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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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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

A Physician’s Look at Charlotte Mason’s Views on Food

9/3/2019
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Background This is the second article in my series on Charlotte Mason’s health recommendations. The first article was primarily focused on Mason’s recommendations regarding the skin. This article will focus on her recommendations for food and drink. I wrote the article on skin care first because, as a board-certified dermatologist, skin is my primary area …

Duration:01:02:36

The Mind of a Child

8/27/2019
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Editor’s note: In 1917, England was at war. An important notice in the July issue of The Parents’ Review stated that due to wartime printing constraints, the August and September issues would be canceled. Five years before, Maria Montessori’s first book had appeared in English. The world was changing, and Charlotte Mason must have felt the pressure. …

Duration:00:16:18

Reflections on Music Appreciation

8/20/2019
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My last article concluded a chronological progression of music appreciation in the PNEU from its conception in 1905 through the last half of the 20th century. As I traveled on my journey through the PNEU music programmes, I reflected on my original questions. The results of my research answered many of them and prompted new …

Duration:01:06:41

Musical Appreciation

8/13/2019
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Editor’s Note, by Dawn Tull Seventeen years after her inaugural music programme, and eleven years after she wrote her last programme in 1911, Mrs. Ella Howard Glover was still contributing to music appreciation in the PNEU. She gave a lecture in 1922 at the twenty-fourth annual PUS conference on music appreciation, which was later published …

Duration:00:17:31

The Loyal Parent

8/6/2019
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There is a quality that Charlotte Mason said “is our first duty and our last duty, and includes all our duties.” She said it “is the hall-mark of character,” and that “all men are divided into two sorts”: those who have this quality and those who do not. Only the “few” have this quality, but …

Duration:00:20:58

Early Drawing Lessons

7/30/2019
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Editor’s note: Lucy Gore attended the House of Education during its first decade. While there, she enjoyed nature walks under the guidance of M. L. Hodgson, the naturalist credited with instituting the practice of nature notebooks at the school. Many years later, classmate E.C. Allen recalled a poem that Gore wrote: Now students dear, Miss …

Duration:00:14:02

Habits for Life

7/23/2019
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In 1890, Charlotte Mason wrote, “Is not physiology hurrying up with the announcement that to every man it is permitted to mould and modify his own brain?” By 1894, Mason clearly saw the implications: “Within our own time the science of Education has been absolutely revolutionised, not by educationalists, but by Physiologists, who have made …

Duration:00:55:57

Ourselves

7/16/2019
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Editor’s Note: In 1905, Charlotte Mason published the fourth volume of her Home Education Series and called it Ourselves, Our Souls and Bodies. Four years later, a teacher wrote about her experiences using the book with a class of children. Published in the 1909 Parents’ Review, this article stirs the imagination with what can be accomplished with Miss Mason’s …

Duration:00:21:41

Reminiscences

7/9/2019
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Editor’s Note: On November 26, 1948, the PNEU celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Many great figures from the PNEU were present and spoke, including Henrietta Franklin, Elizabeth Molyneux, and Elsie Kitching. One man was invited, but he was unable to attend. “How I wish that I could be at the Anniversary Luncheon to bear testimony,”[1] he wrote. Why …

Duration:00:40:47

On Teaching French To Young Children

7/2/2019
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Editor’s note: In April, 1909, Charlotte Mason hosted the Fourth Students’ Conference at Scale How, which drew fifty-five former students of the House of Education to Ambleside: In all our annals was ever a conference like this in the world before? And the days flew by, and the week was done, did ever week go so …

Duration:00:13:02

My Tongue’s Use

6/25/2019
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Editor’s Note: Mrs. Dermod O’Brien was the President of the Dublin Branch of the PNEU for many years. In the January 1943 issue of The Parents’ Review (which was published after her death) it was stated that she was “a most loyal and brilliant colleague and a most gracious personality… Her wise as well as witty …

Duration:00:51:44

The Place of Habit

6/18/2019
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Editor’s Note: In Charlotte Mason circles today, we sometimes hear the claim that Miss Mason retracted or even recanted some of her beliefs about the role of habit in education. I like to say that if that’s the case, somebody forgot to tell the rest of the PNEU. As late as 1967, an article in the PNEU …

Duration:00:15:26

A Tradition of Music Appreciation

6/11/2019
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In my first and second articles, I traced the history of music appreciation in the PNEU from its commencement in 1905 all the way to 1924, the year after Charlotte Mason’s death. I showed how a variety of music programme authors influenced how music appreciation was conducted, and I also showed the impact of technology, …

Duration:00:36:29

Nature Note Books

6/4/2019
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Editor’s Note: Agnes Drury, Charlotte Mason’s trusted colleague, was the inspector of nature notebooks at the House of Education from 1939 until her death in 1958. As early as 1913, she wrote an article in The Parents’ Review on nature study. Then in 1941, she wrote her magnificent manual on how to keep a nature notebook. Finally, in 1952, she again …

Duration:00:12:51