“Of the three sorts of knowledge proper to a child, the knowledge of God, of man, and of the universe,–the knowledge of God ranks first in importance, is indispensable, and most happy-making.” -CM
“Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.”
“The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” ― CM
“The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days.”
“The most common and the monstrous defect in the education of the day is that children fail to acquire the habit of reading.” ― CM
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” –CM
“To introduce children to literature is to instal them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child’s intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find.” – CM
“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.”- CM
“An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.”- CM
“Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend…”-CM
Hello! I'm Jamie! I'm a wife and a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschooling mother of 5. I write about Charlotte Mason- inspired homeschooling, marriage, and parenting. Everything from pregnancy to pre-teens!
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