February 17, 2020

The educational methods of Charlotte Mason are grounded in a philosophy whose first principle is that "Children are born persons." Mason recognized that the function of even the youngest mind is far more complex than that of receiving and regurgitati...

January 6, 2020

Because Charlotte Mason's method is so strongly associated with wide reading of literature, her recommendations regarding books for young children may be surprising.

"Away with books and 'reading to'—for the first five or six years of life," she decla...

November 18, 2019

The following is a conversation I recorded five years ago, while taking MoMA's museum teaching course on the Coursera platform. I was practicing the inquiry method, which resonated with what I knew of Mason's Picture Talk method. K. R. Hammond explai...

November 11, 2019

I may be una Americana Americana (the American-born daughter of American-born parents), but that's not quite the same as plain American. Spanish was my first language; my first word—luna—was spoken as I pointed to the shining moon. By the time I was...

November 4, 2019

While brightly colored flowers and berries are designed to catch the eye, and are immediate and beautiful choices for the nature journal, we might come to regard leaves as merely accents or “boring.” (You know what I mean if you’ve ever been surround...

October 28, 2019

On these cooler nights I crave nothing like great books and good cheese. Book & Board has been envisioned as a meeting of the two—along with friends, wine, and maybe even a board game. Will you join me?

Our book for winter 2020 is Only the Lover Sings...

October 21, 2019

It is autumn at Snowden's Dam, though the sun is a summer's sun blazing down on the little group that has come clutching nature journals and paintboxes.

Behind the fringe of mangroves that lines the bay shore is a damp stretch of open ground. This she...

October 14, 2019

Her name was Peromyscus leucopus, but she did not know it. I think it had been a long time since the mice around Port William spoke English, let alone Latin. Her language was a dialect of Mouse, a tongue for which we humans have never developed a voc...

October 7, 2019

Orange trees, palms, and an enormous, mossy live oak shade a shabby four-room cottage on the St. Johns River. Gardenia and hibiscus bloom with other tropical flowers in the front garden; and in the back, a broad veranda festooned with honeysuckle ove...

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