Why I Didn’t Want My Child in My Science Class by Shannon Goods


In my past life, I was a high school chemistry teacher.  I lasted the proverbial five years for a new teacher, and then happily quit to stay home with my own newborn child.  I imagine I began as the stereotypical new teacher–young, enthusiastic, full of ideas and passion for my subject.  By the end of […]

Living Science Through the Lives of Scientists by Nicole Williams


“That which has become the dominant idea of one person’s life, if it be launched suddenly at another, conveys no very great depth or weight of meaning to the second person — he wants to get at it by degrees, to see the steps by which the other has traveled” (Charlotte Mason, Home Education, p.97). Charlotte […]

Natural History: Implementing Special Studies by Nicole Williams


Nature study conjures up such lovely images: children dazzled by a field of wildflowers, peering under rocks in a streambed, or showing their pressed-flower collection to an admiring grandparent.  It ranks up there with artist study and music appreciation for its beauty and life giving rejuvenation. A Charlotte Mason education can be quite rigorous, but […]

Observation 4 by Carroll and Andra Smith


In trying to grasp Mason’s understanding of education as the science of relations we are met with her profound views of observation and its essential interconnectedness with real knowing and relationship.  In past blogs I have pondered some ideas about observation, especially in the natural world and then in the last blog, Anna and I tried to […]

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