As we studied Charlotte Mason’s principles, time and time again we weren’t just given tools for classroom practices, but also the means to develop a rich and full life. We realized that Mason’s principle that Children are Persons, applies equally to Mothers. Mothers are persons too! Mason’s ideas began to effect Moms’ habits in all sorts of areas outside their “school-time.”
Our homes became more orderly and de-cluttered—we found that Mason’s ideas fit so nicely with books on home management, like Marie Kondo’s, Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Jennifer Scott’s At Home with Madame Chic and Sally Clarkson’s The Life-Giving Home.
We fed our families different food with a different atmosphere—meals were often taken al fresco, more simply and wholesome, more thought to its presentation.
Our leisure time was spent differently: we took up new handicrafts for ourselves, started common-place books, and started a wide range of reading.
We fell in love with Vintage Children’s books and also for searching for the best new publications that fit the definition of a living book.
We realized we needed “spaces to think” and so we simplified our schedules, our meal plans, our wardrobes, cutting back and scaling down to create margin.
Our eyes were opened to beauty and we began to see it in art, music, and poetry, yes. But also in math, a caterpillar, a dandelion, and our children as persons.
We all love the anecdote shared in The Story of Charlotte Mason by Essex Cholmondley. She tells of the young teacher newly arrived at Ambleside: “…I was interviewed by Miss Mason who asked me for what purpose I had come. I replied: ‘I have come to learn to teach.’ Then Miss Mason said: ‘My Dear, you have come to learn how to live.’”
This is what we want to share with you! Through the profound writing of Charlotte Mason, day-by-day, we are “Learning How to Live.” We hope that Mason’s ideas will be as life-giving to your family as it has been to ours.
We’d love to hear from you!
For those of you who know Charlotte Mason, how has she taught you how to live?
For those of you who are new to Mason, what are you most interested in learning more about?