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Minds More Awake: The Vision of Charlotte Mason

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To open the door to the treasures (and the treasuring) of knowledge is to set children on the journey to an intentional, purposeful life. Anne White's exploration of Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy focuses on two "power tools," the Way of the Will and the Way of the Reason. She examines the ways in which Mason's principles are made practical, from mathematics to c ...more
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Published August 7th 2015 by Anne White (first published July 27th 2015)
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Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I really loved this. I've had it for years and kept putting it off - a decision I now regret.

It was great for a cursory read, but I'm going to start it again because I know there are depths to be plumbed.

Anne has written a lovely, thought provoking introduction to Charlotte Mason's ideas using PNEU materials, her own experience, and her own wide reading to bind ideas and practices together to give moms a view of what can be, of how to awaken minds - ours and our children('s).

She starts w
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should be read with " for the children sakes " and right before diving in head first on Charlotte Mason 6 volumes.

Minds More Awake, is a great overview of the phisolophy of education but written with personal touches and in a way that makes you feel you are sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a chat with a close friend chatting over her experience of how Miss Mason has transform her life and her homeschool.

And like always, Anne has quoted some great books that I haven't read yet and my
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I've had this since it was first released but it's taken me til now (3 years) to read it. Don't wait if you haven't read this and you are interested in the Charlotte Mason philosophy. It has its focus on the Way of the Will and the Way of Reason, showing how this relates to the whole of CM's goal and aim in education.
It is written simply so that the reader isn't intimidated by educational jargon, without dumbing down the relevant information to be had. Anne White has a somewhat subtl
Cindy Rollins
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is the brilliant Anne White's contribution to the Charlotte Mason genre and it is a lovely picture of her own efforts and reasons for pursuing a CM education with her children starting with her stumbling upon For the Children's Sake in a church nursery one day. Anne is a treasure and I hope her contributions will be valued in the CM community for a long, long time. ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. A perfect blend of the philosophy and being practical. I enjoy Anne's writing style and this book is no different. An excellent addition to the books on Charlotte Mason. This will be my go to book for anyone wanting to learn more about the CM method. ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ao-heo, education
Lovely book, Anne White. Thank you for writing it.
Quotes will be entering my quote book and I will share them on Goodreads when I get a chance.
Very helpful and timely.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Anne White did a wonderful job sharing her thoughts on Charlotte Mason's methods and making it more relevant. Mason's methodology is more than a list of books as most of us already know. I chose this method for our family because it spoke to my heart and now, after reading this book, the method has taken deeper root. I knew education was a lifestyle and I wanted my family to be life long learners. Now I'm more awake to opportunities not only in my home but outside. I'm inspired to share the love ...more
Katherine Blackford
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this look at the Charlotte Mason education. I read about 10 mins every morning and it was challenging enough to give me pause to think but so very understandable and helped me put practical application on so many of the big areas of CM, like Plutarch, language, and math. I would recommend for any CM momma who needs something lighter than the volumes for a time but still very true to Mason's work and method. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We can't learn for a child. We are not to think for him. And we are not to rob him of any opportunity that he has to put in his own real effort, personal power, into moral action, whether that is remembering to close the door or keep his temper in check. The more practice he gets, the more those muscles will develop -or not. He needs to work on saying yes or no to "initial ideas". Taking time to help. Standing up for someone weaker. Being brave instead of complaining."

"Education gives us minds
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Ann White and done an excellent job in sharing some of CM philosophy of education how she used it in her own home. This is one that I would come back and read again after I finish the original 6 vol of CM.
I find that A Charlotte Mason Companion gives a bit more practical ideas for implementing a CM Education.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and very encouraging. I'm not sure if it is because of the virus and the drag of life, ironically being very busy, or it being our tenth year homeschooling, or perhaps a combination of all of those things, but homeschooling, which I have always loved, has become suddenly much harder. This book encouraged me to keep on, that what we are doing here at home is so much bigger than Education. It's about Ideas and learning to truly appreciate life with wonder.
It's a great book for
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciated Anne White's perspective on Charlotte Mason. The book was readable and gave me some bits to ponder. She also makes an excellent case for why Mason valued Plutarch, and I think I might give it a go for my own sake. White has guides for Plutarch, and I will seek those out.

Book recommended for others who have interest in Charlotte Mason and are looking for some refreshment and practical ideas.
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I read this book. I sometimes found the layout and progression of ideas confusing. I started reading it with some friends who are very new to hearing about Charlotte Mason and they really struggled with it without a prior understanding of CM principles. But I loved the excerpts and quotes and some of Anne White’s stories and examples of a CM education in their real life.
Lize Barclay
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic introduction to Charlotte Mason

The first book anybody should read who wants to know more about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling and Charlotte Mason herself.The book is filled with great quotes and examples. It was an absolute joy to read given the author's experience, knowledge and great writing.

Shannon McGarvey
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
With minds more awake, we are searching not for bare facts, but for principles. Examples of wisdom, or maybe of mistakes we don’t want to repeat. “Imagination will bestir itself,” Mason repeated, and “opinions come as knowledge grows.”
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful mix of theory and practical application. A book to read slowly and thoughtfully and then to reread. I particularly appreciated the way Anne White stimulated my mind to ask questions and think deeply about so many different aspects of learning, life and children. Highly recommended!
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent, inspiring book about a Charlotte Mason education. I have underlined so many passages, and will put them in my new commonplace book this week. I would recommend this to someone who is a little intimidated by the original CM series. It is very accessible.
Emily M
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, nonfiction
A really helpful little book about Mason's philosophy. ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Excellent read. As a Homeschool Teacher who is both new to Homeschooling and Charlotte Mason, I found Anne's insights helpful. I appreciated how she was able to organize and convey the heart of a Charlotte Mason education, covering much of the philosophy without being long-winded. I have a better understanding and feel more confident as I begin the journey that Anne has nearly completed.
Annie Kate
Anne White, veteran Charlotte Mason educator and one of the developers of the comprehensive (and free) Ambleside Online curriculum had a few questions. She wondered,

“…what is it that children need to be taught in order to grow into critical thinkers, problem solvers, decision makers? How do they develop the attentiveness to fix their minds on a problem, and the creativity to solve it?”

These are, of course, basic questions for every teacher. Over a century ago Charlotte Mason, an influential Brit
Christa Bartlett
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great treatment of Charlotte Mason's belief that all students deserve an education that awakens their mind and allows them to make connections among the bits of knowledge to which they are exposed. ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
If you haven't read about Charlotte Mason Education, this is an easy book to get through. Anne White has a lot of wisdom. But there are better books out there if your time is limited. ...more
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“So we read books just because they make us happy or because they’re fun, because they will make us sound smart, because they’ll get us into college or a good job ahead of the others? Or should we use them as a practical guide to recognizing dragons? No, they show us that we have a purpose; that we can be useful in the world, and that is our pleasure. Education gives us minds more awake, and a life that is more than just passing time.” 1 likes
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