{Day Seven} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason: Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life

Education is a discipline—that is, the discipline of the good habits in which the child is trained. Education is a life, nourished upon ideas; and education is an atmosphere—that is, the child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule their own lives.
Charlotte Mason, Volume Two

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Education is an Atmosphere


When we say that "education is an atmosphere," we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a 'child-environment' especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child's level. -Charlotte Mason

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Sometimes we learn at the library.

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Sometimes we learn at the local Christian University.

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Sometimes we take our learning outdoors at local parks.

Education is a Discipline


By "education is a discipline," we mean the discipline of habits, formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body. -Charlotte Mason

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We share devotionals together.

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We read from God's Word.

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We study and explore many subjects.

Education is a Life


In saying that "education is a life," the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum. -Charlotte Mason

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We learn in God's creation.  photo 55D3613A-1661-40BD-9E65-40EB66CAA4D0_zpswmphoyx0.jpg 
  We learn at home.  photo 629A195B-02D9-4DD4-8A0E-9E237C77B6CE_zpsfdy3iycr.jpg 
We learn in community.

How has Charlotte Mason's philosophies influenced your own homeschooling?

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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