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I am beginning a new series of posts with select quotations by Charlotte Mason. I’m choosing quotes that both represent her philosophy and that speak to me personally. I am not a CM purist by any means, but I do value her perspective on teaching children and find much of her writing both inspiring and practical.
Miss Mason on the teaching of history
Let him, on the contrary, linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man, is at home in the ways of that period. Though he is reading and thinking of the lifetime of a single man, he is really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.
from Home Education, Vol. 1 Part XVIII.–History, p.280
I totally agree with Charlotte Mason here, and this is precisely why we have avoided any textbooks during Emma’s education. Instead, I prefer to use biographies of great men and women or other living books which preserve the narrative of history. Textbooks reduce the natural stories of history to lists of dry facts, numbers, and emotionless cause and effect.
But living history books — even historical fiction — capture the imagination while informing the mind. The reader soaks in the the facts of history in a natural and enjoyable way that forms a much stronger base of understanding than rote memorization.
Home Education is in the public domain and can be accessed in its entirety at Archive.org.
More Quotes in this Series
This quotes series is part of the iHomeschool Network Quotation Link-up.