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Charlotte Mason Poetry is dedicated to promoting Charlotte Mason's living ideas. We strive to share an authentic interpretation of Mason’s life work through a combination of original and vintage articles by a wide variety of authors. Our team draws from and transcribes many rare and wonderful documents from the PNEU many of which cannot be found anywhere else on the web.

Charlotte Mason Poetry is dedicated to promoting Charlotte Mason's living ideas. We strive to share an authentic interpretation of Mason’s life work through a combination of original and vintage articles by a wide variety of authors. Our team draws from and transcribes many rare and wonderful documents from the PNEU many of which cannot be found anywhere else on the web.
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Charlotte Mason Poetry is dedicated to promoting Charlotte Mason's living ideas. We strive to share an authentic interpretation of Mason’s life work through a combination of original and vintage articles by a wide variety of authors. Our team draws from and transcribes many rare and wonderful documents from the PNEU many of which cannot be found anywhere else on the web.

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The Method of Narration

1/21/2020
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Editor’s Note, by Dawn Rhymer Asking our children to narrate is deceptively hard. It seems like such a simple question: “Tell me what you heard.” How can something so simple possibly end in tears, disappointment, a sense of failure, and even anger? As I have spoken on narration over the past four years, my greatest …

Duration:00:18:19

A Walk in January

1/14/2020
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Editor’s Note: In her final volume, Towards a Philosophy of Education, Charlotte Mason summarized the nature work assigned to children of Form II: They are expected to do a great deal of out-of-door work in which they are assisted by The Changing Year, admirable month by month studies of what is to be seen out-of-doors. …

Duration:00:23:47

The Story of “Home Education”

1/7/2020
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In 1885, Charlotte Mason was a published author who had written several books on geography, but not on the general topic of education. Nevertheless, she had gained a great deal of experience from teaching at the Davison School and the Bishop Otter Memorial College. She had also read many books, both scientific and spiritual, and …

Duration:00:13:32

Life’s Decisions

12/31/2019
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Editor’s Note. One way that Charlotte Mason revolutionized education was by taking seriously the fact that a great portion of our thinking is “automatic.” She wrote: Thought is, for the most part, automatic. We think, without intention or effort, as we have been accustomed to think, just as we walk or write without any conscious …

Duration:00:10:48

A Visit to Winterland

12/24/2019
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Editor’s Note: From time to time I am asked about the place of creative writing in a Charlotte Mason education. It turns out that in the days of “Aunt Mai’s Budget,” creative writing took a most vibrant and visible place. “Aunt Mai’s Budget” was the special children’s section of The Parents’ Review which ran from …

Duration:00:27:41

The Religious Training of Children at Home

12/17/2019
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Editor’s Note: By the time the May, 1917 issue of The Parents’ Review went to print, planning for the upcoming “Baby Number” was well underway. In that May issue, Henrietta Franklin wrote, “We are anxious to compile a list for publication in the July (Baby) number of the Parents’ Review. Suggestions should reach me before …

Duration:00:27:57

All Important Things

12/10/2019
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In the introduction to her devotional that accompanies the Gospel of John, Charlotte Mason penned these words: All important things are simple, and I often bear this in mind as we go about our days, whether we are gathered at the kitchen table for lessons or taking to the halls of our local art gallery. …

Duration:00:17:36

The Training of the Artistic Perception

12/3/2019
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Editor’s Note, by Maria Bell In 1896, the PNEU recommended a book which remains in publication today, A Manual of Clay-Modelling: “The instructions are very clear and good, the plates admirable, and the list of suggested models is exceedingly helpful to the teacher. The preface, by Mr. [T.G.] Rooper, deserves great attention as setting forth …

Duration:00:37:44

The Child in the Garden

11/26/2019
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Editor’s Note: Elizabeth Agnes Smith was born in 1884[1] and graduated from the House of Education twenty years later.[2] She was active in the alumnae association,[3] and in 1911 she married the Rev. Richard Bevan Pyper.[4] In 1912 the couple had their first child, followed by a second in 1915.[5] Elizabeth passed along her enthusiasm …

