Ourselves

Ourselves Ourselves the fourth volume of Charlotte Mason s Classic Homeschooling Series is a character curriculum book written directly to children Book I Self Knowledge is for elementary school students Bo

  • Title: Ourselves
  • Author: Charlotte M. Mason
  • ISBN: 9780842313582
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ourselves, the fourth volume of Charlotte Mason s Classic Homeschooling Series, is a character curriculum book written directly to children Book I, Self Knowledge, is for elementary school students Book II, Self Direction, is for older students Self Knowledge discusses our human desires and appetites the helpers in our minds, such as intellect, sense of beauty, imagiOurselves, the fourth volume of Charlotte Mason s Classic Homeschooling Series, is a character curriculum book written directly to children Book I, Self Knowledge, is for elementary school students Book II, Self Direction, is for older students Self Knowledge discusses our human desires and appetites the helpers in our minds, such as intellect, sense of beauty, imagination, and reason the ways in which we feel and express love for others, including sympathy, kindness, generosity, gratitude, courage, loyalty, and humilty and truth, justice, and integrity and ends by encourages children to develop the habit of being useful Self Direction is an in depth discussion of the conscience and virtues such as temperance, chastity, fortitude, and prudence the will and self control and the soul and its capacities, such as prayer, thanksgiving, faith, and praise Charlotte Mason was a late nineteenth century British educator whose ideas were far ahead of her time She believed that children are born persons worthy of respect, rather than blank slates, and that it was better to feed their growing minds with living literature and vital ideas and knowledge, rather than dry facts and knowledge filtered and pre digested by the teacher Her method of education, still used by some private schools and many homeschooling families, is gentle and flexible, especially with younger children, and includes first hand exposure to great and noble ideas through books in each school subject, conveying wonder and arousing curiosity, and through reflection upon great art, music, and poetry nature observation as the primary means of early science teaching use of manipulatives and real life application to understand mathematical concepts and learning to reason, rather than rote memorization and working endless sums and an emphasis on character and on cultivating and maintaining good personal habits.

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    • Mecque says:

      This book was wonderful. I got more out of it than I ever thought possible, and it might have changed my life. Mason puts a lifetime of wisdom in simple but profound terms, and I honestly enjoyed the whole thing. By starting with appetites and ending with the soul, she explores the complete human as we know ourselves. Reading just a chapter of this book is helpful, but reading the whole is illuminating. Of course some of her attitudes are dated, but her defense of her ideas is thorough and convi [...]

    • Amy says:

      Because it was originally published in 1905, the tone and some of the content seem quaint and antiquated. In spite of that, Ourselves ranks among the most worthwhile books I have read to my children. An openly Christian book written to help children develop good character, it is divided into two books. The first, "Self-Knowledge," is for children under 16 and the other, "Self-Direction," is for children 16 and older. Because of the density of the text, we read it a few paragraphs at a time at br [...]

    • Sherry Elmer says:

      At the beginning, I thought this would be my least favorite of Charlotte Mason's books. It is written to children, and the whole concept of "Mansoul" seemed a little silly to me. However, it turned out to be a wonderful book and worthy of the time of any child or adult who is interested in education, particularly self-education.

    • Lmichelleb says:

      This has been my favorite volume of Charlotte Mason's writings so far! The visualization of the kingdom of Mansoul is for me a lasting impression of who I am made to be by God. I look forward to discussing this with my children when they read it!

    • Amy says:

      This might actually be my favorite so far (I haven't finished Formation), of Charlotte Mason's works. I can't articulate why yet, still mulling over it, but I absolutely loved it. I especially found Book 2 to be challenging and beautiful!

    • Deanna says:

      Another home run with Charlotte Mason.This book focuses on ourselves and obtaining appropriate habits. I enjoyed her comments especially about sloth and over eating. She says about food, "Never think of your meals till they come, and, while you are eating, talk and think of something more amusing than your food." (pg. 13 in Book 1 of "Ourselves" which is in the fourth volume in the series) She also discourses on not letting our taste buds rule us.She references several times to the value of the [...]

    • Sandra Zack says:

      Though the start of our journey in home schooling beginning with 9th grade was a bit rocky, we have finally settled on Charlotte Mason and it's just a perfect curriculum for us. Reading Ourselves together is inspiring both mother and daughter!

    • Jennifer says:

      To be read and reread regularly. So much good stuff.

    • Michaela says:

      I am really enjoying reading the whole series of the Charlotte Mason books. This is book 4 and is written for students, with the first part written for younger students and the second part for older students. However, it is useful for us all! I have learnt a lot reading this book and it has helped flesh out some of the philosophy from earlier books and gives lots of examples. I love in particular how books are key to learning in Miss Mason’s educational philosophy and this book contains lot so [...]

    • Ardyth says:

      The first half of this ("Book I") is quite good, given the target audience of Victorian and Edwardian teen girls, though I didn't love it as much as Mason's first three volumes. Book II was a bit heavy-handed for my taste. I'm ambivalent see her points, but not convinced about this particular delivery - especially at the idea of having my teen son read it when the time comes. It's not poor, it's just okay.

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