Advent: Day Three

Advent: Day Three

The weather could not have been more different yesterday, with the blue skies replaced by a thin fog that lingered all day. Fog is a funny thing. Sometimes it feels dark and gloomy, but yesterday we had the kind that makes everything feel brighter, partly from how the sunshine is refracted, partly because of how…

Advent: Day Two

Advent: Day Two

We had a beautiful blue sky this morning, and the sunshine is what I noticed most as I bundled the kids outdoors after breakfast. Before I moved to England, I knew the days would be short in the winter, but I didn’t realize how low the sun would stay in the sky. Even at eleven,…

Advent: Day One

Advent: Day One

In a recent newsletter, I wrote: This Advent, I am recommitting to time in nature. We have finished school for the term, and my goal is to take my children for a walk in the woods to start our day – each day. We will probably miss a few days, and that will be ok….

Charlotte Mason, Education, and Natural Law: Thoughts on Telos

Charlotte Mason, Education, and Natural Law: Thoughts on Telos

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Charlotte Mason, Education, and Natural Law

The second lecture in my class on natural law is about metaphysics – one of those big words that comes up reasonably often, yet I would struggle to tell you what it really means. A simple google search tells me that it’s the study of the first principles of things – the nature of things….

Charlotte Mason, Education, and Natural Law

Charlotte Mason, Education, and Natural Law

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Charlotte Mason, Education, and Natural Law

What I desire to set before the reader is a method of education based upon natural law. Charlotte Mason, Home Education There is something about Charlotte Mason’s ideas that is extremely intuitive. I don’t think it’s just me, either. Plenty of people find that her principles speak to something that they’ve known, but couldn’t articulate….

Educating Persons

Educating Persons

I’m thrilled to be on Mere Orthodoxy this week with an article on Charlotte Mason and her educational philosophy (which will surprise exactly no one). I very much believe that we all need a Christian understanding of what it means to be a person. I think there is even a general, growing consensus that this…