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Study Guide for Consider This

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,

Karen Glass

 

New in 2015

The new year has been around a few weeks, but perhaps the shine hasn’t worn off completely, so Happy New Year!

I’ve posted a brand-new article (rather than a recycled one from years ago) about the difficulty in nailing down a definition for classical education. There are also a couple of new reviews that I’ve linked to (including a less-than-enthusiastic one).

I’ll be working on two book projects in 2015, and I hope one of them will make it into publication before the year is out. I’m not quite ready to talk about them, but if you’re subscribed to updates, you’ll definitely be the first to hear about them.

Here’s to growing and learning in 2015! Cheers.

 

Karen Glass

Interview With Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason

I did an interview with Sonya Shafer recently. She had some interesting questions, and I got to share a bit about my own family.

Karen Glass

Latest Update

I haven’t sent out an update for a while, but there are number of things I want to share, and since one of them is time-sensitive, now seems like the right moment.

Just for fun, I decided to participate in Read Tuesday–a “black Friday” event just for books and readers. Read Tuesday happens this week, on December 9th. If you haven’t bought a copy of Consider This yet, or if you wanted an extra copy to share or give, you can go to the Read Tuesday site on December 9th and get a coupon for 40% off the list price, although the coupon must be used in the Create Space e-store (it won’t work at Amazon).

Also, for that day, the Kindle Matchbook will be free if you do buy from Amazon. In fact, it’s free already, a couple of days early. This is one reason I’m writing this update. You can take advantage of it even if you bought your book weeks ago. If you already purchased a copy of Consider This from Amazon, but you didn’t download the Kindle version for free, you can take advantage of the offer during this time. If you want a digital copy, don’t miss this chance. The Kindle version actually has two things that the print copy does not–a photograph of the fresco in Florence that Charlotte Mason found so inspiring, and live links in the bibliography.

A few weeks ago, I recorded an interview with Jennifer Dow at Expanding Wisdom. We had a great time talking about the ideas in Consider This. If you haven’t already heard it, I wanted to let you know that it’s out there.

When you read a book, do you wonder if the author is planning to write more? Even before I finished Consider This, I was working on another project, and it seems that new ideas for future projects keep presenting themselves all the time. It would take me a long, long time to bring them all into reality. But I don’t think it will take me twenty more years to produce another book, and I hope sometime early in 2015 to be able to tell you about my next project.

Finally, my thanks to those who have reviewed at Amazon. I appreciate each one of you who has taken the time to do this.

Merry Christmas–I wish you all the very best during the season we remember the birth of our Savior!

Karen Glass

Have you started reading yet?

I’m humbled by the wonderful feedback I’ve gotten so far. Now that the book is published, I’m in the position of a chef who has made a new dish and is peeking through the kitchen door to the dining room, hoping the diners will like it.

Here are a few quick updates:

I’m gathering links to online reviews, and there are already a few to read.

If you’ve read the book, and would like to share your thoughts with others, please rate and review at Amazon. Reader reviews influence other potential readers.

I wrote a guest blog post for Brandy at Afterthoughts on Charlotte Mason’s views on evolution.

I’ve added a blog feature to my website, and one of the things I’ll use it for is discussing a few homeschooling products that make use of synthetic rather than analytic thinking. Stay tuned!

For now, the Study Guide for Consider This will remain available for free. I’m working on creating a printed version as well, in case anyone is interested in having a physical copy.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Karen Glass

Last few days for launch week extras!

Don’t miss out!

I know that many of you have already purchased Consider This, and I understand a few of you have even metaphorically devoured it. This is just a reminder that the Study Guide will only be available as a free PDF download for two more days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve purchased the book yet–feel free to download it now if you’ll want it later.

Also, don’t forget that the Kindle version is free with the purchase of the physical copy of Consider This (currently discounted to $12.04).

If you purchased the book and forgot to get the Kindle version–you still can. Follow the directions at Amazon at the above link.

After you read, I would love to hear your thoughts. And for those so inclined, please post your ratings and reviews on Amazon. Those reviews influence potential readers.

Thank you for your continued interest. I look forward to hearing what you think!

Karen Glass

This is launch week!

