flotsam & jetsam
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flotsam & jetsam

I thought I’d add a new regular feature here at ladydusk thinking through the things that have come to the surface over the past week (or so). I’ve often enjoyed those amalgamation posts where small thoughts are gathered and smooshed. I almost called the feature ‘small thoughts,’ but decided to go with flotsam and jetsam…

Keeping
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Keeping

Nearly all I now about keeping is from Laurie Bestvater’s book, The Living Page. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so as soon as you can. She has done a yeoman’s work and served the CM community well with that work. There are, in that book, many practices. Many are flexible….

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Let’s talk about Authority and Docility

Eep. I recently began Charlotte Mason’s third volume, School Education, and it’s quite a kick in the pants right from the start. She comes out strongly, discussing just what is authority and how it can be rightly used. Let’s back up. Her first two principles define what a person is, but the third and forth…

Book Review: Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason
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Book Review: Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason

Parents and Children by Charlotte M. Mason My rating: 5 of 5 stars Not a once and done book. So many counter-cultural ways at looking at parenting, childhood, and virtue. Definitely one to reread many times, wish I’d read it earlier and oftener. Maybe even before children. View all my reviews

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Book Review: Minds More Awake by Anne White

Minds More Awake: The Vision of Charlotte Mason by Anne E. White My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! 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…

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Book Review: Know and Tell by Karen Glass

  Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass My rating: 4 of 5 stars Super helpful introduction to narration and how it can lead naturally into composition. We’ve always done narration in one form or another but had gotten stuck in written narration and not transitioning well to more formal writing. Chapter…

Scaffolding is Life
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Scaffolding is Life

We ended the last post in the series with, “Good habits matter to the life of ideas.” Mason’s third is tool: “Education is a life. In saying that “education is a life,” the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have…

Scaffolding is Discipline
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Scaffolding is Discipline

Scaffolding also utilizes the discipline of habit. Scaffolding is evenly spaced, carefully layered, intentionally constructed. Mason’s habit-building is so done, too. Mason says, By “education is a discipline,” we mean the discipline of habits, formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body. Physiologists tell us of the adaptation of brain structures to habitual…