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: Out-of-Door Geography

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


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

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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

Excerpt from The Kingdom of Heaven

Excerpted from The Kingdom of Heaven (The Saviour of the World – Vol. 3)
by Charlotte M. Mason
Part of an epic six volume set of poetry on the life of Christ.

BookCoverImageThe Passover was Nigh

The Passover was nigh; high Spring had come;
As when an army passing through a land
Leaves track of desolation, charred and sere,—
E’en so another host had passed that way
Leaving the land apulse with life and light!
Life had made her royal progress, hung her boughs
With rosy blossoms; made the waste to bloom—
Garden of flowers rich-painted, odorous; Continue reading

New Release! The Saviour of the World – Volume 3 – The Kingdom of Heaven

BookCoverImageThe Saviour of the World – Volume 3 – The Kingdom of Heaven

Author:  Charlotte Mason
Released: July 9, 2015
Paperback: 184 pages
ISBN-10: 1514752999
ISBN-13: 978-1514752999
List Price: $8.99  Reduced! $7.99

(Reprint of a title originally published in 1908.)

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Who is Charlotte Mason?

(c) The Armitt Museum and Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationCharlotte Mason was a British educator from the early part of the last century. Her methods and philosophies have recently experienced a resurgence—especially among American homeschooling families.

saviour of the world vol 1Simple Pleasures Press is pleased to be bringing Charlotte Mason’s six-volume set of poetry on the life of Christ back into print, as well as publishing the Charlotte Mason Topics series (excerpted and adapted from her original writings on the topic of education).

Mason’s emphasis on developing a lifetime love of learning was in stark contrast to the almost anti-child climate of her time.According to a World Wide Education Service (WES), pamphlet Charlotte Mason lived in an era when … Continue reading