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Living History

“Imagination does not stir at the suggestion of the feeble, much diluted stuff that is too often put into children’s hands.” 

“The fatal mistake is in the notion that he must learn ‘outlines,’ of the whole history…of the world. 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 life time of a single man, he is really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.”  Charlotte Mason 

Charlotte Mason’s principles of History have long resonated with us and been implemented in our learning journey. Long term readers know of  our love of Living Books.

Combing book lists, searching for quality books for various areas of history can be be time consuming but hugely rewarding.  Reading plays a large component of our studies and through living books  our children are ‘intimate’ with  large chunks of history of various areas.

With 13 years of homeschooling I can confidently see the ‘fruits’ of this Living History approach.  Constantly I am delighted when a topic will come up and a child can give the backgrounds as to that nation, event etc.


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