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    What’s Love Got to Do with It? Cultivating Your Child’s Affinities

    September 30, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his — What’s Love Got to Do with It? Cultivating Your Child’s Affinities — is the name of the first talk I gave at the Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference this past weekend. It’s also the talk I wanted to give this year. It’s seems that once per year, I find there is something on my heart that I want to say — out loud. It isn’t that my other talks aren’t as dear to my heart — they are {and actually my third talk was the talk from 2014 — I had given it once before} — but this one has a special place because it’s the one I really marinated in, studied for, and thought about for a very long time.


    An MP3 from Brandy Vencel discussing the development of affinities, why they are central to a true education, and how to help order students' affections.

    The Summary

    This is what I sent to the conference directors when I first proposed the talk:

    Charlotte Mason said that at the end of a child’s education, it doesn’t matter how much a youth knows but rather how much he cares and how many orders of things he cares about. This was a revolutionary idea for her time, yet completely in line with the Christian classical tradition. In this session, we will discuss the development of affinities, why they are central to a true education, and what we can do to help order our students’ affections.


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    Yes, that’s right. 🙂  I’m putting this talk — and my plan is to eventually put all three talks, though the other two are more complicated — into the store. The price is Pay What You Want. Why? Well, some of you told me I shouldn’t be giving so much away for free, but I still remember what it was like to feel like I couldn’t afford much of anything at all, so this is my compromise. You can pay for it … or not … up to you. 🙂 Either way, the store will make it easy to get it from me to your inbox.

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  • Reply Sharron October 15, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I finally got a chance to listen and I’m going to listen again! :). Thank you for making it available. It’s fantastic! And thank you for remembering how it can be sometimes. This year I could pay, two years ago I would not have been able to.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

      I confess that it isn’t very hard to remember when it is still true every once in a while. 😉

  • Reply Melissa October 1, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Oh, thank you Brandy! …this is very timely as our CM Book Club just studied Principle 12. Thanks also for linking my post to FB. I look forward to your podcast!!


  • Reply dawn September 30, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Brandy, this is great. I was listening while cleaning my daughters’ room and thinking about how small it was while you were talking about that. Talk about object lesson! I’m going to listen again, later. Thanks.

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