- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: Simple Pleasures Press (April 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692431284
- ISBN-13: 978-0692431283
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason's Timeless Educational Ideas Paperback – April 23, 2015
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As an English teacher and "old soul," I resonate with the author's appreciation for books that are not dumbed down. In a society where publishing companies often churn out inane children's books with no plot or beauty—simply to provide material for emergent readers—it's refreshing to find children's books that are well illustrated, well crafted works of literature. Our kids do need to learn to read (and the "Level 1" or "Level 2" labels help), but they also need to develop a love of reading. And it's confusing when kindergarten teachers ask about the beginning, middle, and end of the story when there is no story!--when the book consists of nonsensical CVC words that label pictures. But, with all that said, I know that in my idealism I can sometimes be too harsh towards books that serve a good purpose. As we advocate high-quality materials, we should also be able to step back and humbly laugh at our own fervent disdain for kitsch.
Overall, the strength of this book lies in its specific ideas for planning and offering quality books and activities for children. It combines an overview of Mason’s philosophy with tips that we’d usually see on homeschooling blogs. In that sense, it’s very helpful! Underlying the message of this book, though, is the subtle, more significant message that we are capable of helping our children even with limited resources and support. That is, Taylor-Hough’s husband had to move out due to a degenerative brain disorder, leaving her married but practically a single mom. Given my own experience as someone widowed at age twenty-five, I took this message to heart. She deserves my thanks for offering a glimpse into her journey.