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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581342594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581342598
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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292 of 292 people found the following review helpful By AVA on September 3, 2008
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I should preface this review by stating that I own every Charlotte Mason book on the market today, including her original six volumes. Aside from her own words in those writings, I consider this the most helpful book I own when it comes to actually implementing her methods. Honestly, I hesitated to buy this book for quite a while because the editorial review wasn't especially glowing and there weren't many reader reviews describing its incredible attributes. At any rate, I figured I should keep my collection complete, so I bought it to see what it had to offer. I am extremely pleasantly surprised by its content.

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.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By C. DePaula on February 17, 2006
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Although this book is designed for the classroom, it very nicely summarizes what the Charlotte Mason method of education is and what it's not, making it a necessary resource for the home educator. It goes to the heart of the subjects and how to implement them. It provides an outline and a structure for you to base your school upon if you so wish. The book is written by various experts on the Charlotte Mason method, providing fresh perspectives throughout. There are short chapters on History, Spelling, Poetry, Math, Foreign Languages, Science and Nature Studies and all the major subjects. The extensive explanation of narration is essential. Susan Shaeffer McCaulay also contributed to this book. I highly recommend this book to anybody interested to know more about the Charlotte Mason method and those wanting to implement her method at home or in the classroom. Together with Charlotte Mason's books and Karen Andreola's A Charlotte Mason Companion, When Children Love to Learn completes an unbeatable combination for the Charlotte Mason homeschooler.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By LRK VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
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This is the most useful book relating to either teaching or parenting that I've read thus far in my life (well, other than scriptures). Maybe it would help to qualify this statement to say that I'm a licensed clinical (mental health) therapist and have studied about every developmental and parenting theory out there.
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jen Spencer on December 20, 2007
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This is a great book for those who are at least somewhat familiar with the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason and want to see how it looks in the home or school classroom. For those not familiar with Mason, I recommend For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (also a contributing author in this book.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kmamab on September 19, 2010
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Very good information and more direct examples of how to apply the principles in real life than other Charlotte Mason books I've read but you really have to dig for what you get. No bulleted points, or lists of example activities for different age groups. Overall, worth the money and time to find what you're looking for.
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