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:
#3–Mind and Body
And a sneak preview! #5 is scheduled for Monday, November 7, and it will be on narration.
Thank you for reading along!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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,
I’m very excited to share about the project I’ve been working on for a year. I know many of my subscribers will already have read Charlotte Mason’s sixth volume, A Philosophy of Education. However, many readers stumble at the language, the poetry, and the casual references to long-forgotten people, events, and even books.
In order to make Charlotte Mason’s own words clearer and sharper, I have ventured to abridge the volume, and added subheadings and chapter introductions to illuminate the text. I’ve titled the new work Mind to Mind–you can read all about it here.
Thank you for your continuing interest!
It’s been a while since my last update.
If you haven’t visited my website since the last one, you’ll find a few new blog posts there, including a look at the way Consider This dovetails nicely with The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater.
I’ve also added a new article: Wholes and Parts—Which is Which?
But mostly this update is to let you know that very soon—within a week or so—I’ll be sharing my latest writing project. I’m looking forward to telling all about this project. I’ll also be able to share the title, the cover, and a sneak preview as well. Which makes this the announcement of an announcement…coming soon.
Thank you for you interest!
The study guide has been available for free on my website, and it will continue to be available as a free PDF. However, there were some typos in the original file, and it has been updated. No content has changed, but if you’d like a cleaner version, or you haven’t downloaded it yet, it’s available here.
If you happen to like the idea of a printed version with a cover that complements the book, I’ve finally published it at Amazon. I’m making the physical version of the Consider This Study Guide available for those who do prefer to have physical books. There’s a good bit of white space there for your own notes, but you can print the PDF version and do the same thing if you like.
I had the opportunity to discuss the ideas behind Consider This at the Charlotte Mason Institute. The link is the blog post I wrote there. I wrote a short post for my own blog as well.
I’ve had some great feedback, and I’m so grateful for those who have taken the time to write a review, either at Goodreads or at Amazon. I appreciate all your comments, but nothing makes me happier than to hear that reading Consider This was an encouragement to you as your teach your children. Thank you!
I’m immersed in two other writing projects at the moment, as well as looking to the future for another major project. I will likely be asking for advance readers soon. If you would like to be notified, please be sure to subscribe to updates (if you received a link to this update via email, of course you are already subscribed!).
Never stop learning,