Book Excerpt: Charlotte Mason on “Ideas”


Excerpted and adapted from
Ideas and Books: The Means of Education
by Charlotte Mason


Book CoverThe Life of the Mind Grows Upon Ideas

Now that life, which we call education, receives only one kind of sustenance; it grows upon ideas. You may go through years of so-called ‘education’ without getting a single vital idea; and that is why many a well-fed body carries about a feeble, starved intelligence; and no society for the prevention of cruelty to children cries shame on the parents. Continue reading

Book Excerpt: “Mix-n-Match Quiche”

This recipe is excerpted from Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough.


You can use almost any leftover vegetable or meat in this recipe. If you have eggs, milk, rice, and cheese, you can practically clean out your fridge right into your quiche pan. I always add the cheese last when making this quiche. The cheese makes a beautiful mellow-brown crust on the top. I usually add a bit of chopped onion to my quiches for flavor, and broccoli makes an especially nice vegetable quiche.

Mix-n-Match Quiche
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Book Excerpt: Charlotte Mason on “Ideas”


Excerpted and adapted from
Ideas and Books: The Means of Education


Book CoverThe Life of the Mind Grows Upon Ideas

Now that life, which we call education, receives only one kind of sustenance; it grows upon ideas. You may go through years of so-called ‘education’ without getting a single vital idea; and that is why many a well-fed body carries about a feeble, starved intelligence; and no society for the prevention of cruelty to children cries shame on the parents. Continue reading

Book Excerpt: Out-of-Door Geography


Excerpted and adapted with permission from The Outdoor Life of Children, Volume Two of the Charlotte Mason Topics series.


“OUT-OF-DOOR GEOGRAPHY”

by Charlotte Mason

The Outdoor Life of ChildrenSmall Things May Teach Great

This pleasant earth of ours is not to be overlooked in the out-of-door education of the children. ‘How do you get time for so much?’ ‘Oh, I leave out subjects of no educational value; I do not teach geography, for instance,’ said an advanced young theorist with all sorts of certificates. Continue reading

NEW RELEASE! Ideas and Books: The Means of Education

Book CoverIdeas and Books:  The Means of Education

Author: Charlotte Mason
Series: Charlotte Mason Topics – Vol. 3
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Simple Pleasures Press
Released: August 27th, 2015
ISBN-10: 1508964696
ISBN-13: 978-1508964698
Foreword: Deborah Taylor-Hough
List Price: $7.99

To order your copy of Ideas and Books:  The Means of Education via Amazon.com, simply click on the book cover’s image or click here.


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Several of our titles are now carried by Barnes & Noble

Several titles from Simple Pleasures Press have now become available for sale on the Barnes & Noble website (and also in stores, but you’ll probably need to make a special order request).

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Book Excerpt: Using Up Leftovers


This post is excerpted and adapted with permission from The Original Simple Mom’s Idea Book by Deborah Taylor-Hough (Simple Pleasures Press, 2015).


61ghrkhptflLeftovers. We all have them, don’t we? But what do we do with them? I don’t really like keeping them in my refrigerator until a science project on mold develops, but sometimes it’s hard to know what to use leftovers for without driving the family crazy. I don’t care to hear another chorus of that all-too-familiar song, “What?! Meatloaf… AGAIN?!” Continue reading

Excerpt from The Outdoor Life of Children


The Child Should Be Made Familiar with Natural Objects 
by Charlotte Mason
Excerpted from The Outdoor Life of Children


517pDeJHtkLAn Observant Child Should be Put in the Way of Things Worth Observing

But what is the use of being a ‘very observant child,’ if you are not put in the way of things worth observing? And here is the difference between the streets of a town and the sights and sounds of the country. There is plenty to be seen in a town and children accustomed to the ways of the streets become nimble-witted enough. But the scraps of information to be picked up in a town are isolated fragments; they do not hang on to anything else, nor come to anything more; the information may be convenient, but no one is the wiser for knowing which side of the street is Smith’s, and which turning leads to Thompson’s shop. Continue reading