Every once in a while, something you’ve been waiting for arrives a little earlier than anticipated. So it is with Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition! Thanks to the miracle of modern digital publishing, a finished manuscript can be transformed into a real book with amazing speed. And so it’s ready!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share the book with you all, and I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Just because I’m so excited and you’ve all been patient these extra weeks, I’ve prepared several bonuses for launch week.

First of all, I’m giving away a few signed copies of Consider This. Check out this page for information about how you can enter multiple ways for a chance to win. One of the ways to enter is by liking my new Facebook page for Consider This, which I hope will be a place to share news and feedback about the book.

Besides the chance to win a signed copy, I’ve also prepared a study guide with thoughtful questions and suggested extra reading. It will be a free PDF download through the end of October. I originally thought of making it free with purchase, but why would you download it if you weren’t planning to purchase the book sooner or later? So, even if you aren’t buying the book just yet, feel free to snag the study guide while it’s free!

But there is another bonus for those who do purchase the book by the end of October. If you order a physical copy, you can purchase the Kindle version for free through Amazon’s Matchbook program. Two for the price of one! However, this program is only available to buyers using Amazon.com. It doesn’t work in Canada, Europe, or the UK.

I have been overwhelmed by how eagerly this book has been welcomed already. My goal in writing it was to produce a very readable, understandable book that would make some of the fundamentals of classical education plain—things that sometimes aren’t mentioned when classical education is discussed—and to show how Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods are faithful to those fundamentals. This isn’t a “how to” book, it’s a “why to” book, and my wish for those who read it is that you will come away with firmer convictions about what education is meant to be, and more confidence than ever in the methods Charlotte Mason developed to make that education possible. We’ll soon see if I’ve succeeded. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Not long now!

It was hard for me to ask everyone to wait until the end of October, but the time is drawing near, and I am confident that the tentative release date of October 25th will be a reality.  That means it’s almost launch week!

I’ll be giving away two signed copies of Consider This, and if you have subscribed to these updates, you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing with a chance to receive one.

Someone asked me a few weeks ago if there were study questions at the end of each chapter.  There are not, but the question prompted me to consider writing study-guide questions.  I’m doing that now, and the study guide will be available for free to everyone who purchases a copy of the book during launch week.

I have more to share later, and I hope you are as excited as I am that this book will soon be available.

I haven’t posted any new articles on my site, but Brandy at Afterthoughts has been running a “31 Days” series to bust various myths about Charlotte Mason.  My contribution was to bust the myth that CM’s many subjects conflict with the classical principle of multum non multa.

More to come!

Karen Glass

 

Quick Update

I haven’t written an update for a while, but with less than a month left until the promised release date, it seemed like a good time to let you know what’s been going on.

  1. I recently added a new article, “Why Did She Have to Say That?,” which discusses Charlotte Mason’s first two principles of education in some detail, giving the historical background that influenced her principles.  One of the early chapters of Consider This includes some of the information in this article, so it’s a sneak-peak into part of the book as well.
  2. Part of the reason for the delayed publication is a welcome addition to the book, and I’m so pleased to be able to share that David V. Hicks, author of Norms and Nobility, has written an introduction for Consider This. There is no living educator and author I admire more, and I have quoted Norms and Nobility in my book.  This is a great honor for me, and I am delighted to be able to share this news with you now.
  3. With publication drawing near, I plan to offer a few give-aways to reward your patience. I’m excited to share this work with you! It won’t be long now.

Karen Glass

We have a different date…

This is a hard update to write, and I have been putting it off.  I’ve known for several days that my announcement of an August 28th release date was premature, and I am actually going to have to wait longer.  I don’t mind for myself, but I have dreaded telling all of you that rather than a very near release date within this month, I am going to have to change that date to one several weeks in the future.  In fact, I’m going to set a tentative date of October 25th.

I have been humbled and gratified by many of you have written to tell me how much you are looking forward to reading the book.  I hate having to say that we are going to have to wait still longer, but we are, indeed, going to have to wait.  The book is written and will be there to read.  I apologize for having to backtrack now.  The frenzy to finish the editing can now be done at leisure, and I will spare a little time to think about what I can offer to make up for the wait.

In the meantime, we have to wait together, but I am looking forward to the not-too-distant future when I will be able to share this work, the cumulative study of 20 years distilled into twelve readable chapters, with you all.  Thank you for your patience, and I add again that I am more chagrined than I can say that I have to change the date.

Karen Glass