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Through weekly conversations, three moms who have studied the Charlotte Mason method of education and put her ideas into practice in their homes join together to share with one another for the benefit of listeners by giving explanations of Mason's principles and examples of those principles put into practice out of their own teaching experience. These short discussions aim at providing information, support, and encouragement for others by unfolding the myriad aspects.

Liz Cottrill, Emily Kiser and Nicole Williams


    • Sep 16, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 34m AVG DURATION
    • 247 EPISODES

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    Episode 245: CM In Your Community: Book Publishing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 35:59


    The spreading of the practice of Charlotte Mason's method has created a demand for living books, old standbys that this generation deserves to know. This week begins this season's new series: Charlotte Mason in Our Community with a focus this month on book publishing with an interview of Rachel North, a Charlotte Mason enthusiast who lives in England and has restored, updated, and transformed  some of the classic books Mason used to again find their place in our curriculum.

    Episode 244: Home Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 42:06


    A Charlotte Mason education requires a lot of time and effort on the part of the teacher to prepare the best feast for the children. How does the parent also manage all the needs of daily life in the home at the same time? Listen to Emily, Nicole, and Liz discuss home management while homeschooling for some wisdom gained from their own experience.

    Episode 243: Scheduling Handicrafts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 43:52


    This new episode on handicrafts contains further revelation on Charlotte Mason's  purpose and approach to handicrafts. Emily, Nicole, and Liz, as always, draw out the practical application for this crucial, seemingly complicated, and vital part of the feast. Whether you are crafty or inept, there is wise advice for implementation here.

    Episode 242: Intro to Season 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 21:16


    Welcome to Season Eight! Emily, Nicole, and Liz are delighted to bring you up to date on new helps for teaching being offered  at A Delectable Education's site, events to look forward to, and an overview of the great things you can expect in the coming school year on the podcast as they continue to share the riches of the Charlotte Mason feast.

    Episode 241: Seasonal Reflections

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 26:22


    Charlotte Mason encouraged the habit of gratitude. This end-of-year season wrap-up episode is a collection of testimonials from mothers who have experienced the benefits of her method. Emily, Liz, and Nicole are encouraging every mother, before the books are tossed aside for the year, to take time to reflect on the past year of lessons. If you want to end the year with a song instead of a sigh, listen to be reminded of all that's good.

    Episode 240: Charlotte Mason Math

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 67:28


    As with every subject, Charlotte Mason's method starts with ideas and continues with natural instruction according to her principles. Math is no exception. Guests Emily Al-Khatib and Heather Schultz unpack the underlying principles of Charlotte Mason's approach to math and reveal a glimpse of the beauty and truth that will be revealed as Miss Mason's method is applied to mathematics. Emily, Liz, and Nicole touch on the most common questions, concerns, fears, and perplexities teachers have about math with these enthusiastic math teachers.

    Episode 239: Drawing

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 49:22


    Why did Charlotte Mason include drawing as one of the essential subjects in her curriculum? And why is ADE re-releasing the original discussion on drawing as one of the basics this season? This return to the subject of drawing will refresh your thinking about the necessity of drawing, its broad application to many subjects, and some practical guidance for implementing drawing in the feast.

    Episode 238: Handling Bad Attitudes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 57:29


    Charlotte Mason's counsel on education extends beyond academics to sound parenting advice. It's wonderful to come to the feast, but what if the learners at the table have such bad attitudes that it spoils the meal? Liz, Emily, and Nicole discuss the reality of facing the challenges of children with bad attitudes and ways of dealing with them.

    Episode 237: Writing: Grammar & Composition

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 46:18


    This week's Charlotte Mason podcast episode is a re-release of a fundamental subject: writing. There is far more to composition than mechanical knowledge. This episode reveals the progression from oral narration to the polished compositions of the upper forms and includes a discussion of grammar, written narration, and composition.

    Episode 236: Poetry

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 69:41


    For Charlotte Mason, poetry was a life giving instructor and inspirer of the children. This podcast episode includes special guest, Jono Kiser, a lover, writer, and teacher of poetry. Together the ADE ladies and Jono attempt to scratch the surface of the vast scope and value of poetry. If you love it, or are unsure, unfamiliar, unenthusiastic, or unconvinced, enter into this conversation and know delight is waiting for you.

