As I dive deeper into the world of Charlotte Mason, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with so many mamas who are inspired by her as well. Together we relish in her ideals of narration, nature study, poetry and living books. Books are a huge topic, so many to read and discover. But one thing we come to quickly find out is that we have never actually finished any of her books.
One reason I know why we have yet to read them is because it is a “stiff read”. Making sense of her 18th century terminology is difficult. Top that with her advanced knowledge in literature, art, history and philosophy it can literally be mind boggling!
The second reason I find we never finish is due to the lack of accountability. So often, we as mothers, put off the things we want to do for what we think we need to do.
I’ll be transparent here, at the end of the day I’m exhausted! Not only am I physically drained but mentally, and the last thing I want to do is be challenged in such way.
Even though we are faced with daily obstacles, we should still put forth the effort and carve out some time in our day to read and learn. We need to ask ourselves the following question, if we are not taking the time to nourish our own minds, how else will we grow?
Let me put it this way, we are not “amending our own soil” with good things we will not be able to flourish in our own roles as parents. Parenting with intentionality takes effort- homeschooling adds a whole other dimension to your relationship!
Since it’s the beginning of a brand new year, let’s set a goal and actually do it! This year is your year to read “Home Education”. In order to help you do just that, I have been collaborating with Molly from @homestylewith_molly , Kara from @letterstolyra and Tiffany from @tiffanykundmeuller . Together, we are going to host a ten week Charlotte Mason Reading Challenge on Instagram starting in 2019!
Here’s how it will work, begin reading January 1st (or a little sooner if you need that buffer time!) and check in every Monday with the rotating host. There, we will share what we have learned, where we were inspired and what we would like to change in our lives and in our homeschool.
We want to hear from you too! Let us know what you are learning! Comment on our posts or share on your Instagram account or in your stories using the hashtag #ajourneythroughcm. We will post our favorites throughout the week!
Download and print off a copy of our reading schedule (use it as a book mark!) Press the “download button” to retrieve it!
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