Sorry this posting is so late, friends! Tonight was my first evening leading a neighborhood discussion on nature study. The meeting was fruitful and blessed! I love seeing children get away from phones/screens and be children :) On to chapter 31... I loved this chapter! From beginning to end we are reminded of many truths. I highlighted a few. " Charlotte Mason and Charles Dickens both came from poor families that bought books with their spare change". I don't know exactly why but that phrase spoke to me. As homeschool moms, we walk a different path then other moms. I remember for so many years, our family sacrificed to buy books. We made a priority to provide good "food" to our children and we still do. When I created the Kindergarten curriculum, I also intended for families to build living book libraries. I believe as Charlotte Mason mothers, books will be our "right hand" in many ways. I've never regretting the sacrifices we have made to buy books.. Other notes I made in this chapter: Charles Dickens admits to learning very little in school ( Interested me ) His love of reading inspired him and he set out to be self-educated Both Charlotte Mason and Dickens were mostly self-educated Members of Charlotte's PNEU were doing their part to reform England's education system. ( I feel this way about all of us, we are living in a time of educational despair. Our jobs as home educators is to live out Charlotte's methods and help others along the way. I believe we are living in a sort of renaissance of true education) The way Dickens displayed rough school masters as the villains was interesting to me. That rigid atmosphere, which included physical punishment, is what Charlotte Mason was trying to combat. Another reason for bringing Dickens into the homeschool is that his characters had a strong regard for home. ( agree ) A child need not comprehend ever jot and tittle. We have talked about this before but it's worth stating again :) On a personal note, I love Charles Dickens. Outside of " A Christmas Carol" I had zero exposure to Dickens UNTIL I became a homeschool mom! Homeschool woke my heart up. I began craving literature as started reading Dickens works on my own. I loved David Copperfield as it is Dickens on biography. What did you think of this chapter? :)
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