"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Monday, November 21, 2011

Interview With My Children

So exactly what do my children think of this new method of education, as opposed to the textbook method?  I asked them, and here's what they said...

Mimi, who is four, said, "I like the read- alouds!"

Natty, who is eight, said, "Instead of the textbook method, I like learning this way."

Asher, who is nine, said, "Instead of reading alone, I like reading together as a family."

Aaron, who is eleven, said, "Instead of long lessons, I like shorter ones."

Ian, who is twelve, said, "Instead of doing lessons separately, I like doing them together as a family."

They also told me the things they disliked the most about the textbook method, and I quote:
  -  "long, boring lessons"
  -   "written tests"
  -  " doing lessons separately"

 They also told me what their favorite things about the Charlotte Mason method:
  -  "shorter lessons"
  -  "read-alouds"
  -  " no more twaddle"
  -  "narration" (especially the various forms of it)
  -  "Science experiments"
  -  "Nature Journals - we love Nature Journals!"
  -  "This method is more relaxed."
  -  "We like Art appreciation and composer study!"
  -  "We learn all day, not just when the books are open."
(I love the fact that they love to do lessons together as a family!)

 So I  would say that the evidence is definitely in favor of the Charlotte Mason method, wouldn't you?   :) 

" And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."  -  Deuteronomy 6:6-8

Have a blessed day,





  1. The children have spoken... they are the true test of the education principles we employ. I'm again Lisa, amazed and encouraged by the simplicity, beauty, and truth of your testimony and your children way of exposing the nonsense of most textbooks, especially when used in isolation and followed by the tests.

    I too love what they say about learning together and all day long!

    Happy Thanksgiving,


  2. I love your children's comments. I have been doing some Charlotte Mason things for many years but these comments have made me take another look. I will be trying to implement even more in the future..
    Thank you dear lady,
    Blessings to you.

  3. Love your kids comments. We are cont on a somewhat cm education using heart of dakota as our guide. The togetherness of homeschooling has been a huge blessing to us as well.

  4. I love your children's comments! We also do CM and love the peace it's brought to our lessons.

  5. I tell my friends all the time - I love my life. You won't be hearing me or the kiddos complain about our days, however, we often sit through long rants of how others do not like their work. I wish everyone knew how amazing a day could truly be! Sounds like your kids know!

  6. That is so fun! Thanks for sharing this!! and for sharing it with the CM Blog Carnival!! :)

  7. My kids agree with your kids! :-) We were SO happy to change to Charlotte Mason learning - as I often say, it just transformed our homeschooling experience. We have such fond memories of family read-alouds, particularly. What a great idea for a blog post, Lisa, thank you!


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