Charlotte Mason Lite

Hi, fellow homeschool moms!

Veterans and newbies alike: come one, come all. If you have been hearing things about the Charlotte Mason Approach that have made you wonder if it’s right for your family, check out this article.

Learn some of the basics of the Charlotte Mason Approach and how to apply them to your homeschool plans. Find out how to take baby steps and just try one thing at a time. Check out the simple ways that I did things in a Charlotte Mason way but didn’t follow a rigid plan or schedule. I just applied the elements of it that I considered the most important and effective.

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Thought Breeds Thought

How do we accomplish the physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual growth of our children?

According to Charlotte Mason in Volume 6 of Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series, called “Philosophy of Education” in chapter 4:

Knowledge Appeals to and Nourishes the Mind

“If knowledge means so much to us, “What is knowledge?” the reader asks. We can give only a negative answer. Knowledge is not instruction, information, scholarship, a well-stored memory. It is passed, like the light of a torch, from mind to mind, and the flame can be kindled at original minds only. Thought, we know, breeds thought; it is as vital thought touches our minds that our ideas are vitalized, and out of our ideas comes our conduct of life.

The case for reform hardly needs demonstration, but now we begin to see the way of reform. The direct and immediate impact of great minds upon his own mind is necessary to the education of a child. Most of us can get into touch with original minds chiefly through books; and if we want to know how far a school provides intellectual sustenance for its scholars, we may ask to see the list of books in reading during the current term. If the list be short, the scholar will not get enough mind-stuff; if the books are not various, his will not be an all-round development; if they are not original, but compiled at second hand, he will find no material in them for his intellectual growth. Again, if they are too easy and too direct, if they tell him straight away what he is to think, he will read, but he will not appropriate.

Just as a man has to eat a good dinner in order that his physical energies may be stimulated to select and secrete that small portion which is vital to him, so must the intellectual energies be stimulated to extract what the individual needs by a generous supply, and also by a way of presentation that is not obvious. We have the highest authority for the indirect method of teaching proper to literature, and especially to poetry. The parables of Christ remain dark sayings; but what is there more precious in the world’s store of knowledge?”

In other words, when we introduce our children to great thoughts and ideas, they proceed to think great thoughts themselves. They make connections when they see something that reminds them of another thing that they learned or experienced. Thought breeds thought.

We need to present “vital” thoughts to our children, thoughts that challenge, inspire, excite, and spark imagination. Ideas and thoughts are to the mind as food is to the body. Our mind feeds on thoughts. We need to give our children good mind food. And then the thoughts that come from those ideas will cause growth.


Questioning Social Norms

Questioning social norms

Posted by Changed By Love on Friday, July 5, 2019

In this video, Shawn and I talked about how important it is to think for yourself and question the things that you have just accepted without thinking deeply about why you believe it. There are many things that we think or do just because everybody else does them. Or because it’s tradition or the way it has always been done.

We challenge everyone to question the things you believe, to measure and consider where those beliefs are getting you and how effective they really are.

Come along with us and get in on the discussion of “Questioning Social Norms”.

Life is All About God

Life is All About God

Everything that happens in life is meant to make us more like Jesus. We are being refined, purified, pruned, and purged so that we can carry His glory. We are called to be holy. As a believer what could be more important than pleasing God, living for him, walking with him, talking with him, and loving him? We are meant to enjoy him! And he wants to enjoy us.

The things of Earth grow strangely dim when we’re looking at Him, talking with Him, seeing the heavenly vision.
There is so much more to our existence than what we see here with our eyes and experience with our physical senses and our natural understanding.

Your life is valuable. You are here for a reason. God made you so He could love you. So give Him His due and make your Life All About God.


The Holistic Mindset by Penney and Shawn

Shawn and I talked about  Gratitude and Hope and changing your attitude and being unperturbed and not upset about life when things don’t go the way you wanted them to. Things didn’t go the way we wanted when we started recording this video. We had no volume at first and didn’t even know it until a viewer told us that there was no sound! We could have given up. We had already talked for 20 minutes! But we persevered, and our second video was better than the first!

We talked about how Gratitude and Hope are related.  And lots of other good stuff!

Check out more of our videos on my YouTube channel at Safe Haven Homeschooling.