Category Archives: News/Updates

Blog series this week!

In spite of genuine concern that I might actually be mistaken for a faithful blogger, I have written a whole series–five posts!–which is going up this week, one new post each day, beginning today. I’ve been writing about Charlotte Mason’s principles, but I am mindful that some practices in CM’s philosophy of education actually are principles. So that’s the series: “Some practices are principles.” If this topic interests you, I hope you’ll read along. The first post is here.

Enjoy your week!

Karen Glass

Many Irons in the Fire

It’s been a while since I sent out an update (I did promise they’d be infrequent and I wouldn’t be bombarding your inbox!). However, I wanted to let you all know about a few things I’ve done so far this year.

There are a couple of new articles up, which I hope will be informative and refreshing.

Education is the Science of Relations

The Spirit and the Letter of a Charlotte Mason Education

And I did a podcast with the Schole Sisters, if you want to hear us talk about some of those same ideas.

The Norms and Nobility discussion is in full swing at the AmblesideOnline forum. Lots of good participation, and I think we are all learning more than if we were reading on our own.

The Spanish translation of Mind to Mind is in the formatting and editing stage, and I hope to announce a release date (and show you a picture of the cover) very soon.

Much of my time is going into one big, big project that I’m still not ready to talk about, but it won’t be long. I can’t wait to tell everyone what I’ve been working on!

As the weather warms up in the northern hemisphere and we look forward to spring and summer, I hope you’ll find time to keep on learning. Charlotte Mason urged her students to teach from a moving stream, not a stagnant pool. I hope you’ll pick up a good book or two for summer reading. Next week, on the blog, I’ll be making a few suggestions.

Blessings to you!

Karen Glass

Update, January 2017

Well, it’s a new year, and I hope it will bring, among other things, the announcement I’ve been wanting to make for months.

In the meantime, the initial Spanish translation of Mind to Mind has been completed, and we are moving on to the formatting stage. We don’t have a definite publication date yet, but I hope it will be in the early part of this year. Do you know anyone who would like to read Charlotte Mason in Spanish?

I finished up the blog series, “Charlotte Mason and Comenius” with a total of 8 posts. I linked to the first 4 in my last update. Here are the links to the rest:

5 Charlotte Mason Comenius–Narration

6 Charlotte Mason and Comenius–Nature Study

7 Charlotte Mason and Comenius–Will and Reason

8 Charlotte Mason and Comenius–Conclusion

Some of you may be aware of a lengthy critique of Consider This by Art Middlekauff, published in May 2016 on the Charlotte Mason Institute blog. I wrote a response to the critique, and you can find it on the Charlotte Mason Institute website in two parts (it’s long, but not as long as the original critique).

Part I
Part II

If you weren’t aware of the critique, or didn’t care to read it, you probably won’t find my response of interest. But it’s there for anyone who is interested.

The discussion of Norms and Nobility has begun on the AmblesideOnline forum, and so far it has been amazing. It’s not too late to join in, as we are reading at a nice, slow pace throughout all of 2017. It will be harder to catch up later, so if you are interested in joining the discussion, now is the time.

I look forward to continuing to read and share some of the things I’m learning. 2017 is shaping up to be a great year, and I hope all of us will look back on it twelve months from now and think, “Wow, I learned some amazing new things this year!”

Blessing and a belated Happy New Year!

Karen Glass

Blog series underway

As promised, I have been blogging about the similarities between Charlotte Mason and 17th-century educator John Amos Comenius. There have been four installments so far, and four more are planned. I’ve actually been doing a good job of getting them posted each Monday. If you’re interested in following along, here are the links:

#1–Introduction
#2–Eternal Things
#3–Mind and Body
#4–Synthetic Thinking

And a sneak preview! #5 is scheduled for Monday, November 7, and it will be on narration.

Thank you for reading along!

Bits of News

It has been a long time since I’ve sent out an update, because it has been a good while since I updated anything! I spent several months away from home this year, and while I was traveling, I really didn’t have time to devote to this website. But things are finally settling down, and I’ve updated the main page, linked to a couple of new reviews, and shared a few fun things on the blog, about a friend’s new book and an interesting painting.

I also added a full-length article to the article page, which might offer some insight if you’ve pondered over the question of whether Charlotte Mason’s philosophy could be both progressive and classical in nature.

What’s next? Well, I’m planning a series of blog posts over the next few weeks about Comenius. I’ll share more about that very soon. I’m also planning to conduct a year-long book discussion of David Hick’s book Norms and Nobility. That discussion will take place on the forum at AmblesideOnline, beginning in December with the preface. Please feel free to read along or join in–it’s easy and free to become a member of the forum, and I welcome participation.

Thank you being patient while I’ve been busy elsewhere!

Karen Glass

Update to speaking engagements

Greetings!

If you have been thinking about attending the July 7 event in Lancaster, PA, and have been waiting for details, they are ready for you. An RSVP is requested, so if you’d like to attend, please check the speaking schedule for details.

Thank you!

Karen Glass

Updates to Speaking Engagements

When I shared my summer plans yesterday, I inadvertently left one meeting off the list. I’ll be meeting with some people in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so if that’s near you, please check the list for details.

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be doing an all-day seminar in London (England) on Saturday, September 10. The theme will be “A Large Room.”You can check out the details and register here.

It is a privilege to share Charlotte Mason’s wonderful educational philosophy with others, and I look forward to each of these meetings.

Karen Glass

First news of 2016

Well, I didn’t intend to have so little to say during the first half of 2016, but I do have something to say now. I’m going to be traveling and speaking during the next few months. Check out my schedule. I may be right nearby.

One of the most exciting for me is the AO Conference.

But where I go, I’m looking forward to meeting up with like-minded fellow educators. Hope to see you out there!

Karen Glass

Launching Mind to Mind this week!

The official release date for Mind to Mind is September 4th, and in consideration of that, I’m offering to give away a couple of copies for free. I’m also happy to share that the book will be translated into Spanish, although that work is only “in progress” at the moment.

Because things sometimes happen on a schedule that I don’t really control, Mind to Mind: An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education is already available at Amazon, and all the linking and synching is there so you can get a free Kindle version matched to the purchase of the book.

However, if you are thinking of purchasing, you might want to wait until Friday and join in trying to make Mind to Mind a “hot new release.”

A little news…

It’s been a busy summer. Is there any other kind? One of the highlights for me was the privilege of speaking at AmblesideOnline‘s “At Home” retreat in Indiana, during July. Recordings of all the excellent speakers will be made available.

I’m so pleased, also, to be able to announce that Anne White’s new book, Minds More Awake, is now available. You can read my review here, and I think you’ll want this one on your “to be read” list.

And if you’ve been wondering whether Mind to Mind was ever going to become a reality, I am happy to announce that the official release date will be September 4th. I did offer some Advanced Reader Copies at the “At Home” retreat, and I did not have any left over. I’ll be giving away a couple of copies of Mind to Mind during the release week. If you aren’t already subscribed to my (very infrequent) updates, sign up so you don’t miss out.

Thank you for your continued interest,

 

Karen Glass