- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Company (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889209031
- ISBN-13: 978-1889209036
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Karen Andreola is the author of the perennial bestseller A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning™. The Andreolas created The Gentle Art of Learning™ as their company brand as it represents their personal interpretation and application of the Charlotte Mason method of education during the years they homeschooled their children from kindergarten through grade 12. The Andreolas were responsible for the modern day revival of the Charlotte Mason method of education dating back to 1988 when they republished Charlotte Mason's 6 vol. Original Homeschooling Series. The modern day Charlotte Mason movement has been based largely on Karen's practical interpretations and writings. Karen was editor of the Parents' Review Magazine for Home Training and Culture for 6 years, conducted and promoted home support groups, wrote for Practical Homeschooling Magazine, Homeschooling Today, and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She has been a keynote speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, The Gentle Art of Learning™, along with other topics such as parenting and Mother Culture®. She is also one of America's most respected homeschool product reviewers. Her other books include: Pocketful of Pinecones, Lessons at Blackberry Inn, Simply Grammar, Story Starters, and a revision of the classic Beautiful Girlhood. Ladies will enjoy reading her inspiring blog: Moments with Mother Culture®.
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However, I really enjoyed reading this. I didn't think it was too nostalgic or the children were "too good". On the contrary, I found that the main character, Carol, faces challenges not so different than the ones many of us face to today.
Her son was starting to dislike school and his personality was changing because of that, and her daughter was labeled as "slow", so she she decided to try homeschooling. Many of us can relate to that. School at home is not all smooth sailing. Her son gets frustrated, wads up his drawings and throws them away. Check. There are problems some days with the kids dawdling over their math. Check. Cabin fever sets in on a snowy day and the son becomes morose... check. It all sounds very familiar to me.
In addition, Carol faces several problems: her husband loses his job, she has to make a move she doesn't want, she worries about miscarrying her baby...
again, these are problems many people today face.
I was inspired by how Carol persevered with grace and faith. Her nature study outings with her children are very similar to what my family does- and here I had been thinking we weren't doing "enough". I appreciate, too, all the notes, book lists, and resources listed at the back of the book. Very helpful.
Overall, I was very inspired by this book and enjoyed reading it so much. I hope the author will continue the series past Lessons at the Blackberry Inn.
The book is written as a story and you need to take from it what you like and what works for you.