Fairy Tales: Awakening the Moral Imagination

Homeschooling, Literature
“I didn’t believe in Magic until today. I see now it’s real. Well, if it is, I suppose all the old fairy tales are more or less true. And you’re simply a wicked, cruel magician like the ones in the stories. Well, I’ve never read a story in which people of that sort weren’t paid out in the end, and I bet you will be. And serve you right.” – C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew When my children were young, I questioned the wisdom of Charlotte Mason’s enthusiastic support of fairy tales. After all, they were often heartbreaking (Hans Christian Anderson) or grisly (The Arabian Nights). Some were heartbreaking and grisly (Grimm’s). Ultimately, it was my children who would trust her more than I, as they took me by the…
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The Large Room

Homeschooling, Literature
“The question is not, -- how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education -- but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” 
― Charlotte M. Mason, School Education: Developing A Curriculum   My elementary school in the 1970s had a large and lovely library with sunny windows and bright yellow walls . Even the radiators were painted yellow to match the walls, although I do not ever remember the radiators actually being hot in central Texas. The floors were wooden and brown, and there were rows and rows and rows of beautiful books.…
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