Folksongs We are Educated by Our Intimacies

Homeschooling, Music
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit In third grade, my teacher was Miss Carson, and she had a ukulele and a large repertoire of folk songs. She wrote the lyrics on the blackboard. I can still see those words, white chalk against black board. We sang along every morning, no doubt increasing our literacy skills. I loved the silly ones (Yes! We have no bananas!) as much as the songs of courage (Follow the Drinking Gourd) and love of country (America the Beautiful). It was the only year of my life that I learned folksongs in school, but because of it my soul was forever enlarged. Nothing in our Charlotte Mason lifestyle…
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Days of Gold and Colbalt Blue Picture Study and the Science of Relations

Homeschooling, Picture Study
EDUCATION IS THE SCIENCE OF RELATIONS; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we must train him upon physical exercises, nature, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books; for we know that our business is, not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of – ‘Those first-born affinities That fit our new existence to existing things.’ Charlotte Mason, vol. 1 The sunflowers seized her imagination the year she was 12. But her relationship with Vincent Van Gogh had begun years before, when she was very, very young and swirls of sky heralded the birth of our Saviour . She and her brothers released those swirls across our…
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