Duration:00:15:53

The Teaching of Mathematics to Young Children

11/19/2019
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Editor’s Note, by Richele Baburina In 1909, the ink barely dry on her diploma from the University of London, a young woman by the name of Irene Stephens traveled north to join Charlotte Mason’s House of Education.[1] Her role at Ambleside was twofold—with a degree in mathematics and astronomy, she would serve as Lecturer in …

Duration:00:56:27

Reading in the Nursery

11/12/2019
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Editor’s Note: The July 1917 issue of The Parents’ Review was the “Baby Number,” dedicated to giving parents guidance for the early years. Charlotte Mason called upon several trusted thinkers and friends to contribute articles discussing activities for children younger than age six, when “definite lessons should begin.”[1] To treat the topic of books for …

Duration:00:20:13

From the Cell to the World

11/5/2019
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A question I commonly hear from home educators (both men and women) is how to integrate spirituality with the mundane tasks of home and work life. The Preacher of Ecclesiastes said that God has “set eternity in the hearts of men” (3:11, NIV). At some time or another we all crave a deeper and richer …

Duration:00:41:03

Nature in the Nursery

10/29/2019
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Editor’s Note: Charlotte Mason wrote in Home Education that “At six or seven, definite lessons should begin.”[1] What then for children younger than six? Is there a Charlotte Mason education for them? The question has prompted endless discussion and debate. Fortunately, Mason herself provided some clarity back in 1917. As the editor of The Parents’ …

Duration:00:16:32

Art and Handcraft

10/22/2019
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Editor’s Note: In 1836, the Home and Colonial School Society established a teacher training school modeled after the ideas of Swiss educational reformer Johan Pestalozzi. The school’s first teacher was Elizabeth Mayo, an educational reformer with the distinction of being the first woman ever employed in England to train teachers. Twenty-four years later, the college …

Duration:00:15:32

Music Appreciation in the 21st Century

10/15/2019
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In my previous article I shared some reflections and conclusions from my research into music appreciation in the PNEU. Many of you do not need to be convinced to include music appreciation using Miss Mason’s methods. Instead your question is, “What do I do now?” How can we apply what we have learned from the …

Duration:00:53:55

The Teaching of Scripture

10/8/2019
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Editor’s Note: From time to time I am asked about apparent contradictions in Charlotte Mason’s writings. For example, we are told that narrations are to be in the child’s own words. And yet when it comes to Bible lessons, Mason says that while narrating, the child should be “keeping as close as he can to …

Duration:00:15:01

Picture Study

10/1/2019
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Editor’s Note: Marjorie Evans graduated from the House of Education in 1899.[1] Six years later her first article appeared in The Parent’s Review, entitled “Beauty as a Factor in Education.”[2] The following year “[s]he, with Laura Faunce, started the first Girls’ P.N.E.U. Day School in London.”[3] Shortly thereafter she returned to the pages of The …

Duration:00:15:14

How We Teach Citizenship

9/24/2019
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Editor’s Note: Laura Faunce graduated from the House of Education in 1899. “Trained by Miss Mason herself, she made her principles her own and her lessons were delightful and appreciated by her pupils, as were the addresses which she gave from time to time to PNEU audiences.” One of those addresses we share today: our fourth in …

Duration:00:16:29

How We Teach Geography

9/17/2019
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Editor’s note: Janet Smith graduated from the House of Education in 1911.[1] As a student there she met friends for life. In 1913 we find her at an “Old Students’ Meeting,” encouraging former classmate Daphne Chaplin to lead the small gathering of alumnae in “Morris dancing.”[2] By 1914 she was already on the Executive Committee …

Duration:00:17:26

Our Principles

9/10/2019
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Editor’s note: In May of 1922, the alumnae of the House of Education gathered in the Lake District for the Ambleside Old Students’ Association conference. The educators were not to be disappointed, because Miss Mason herself was scheduled to speak. On May 1 at 11:30 AM she came forward to address the assembly. Did she know she had …

Duration:00:11:31