Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Welcome to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!

In this latest edition, hosted right here at Barefoot Voyage, you will find articles that inspire, challenge and encourage from women seeking to follow Charlotte Mason's sound advice:

"Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind."

Rebecca at Leaving Footprints, gives us alternatives to oral narrations, showing how a mother's careful observation reveals her children engaged in that "act of knowing" in The Many Forms of Narration in Pictures. Masterpiece Mom is proof that the method of narration works as well for the mother as for the child, as she tells us in her own words What is CM? at Masterpiece Theater.

Charlotte Mason considered the method of narration as old as the mind of man, likening its power to the striking of a vein of gold.
Becky, from the Golden Acorn Homeschool considers the Beauty of Narration, while Katie, from Katie's Homeschool Cottage, discusses Other Uses of Narration, including end of semester exams, high school essays and time-lines.

Charlotte Mason appealed to the beauty and truth of Mathematics, stating that its poor instruction was due to the inability to "give the inspiring ideas...which should quicken the imagination." (Vol. 6 p. 233). Renae will inspire you with What We Need to Do in a Day, as they learn to number their days at Life Nurturing Education. They are Living Math and Loving It over at Sunrise to Sunset, where Martha shows her family having fun with Charlotte's methods.

Charlotte Mason discusses Geography in terms of imagination and delight. Our adventurous traveler, Jeanne, gives us an equally delightful panoramic view of Charlotte and Geography at A Peaceful Day.

I can safely say that no one has done more for helping me and my children establish relationships with The Arts than Charlotte Mason. Musical Appreciation is, in Charlotte's words, enjoying listening to music with understanding and Jill testifies to that in her post on American Music at Praiseworthy Things.

Did you know children at the Parents' Union School were sometimes asked to write in verse about a person or an event? Michelle, at An Organized Mess, shares Charlotte Mason's influence in their home in A Proud Mama Shows Off.

I also hope you will join me on our family's Barefoot Voyage as I share Charlotte's "Open Sesame" to Art Appreciation in Art Appreciation - Picture Talks.

Charlotte Mason loved to use food as metaphor in her writings. Anna, at French Kids Don't Get Fat, gives us an interesting look at the science of relations while telling us Why A Child’s Place is In the Kitchen: Relating To and Through Food.

Speaking of food, Charlotte Mason does not want us to be "mere instruments(s) of forcible intellectual feeding" (Vol. 1 p. 32) and Barb, at Harmony Art Mom, sums up for us her own thoughts and experience of the method of self-education in Good Books and Self-Education.

As mothers, we are encouraged by Charlotte Mason to become mistresses of information on Nature, to offer key knowledge in opening the book of nature to children. Jimmie, at Jimmie's Collage reminds us that God reveals Himself through nature, in Nature Study - the Duty of Christian Homeschoolers .

Barb at Handbook of Nature Study shows us the rewards of their efforts in Making Your Backyard a Wildlife Habitat and Home4School follows Charlotte's advice to never let slip an opportunity to cultivate the power to classify in Can I Use the Microscope? at Charlotte Mason Homeschooling.

As we wrap up our first official year of homeschool, I want to thank all of you that contribute to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival either by facilitating, submitting articles or by visiting and enjoying them. As someone without CM'ers in my physical locality, the Carnival has been a great encouragement to me.

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 2 Timothy 1:5


Jeanne said...

Wow! You've got some good stuff together here! I feel so far behind in my cyberspace world, but refuse to be a slave to my computer... I look forward to wandering s l ow l y through all of your selections here as I get back into real life once more.

Love to all - Jemimah will answer Max's letter as soon as she gets back from dance this evening.

Rebecca said...

I look forward to reading! Thanks!!

MomCO3 said...

Looks like a feast! I look forward to digging in. Thank you.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Excellent carnival this time! Thank you so much for making the carnival so beautiful to view.

I have posted a link at the AmbleRamble Yahoo group.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Pauline said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this Charlotte Mason Carnival. The posts were great reading, you presented it beautifully and I have really learned a lot! Thank you very much for hosting!
Blessings, Pauline

Sarah said...

Looking forward to diving in to this sea of gems once again. Well done...Sarah xxx

{ jamie's cottage } said...

The past week or so has been much busier than usual, so I just finished reading all the entries. Thanks so much for hosting a beautiful carnival!