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When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today

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They're hallmarks of childhood. The endless "why" questions. The desire to touch and taste everything. The curiosity and the observations.

It can't be denied-children have an inherent desire to know. Teachers and parents can either encourage this natural inquisitiveness or squelch it. There is joy in the classroom when children learn-not to take a test, not to get a grade, not to compete with each other, and not to please their parents or their...

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Overview

They're hallmarks of childhood. The endless "why" questions. The desire to touch and taste everything. The curiosity and the observations.

It can't be denied-children have an inherent desire to know. Teachers and parents can either encourage this natural inquisitiveness or squelch it. There is joy in the classroom when children learn-not to take a test, not to get a grade, not to compete with each other, and not to please their parents or their teachers-but because they want to know about the world around them!

Both Christian educators and parents will find proven help in creating a positive learning atmosphere through methods pioneered by Charlotte Mason that show how to develop a child's natural love of learning. The professional educators, administrators, and Mason supporters contributing to this volume give useful applications that work in a variety of educational settings, from Christian schools to homeschools.

A practical follow-up to Crossway's For the Children's Sake, this book follows a tradition of giving serious thought to what education is, so that children will be learning for life and for everlasting life.

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"When Children Love to Learn is one of the better books I've seen on the Charlotte Mason approach. Elaine Cooper has done a phenomenal job of laying down the basic tenets parents of homeschoolers hold dear: a child must love to learn. Narration, living books, nature study-it's all here. Elaine covers a lot of ground to show how easy it can be to make learning enjoyable. Charlotte Mason fans will love this! Highly recommended for every homeschool reference library."
Gena Suarez, Publisher, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581342598
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 697,731
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in Switzerland at L'Abri Fellowship, which was founded by her parents Francis and Edith Schaeffer. She and her husband Ranald Macaulay established and led the L'Abri branch in England for several years. She is also the author of For the Family's Sake and contributed to Books Children Love and When Children Love to Learn.

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Table of Contents

The Contributors 7
Foreword 9
Preface 13
Part 1
1 The Value of Charlotte Mason's Work for Today 19
2 The Child Is a Person 51
3 Four Pillars of Education
Education Is an Atmosphere 71
Education Is a Discipline 87
Education Is a Life 100
Education Is the Science of Relations 113
4 Distinctives of a Charlotte Mason Education
Living Books 125
Narration 128
Reading and Literature 142
Spelling and Composition 147
Poetry 154
The Teaching of Shakespeare 158
History 163
Mathematics 167
Nature Study and Notebooks 170
Science 174
Picture Study 176
Music Appreciation 179
Bible Instruction 181
Foreign Languages 186
Physical Education 188
Handcrafts 190
5 Broader Application of Charlotte Mason's Teaching Principles 193
Part 2
6 An Applied Philosophy 209
Resources 237
Notes 239
Index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    charlotte mason, condensed

    Many homeschoolers and schools are studying the works of Charlotte Mason, published in 6 volumes, and applying it to their education efforts. For those unable to take the time to wade through those pithy volumes, this book provides a summary of her ideas in a easy-to-follow format. It also contains a lot PRACTICAL general guidance in applying her principles to home or school for K-12. As a bonus, it includes a sample timetable and syllabus charts for 3rd grade so that readers can see how Ambleside School of Fredericksburg (TX) applied these principles. I wish that this had been available to me when I started homeschooling 4 years ago. I will use it to shape the education of my children this upcoming year.

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