{Day Four} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason: For the Children's Sake

Welcome to Day Four of my series 31 Days of Charlotte Mason! Thank you for visiting my little blog home in the webiverse. I am honored to have friends and readers stop by as I glean from the work of Charlotte Mason. Today I am bringing you a few quotes from one of my favorite books on Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy.

For the Children's Sake

-Motto of Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, England

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When a baby is picked up, spoken to, and loved, he is starting his education as God planned it. For all our lives we are human beings, in an active state of learning, responding, understanding. Education extends to all of life. In fact, an educational system that says, one bright summer's day in the dawn of my youth, "There. Now you are educated. This piece of paper says so," is doing me a gross disfavor. The truly educated person has only had many doors of interest opened. He knows that life will not be long enough to follow everything through fully.
-Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children's Sake

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This broad view of true education as the sum of all life meant that Charlotte Mason first turned her attention to the parents. She believed they had the most interesting and valuable vocation that exists amongst mankind. Into their love, care, and responsibility this person was placed. Charlotte Mason never spoke of education as merely taking place behind the walls of the schoolroom. She saw the home as the basic educational environment.
-Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children's Sake

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One of the greatest powers for good is a family whose members respect each other and who have learned to function, however poorly, with the rich concepts the Word of God gives us as human beings. It is almost incredible to think of the stabilizing effect ordinary families can have; not only for themselves, but as a light in a troubled generation.
-Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children's Sake

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If Christianity is indeed true, then every last little child matters. Bright to dull, privileged or from any variety of troubled background, each is valuable. Persons matter.
-Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children's Sake

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Let us really and truly be courageous... One day we will stand before the Creator. Were we willing to give, serve, and sacrifice "for the children's sake"?
-Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children's Sake

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Have you ever read "For the Children's Sake" by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay? I heartily recommend this inspiring work for all Christian families!

Many blessings from our home to yours!

This post is part of a series: 31 Days of Charlotte Mason. You can find all of the daily posts linked on the introductory page. I hope you will continue to join us for this journey through the month of October!

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