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School Education: Developing A Curriculum

(Original Homeschooling #3)

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School Education', the third volume of Charlotte Mason's Homeschooling Series, consists of thoughts about the teaching and curriculum of children aged 9-12, either at school or at home. She suggests that parents should practice what she calls "masterly inactivity"-not neglectful or permissive parenting, but simply allowing children to work things out for themselves, do thi ...more
Published October 1st 1989 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1905)
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Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My fourth completed Mason volume and perhaps my favorite. So practical, she builds her case carefully from right uses of authority through the curriculum, ending with samples of student work and Mason-trained teachers' lessons.

I loved reading it a chapter a (week)day and discussing with a friend. That was incredibly helpful for getting much out of it. I think this volume will be one I revisit often.
Cindy Rollins
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first time I read this since joining Goodreads although I thought I read it recently. Excellent summary of Charlotte Mason's ideas. Tremendously helpful. ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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It took almost 5 years to read this?! Well, that’s not a reflection of the book. I would give this 4.5 stars out of 5. There were a few places a bit more explanation would have helped me. But the principles are the fundamental aspects to understand. This book gives more insight on how to apply them more specifically. It includes appendices with very helpful questions and examples.
I want to start reading it again right now!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wtr-in-2019
I will probably give anything Charlotte Mason writes a 5 star review. Her words are always applicable, intensely practical and the best philosophy of education out there. It still shocks me that this woman who operated her teaching schools at the turn of the century got everything so right. So many times I read her words and say, yes, that is happening today, just like she said.
Jaquelle Ferris
This isn't my very favorite Charlotte Mason volume, but that could be because it's not as immediately relevant to my context as some of her other volumes. Still, I LOVE Mason's principles and find so much wisdom in her educational philosophy. I look forward to re-reading this when my daughter gets older! ...more
Angie Libert
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Mason is simply brilliant. I would give this book 15 stars, for each of the three times I have read this, if that were an option.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, nonfiction
These are books I dabble in--rarely reading one volume straight through from beginning to end. I tend to check chapters off in the table of contents as I have time to read them.

I rate this a "5 star" because that's generally how I feel about CM's works and why I come back to them. But this one is probably the most directly "educational" and less applicable to those who aren't dabbling in education to some degree or another. That being said, it's very practical for those of us who ARE in educati
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The middle of this was a tougher slog than volumes one and two, but the appendices more than made up for it! The sample exam questions & children's responses, plus specific oral lessons, are exactly what I needed to see at this point. Possibly my favorite in the series thus far. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
"Even where our sentiment is warm, our religious notions are lax; and children, the children of good, religious parents, grow up without that intimate, ever-open, ever-cordial, ever-corresponding relation with Almighty God, which is the very fulfillment of life" ~CM

This book like most of it's predecessors, was a delightful surprise. I was expecting this to be concerning what my modern, millennial dictionary defined as "school". How pleasant was it to be completely changed in the way that it actu
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Charlotte Mason Home Education Series.
This one was full of practical advice for implementing this method of education. It starts out with some more habits (authority and docility, masterly inactivity), explains some of the philosophy behind the method and then provides details on what a lesson should look and feel like.

At the back it has some sample exam questions and answers for all the levels.

Highly recommend to any Charlotte Mason followers.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This volume clarifies the concepts of "education is the science of relations" and masterly inactivity, among other things.

The appendices provide a lot of practical information as far as school subjects and time tables. The sample examination answers from "average students" are remarkable.
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Most of this book was really hard to get through. If you're looking for info that directly effects your homeschool, skip to chapter 15. All that's before that is a lot of information of educational theories of the 19th and early 20th century. ...more
Amanda Patchin
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish she wrote in a more focused way, but her ideas are rich and helpful if you wade through the sometimes obscure examples and digressions.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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So much food for thought. Must refer back to appendices for the oral lesson examples.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy this series. I wish I would have read it years ago. Better late then never. Here are some favorite quotes:

{Children need} a good deal of letting alone.

The effort of decision is the greatest effort of life.

We know that 'one custom overcometh another,' and that one idea supplant another. We do not give up a child to be selfish, or greedy, or lazy.

Children have no natural appetite for twaddle, and special literature for children is probably far less necessary that the booksellers
Catherine Gillespie
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Whereas the first time I read the book I think I read it with an eye toward how habits impact character and lay groundwork, now I have a better perspective on how habits can really help the routine of school and life to run more smoothly.

I say that because although I’ve continued to focus on habits as character training, I have failed to focus on them as a means to smooth our days and make school easier on us all.

{Read my full review here}
Meredith referred me to a spot in here a couple weeks ago, and I've been skipping around and enjoying a lot in here. Have only read Vol. 1 and 6....and this one is a bit more "fun" and I haven't figured out why. ...more
Rochelle Brown
Charlotte Mason was an outstanding educator. It is to our shame that our teachers do not use her methods today. Much would be improved in our country if we did.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an excellent encouragement to me as I work on next year's school plans. Miss Mason's methods contain so much wisdom! ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Charlotte Mason. You complete me my educational philosophy.
Ami McNay
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, education
I think this is my favorite of all her volumes.
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Charlotte Mason, a renowned British educator, lived during the turn of the 20th century. She turned the idea of education being something of utilitarian necessity into an approach based upon living ideas. She believed that education is "an atmosphere, a discipline, a life" and a "science of relations." Her methods are embraced around the world today, especially among the homeschool community. ...more

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