first of these will be posted later today.  […]

The Broad Curriculum by Dr. John Thorley


I am writing from a very wet and windy Cumbria. So wet in fact that much of the county of Cumbria has been flooded during the past week, and there is yet more rain to come. Several towns have been flooded to a depth of over a metre, over 7,000 homes have been badly damaged, […]

A Couple Hundred Pictures by Bonnie Buckingham


I forget the name of my favorite but I sure don’t forget its beauty (a 12 year old).   Charlotte Mason said paintings would “hang in the halls of her imagination.”  “How do we prepare a child, again, to use the aesthetic sense with which he appears to come provided? His education should furnish him […]

A November Check-Up by Liz Cottrill


Most of us relish the prospect of setting out for something new, when the promise of glorious conquests or destinations fills our sails with fresh aspirations, and winds of exhilaration carry us out onto the grand sea of imagined success and untold possibilities. Soon enough, the gusts of enthusiasm of first days die down and […]

The Tie that Binds: Charlotte Mason’s Devotional by Nancy Kelly


Encouraging text messages from across the country, winsome commonplace entries on Facebook, decorative chalkboard memes, and old-school snail mail notes are just a few of the ways my friends have used quotes from the newly reprinted edition of The Cloud of Witness to bind us together despite the distances between us. Imagine reading the same […]

Learning Sloyd by Camille Malucci


Twelve 8-year-olds sit nearly silent in a room with me and await my next instruction. “Place your ruler at the left edge of your paper and measure out six inches. Place a dot at the six inch mark.” Rulers are taken in hand, the shuffle of wood against paper begins, and pencils are put to […]

Discovering Kindred Spirits of the Mason Philosophy in Contemporary Educationalists by Lisa Cadora


Those of you who read this blog regularly and attend the CMI annual conference each summer know my obsession with discovering kindred spirits of the Mason philosophy in contemporary writers, thinkers, and educators. It thrills me to no end to come upon 21st century corroboration of what Charlotte knew to be true of human learning […]

A Bookless Education is a Contradiction in Terms by Shannon Whiteside


You know you are a Charlotte Mason educator if your bookshelves are overflowing and spilling onto your floor, into baskets, and every other corner of your home. Mason understood the power of books to instruct and inspire children, and therefore well-written books were the foundation of her curriculum. Perhaps it seems too simple. How can […]

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