Q10: METHOD (Due January 15th)
Method > System
Why is this important? Because it gives us freedom to choose how it looks for us.
How can we apply Mason’s methods in a way that values the born-personhood of our children (and us!)
Let’s talk about freedom. Does following a method vs fitting into a system bring freedom to your days? It should–freedom in Christ, freedom to celebrate family heritage, freedom to chase athletics, build businesses, trailblaze your own booklist, and serve tea and multiplication tables in the waiting room/garden/hallway/diningroom/library/backseat of the van…
How do you stay true to the principles while crafting a method that helps your family develop relationships with the living ideas presented in literature, history, and the created world directly around them?
**These compendium pieces must pull methodology directly from Mason’s volumes.**
Q11: LONELY PLACES (Due by April 15th)
“The afternoon’s games, after luncheon, are an important part of the day’s doings for the elder children, though the younger have probably worn themselves out by this time with the ceaseless restlessness by means of which Nature provides for the due development of muscular tissue in them; let them sleep in the sweet air, and awake refreshed. Meanwhile, the elders play; the more they run, and shout, and toss their arms, the more healthful is the play. And this is one reason why mothers should carry their children off to lonely places, where they may use their lungs to their hearts’ content without risk of annoying anybody.” CM Volume 1
Write an Ode to your favorite lonely place or tell us about how you stumbled upon the most perfect and unexpected lonely place imaginable. What has visiting lonely places done for your health, happiness, connection with your children? What have you gained or learned in visiting your lonely places?
Q12: WAY OF THE WILL (Due by July 15th)
There is much conversation in our culture about the strong willed child. One of my favorite learned ideas within the Charlotte Mason paradigm is that a “strong-willed” child is actually a weak-willed one–one who struggles to tame their will and require of it what ought to be done, instead doing what is easy and feels good in the moment.
As adults, we can also struggle to train our wills. In some cases, the departure from doing what you’re told to doing whatever you want can cause a weakened will to really become the showcase of a person’s life. Have you ever come to the realization that your will was not as strong as should be? How, as an adult, have you tackled strengthening your will? As a child, did you ever receive great advice from an elder on guiding and directing your will? Share with us how you willfully stay strong!