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When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today Paperback – April 7, 2004
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"When Children Love to Learn is one of the better books I've seen on the Charlotte Mason approach. Elaine Cooper has done a phenomenal job of laying down the basic tenets parents of homeschoolers hold dear: a child must love to learn. Narration, living books, nature study-it's all here. Elaine covers a lot of ground to show how easy it can be to make learning enjoyable. Charlotte Mason fans will love this! Highly recommended for every homeschool reference library."
—Gena Suarez, Publisher, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
About the Author
Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in Switzerland at L'Abri Fellowship, which was founded by her parents Francis and Edith Schaeffer. She and her husband Ranald Macaulay established and led the L'Abri branch in England for several years. She is also the author of For the Family's Sake and contributed to Books Children Love and When Children Love to Learn.
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The beauty of this book is that it was collectively written by educators who are involved with modern Charlotte Mason schools. Unbeknownst to many of the homeschooling folks who are drawn to her philosophy and methods (myself included), there are actually real brick and mortar CM schools currently in the United States. Because of the nature of the authors' experience, this book is full of practical information! The funny thing is that I wouldn't necessarily describe it as the most inspirational Charlotte Mason book I own. For the Children's Sake and A Charlotte Mason Companion are actually vying for that role. Those two books sure do give you a warm fuzzy for CM. The problem for me, personally, has been moving from the warm fuzzy to my practical homeschooling in 2008.
I have spent more hours than I would like to admit reading homeschool philosophy and perusing Charlotte Mason web sites. The problem that gnawed at me until I read this book, however, was the feeling that CM lovers of today were hearkening back to Victorian times a bit too much for my liking.Read more ›
The proper word for this book would be inspiring. The philosophy, based very specifically on a recognition of a child as a PERSON, and a child of God; very directly corelates teaching in any form with a way of being, with an active recognition of the innate value of each person. It is also a very applicable philosophy, for which this book in particular, is a tremendous aid. I've been intrigued with Charlotte Mason since I began researching methods for homeschooling...and at first loved the idea, but had a terrible time understanding exactly how to use it. This book cleared that all up for me and gave me a solid, working knowledge of how to teach using Charlotte Mason's philosophy, as well as a foundation of exactly WHY she used each method of teaching. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interaction with children. I've found myself wanting to recommend it to all of the mothers I know who have children of school age...not to encourage homeschooling, but to help them judge the quality of education their children receive, and help them make better decisions regarding it. So many parents seem ignorant of what their children are actually learning, not to mention how and why.
After reading this book, I feel that I would be unable to allow any less for my own children than what is described in its pages...which for me means an overhaul of my own interactions with them.Read more ›
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This was quite a read. It took me a while to finish as I was trying to absorb the material. I am very excited that our daughter will be starting pre-k next year in an Ambleside... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tyson
This book deals with Charlotte Mason theory. It is not so much a "practical application" as the title would suggest.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book captures the essence of Charlotte Mason's rather rigorous advice in a condensed practical overview. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good information but very dry reading. I ended up skipping to the middle of the book and reading from there. I still prefer Karen Andreolas book, Charlotte Mason The Companion. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eli
This is one of the best overviews of Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education.Published 17 months ago by Diane Rupp