Category Archives: News/Updates

Happy Valentine’s Day

Have you got a bit of the winter blues? February is a month that seems to drag on forever while we anticipate spring. From today through Saturday, the Principles at the Helm seminar is on sale for 20% off. It’s an encouraging reminder of the vital principles that bring a living spark to our educational efforts—just the thing to combat the gray days of late winter.

Use the code “lovetolearn” to get your discount.

 

Blog series—Take the Fifth!

First thing on the agenda for 2019 is a new blog series! I’m excited about this one because it’s about my favorite of Charlotte Mason’s six volumes and because it’s a joint venture with my friend and colleague (at AmblesideOnline), Anne White (author of Minds More Awake and The Plutarch Project volumes).

I did an informal poll in the AmblesideOnline Facebook group last year, asking people which volumes in the six-volume Charlotte Mason series they had read. I wasn’t surprised that volume five, Formation of Character, came in dead last in that poll. It’s never going to be the first or most important book to read, but there’s really excellent material—some of it a bit surprising—in there. We want you to have a taste of it, so get ready for our “Take the Fifth” series!

The four-week series will begin Monday, January 21. We’ll be posting three times a week—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—so it’s going to be full of good things. Anne will posting on her blog, Anne Writes; I’ll be posting here; and the Friday posts will be interesting excerpts to whet your appetite for further reading. We’ll be cross-reference everything, and I’ll add links to this post each week so you won’t miss anything. Even if you don’t have time to read Formation of Character yourself in 2019, you’ll end up with a good idea of what to expect when you do get a chance.

We’re really hoping that this glimpse between the covers of volume five will give you a desire to pick it up and read it.

Join us as we…

All posts in this series:

  1. Why we do what we do (The Formation of Character)
  2. Part I—Forming habits with older children
  3. Quote: Wisdom from Volume 5: No Shortage of Love
  4. Quote: Words of Wisdom from Formation of Character, Part I
  5. Volume 5, Part II: “Education is the Maker of Character”
  6. Part II–So many things to think about!
  7. Quote: Wisdom from Volume 5: Too Many Cooks, Not Enough Facts.
  8. Quote: Words of Wisdom from Formation of Character, part II
  9. Part III—Delight in Knowledge
  10. Volume 5, Part 3: “Young Maidens at Home”
  11. Quote: Words of Wisdom from Formation of Character, part III
  12. Quote: Wisdom from Volume 5: A Place for Home-Bred Daughters
  13. Part IV—Sowing the Seeds
  14. Volume 5 Part IV: All About Pendennis
  15. Quote: Words of Wisdom from Formation of Character, Part IV
  16. Quote: Wisdom from Part IV: A generous zeal for education.
  17. Anne’s closing post for the series
  18. Last chat about Formation of Character (with audio recording!)

Know and Tell is available!

I’m so excited to share that Know and Tell: The Art of Narration is available at last. I’m especially happy to report that I made it before the end of January, as promised. Whew!

I’ve been working on this book for so long, it’s hard to believe that it’s finally going to venture into the world on its own. I fervently hope it will do what I want it to do—give readers confidence in the very effective method of narration. I’m looking forward to your feedback!

Karen

In the home stretch…

Now that it’s January, I have been flooded by questions about when, exactly, Know and Tell will be available, and that is perfectly fair because I said January, right?

When I said that (in October), I was hoping for earlier rather than later in January, too. However, I should have known better because holidays, winters, business, baking, illness, and etc.

However, I spoke with my formatting editor (i.e. husband) last night and he assures me January is still on. We are that close. Allowing for as-yet-unforeseen complications, we’re committed to having Know and Tell available before January 31. I wish it were sooner, too. I want it to be the very best I can give you, though, and meeting that deadline is going to keep us pretty busy. Back to work for me!

Exciting News

I have exciting news—at least, it’s exciting to me, and I hope it will be to others. I’ve been working on a big project—another book!—for over two years. This one isn’t directly linked to Consider This in any way. Instead, it’s a book about a topic that I care passionately about—narration.

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration is almost ready for publication, and I’m excited to begin talking about what I’ve included in this book. You can read more about it here.

I hope you find this announcement as exciting as I do—narration is a long process, and sometimes it can be discouraging. I’m hoping Know and Tell will give teachers some resources and encouragement to make the task a little easier.

Best wishes!

 

Karen

Charlotte Mason, en español!

Dear friends, I know some of you have been waiting for this news. Mind to Mind, my abridgement-with-extras of An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education is available in Spanish!

De mente a mente has been the work of Silvia Cachia from start to finish. She assembled a team of volunteer translators (native speakers), and edited their work to give a consistent, seamless voice to Charlotte Mason in Spanish. She’d love to tell you all about it–you’ll need to understand Spanish!

Karen

There’s news!

I rarely send out these updates, because I rarely have news, but suddenly, I have a lot of news!

First, the Spanish translation of Mind to Mind–De mente a mente–will be available very, very soon–probably later this month.

Silvia Cachia has overseen the translation, and done all the editing single-handedly. She has a proof copy in hand, and it won’t be long now.

 

 

 


Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t, that there’s been some noise about whether or not Charlotte Mason and Classical Education have anything in common. I finally had something to say, and I tackled the topic in two recent blog posts: Classical or Not? and Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition.


If that topic doesn’t really interest you, I’ve got something better! I’m starting a blog series that will last several weeks based on my reading of In Memoriam. The first one is up and ready to read–look for them every Friday for the next several weeks.

And look–there’s a freshly-published physical copy available now:

 

(aff. link)


And finally, if you look at my updated front page, you’ll see a hint about the real news I’ve been promising: I have been working on another book for the past couple of years. This one is on a completely different topic, although it’s Charlotte Mason-related, of course. I really can’t wait to tell you all about it (and show you the beautiful cover!), and my announcement should be ready to go about the time the In Memoriam series is done.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

Karen Glass

 

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