Educational Philosophy, Home Education, Mother's Education

Remembering: The Secret Power of a Charlotte Mason Education

October 25, 2017 by Brandy Vencel

Need a Charlotte Mason pick-me-up? This new talk is for you.[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve been thinking and speaking on this subject for about 18 months now, and honestly, it’s one of my favorite topics. In June, I recorded this presentation at a conference in June, and today I’m finally making it available to all of you lovely Afterthinkers. ♥

It’s funny.

When I sat down to write this talk, I expected to end up with something about the moral imagination. But no matter what I did, I couldn’t get away from the magical mystery of Charlotte Mason’s methods — the wonder of how and why it works so well. I gave in, and wrote this talk instead. (Apparently, writing on the moral imagination remains in my future.)

 

What’s this talk about? I’m glad you asked!

 

Charlotte Mason’s Memory Trinity

First, we take an in depth look at what I like to call Charlotte Mason’s Memory Trinity. (Yes, I made up this name. Artistic license, right?)

The CM Memory Trinity consists of three members: the habit of attention, story, and narration. These three members work together synergistically — it’s when we use all three that we start to experience the magic.

After exploring the details on these three members, we take a stroll through the Charlotte Mason curriculum and see how this Trinity works out in practice. I decided to talk about nature study, picture study, geography, and citizenship. Actually, any subjects would have worked, but of course there was a time limit.

And then we end with a bit of encouragement.

It’s about an hour of Charlotte Mason goodness.

It’s October. Sometimes October feels a little like February — a little gloomy, a little harder to persevere, a little discouraging. Think of this as a tiny Charlotte Mason conference in your pocket. 😉

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2 Comments

  • Reply Amber November 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I just finished listening to this talk this morning, Brandy, and I really enjoyed it! I admire your ability to give a talk that is accessible to newbies (at least I think it would be!) and still thought provoking and interesting to people who have been in the CM world for awhile.

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