    Episode 235: When the Feast is Too Much

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 43:10


    Overwhelmed? Overwrought? Or, just over it all? This episode is a re-release of one of our top listened to discussions, because when the broad feast feels unachievable or suffocating, we all need encouragement and perspective.

    Episode 234: ADE Book Club: Peace Like a River

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 42:57


    Charlotte Mason set her method firmly on the power of narrative. This episode is the book discussion of a novel from 2001: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Miss Mason kept up with current literature and said "our novels are our teachers." This beautiful, symbolic, realistic, and panoramic novel is an excellent teacher. Emily, Nicole, and Liz have a grand time unwrapping some aspects that reveal some of its wonders.

    Episode 233: Method of Lessons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 52:27


    Charlotte Mason advocated a "method" of lessons, which included comments to the teacher about preparing for lessons. What is included in this practice, why is it necessary or helpful, and how do we implement effective planning? Lessons are far more than simply reading and narrating. Keeping students on track throughout a school year takes some vigilant and diligent work on the teacher's part. Enjoy this re-release of a former episode with relevance for every single school week.

    Episode 232: Forecasting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 36:19


    Charlotte Mason's curriculum set appropriately short lessons in many varied subjects. Her programs included timetables to help organize the short morning lessons. This episode is a discussion of how the teacher may prepare, predict, and preplan for the upcoming term to accomplish covering the material. We call it forecasting--a flexible plan for success, a term  Charlotte Mason probably would have appreciated.

    Episode 231: Picture & Composer Study

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 41:07


    Merry Christmas to all. This re-release of an early episode on picture study and music appreciation begins with a few tips and updates and is appropriate for a feast for the eyes, ears, and heart during this special season. For the not-to-be missed lessons, including art and music is the life-giving energy for the rest of the feast.

    Episode 230: Education Is...

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 44:36


    Charlotte Mason made several statements that began, "Education is…" This episode teases out many of her definitions of education. Emily, Nicole, and Liz discuss her perspective on education and how it applies to us today.

    Episode 229: Exams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 44:20


    Term examinations in Charlotte Mason's schools were mandatory. This re-release of our 2017 podcast episode explores the purpose of examinations, what was covered, and how we evaluate our child's performance, with a slight update from what we've learned over the last four years.

    Seasonal Announcements

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 3:12


    We're popping into the feed today with three short announcements about upcoming events and items you'll want to know about.

    Episode 228: Mastery Before Moving On

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 57:59


    Did Charlotte Mason advocate the common notion of "mastery before moving on?" Liz, Emily, and Nicole discuss this popular idea and, based on Miss Mason's principles, the cases when moving on with or without mastery of a subject are beneficial for the student.

    Episode 227: Writing--Transcription & Dictation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 32:33


    A Charlotte Mason education is grounded in principles of teaching, not just products. This is critical in the area of writing, whether handwriting or written composition. Since writing is essential, enjoy this re-release of our original show with some new preliminary comments.

    Episode 226: Making Plans for Physical Geography

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 52:42


    This week's Charlotte Mason podcast is an interview with a mom of five on the subject of physical geography. Morgan Conner wanted to know more about her region, wanted to learn how to do geography walks, and shares with us how this came about. If you don't know much about your locale, its geology, or how to incorporate geography walks, you will be delighted with the practical and informative suggestions Morgan shares.

    Episode 225: Nature Study

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 35:31


    Nature study is essential in a Charlotte Mason education. In revisiting "the basics," this is the reason we offer you this re-release of our original nature study episode. Even if you have been studying nature with your children for years, you will be re-inspired and grateful for the world that has been given.

    Episode 224: Combining Multiple Students

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 51:06


    Charlotte Mason increased the feast both in variety of lessons and length of lessons as the children grew, but how does one teacher with multiple students in multiple grades manage? This episode explores many of the possibilities for combining children of different levels. Creative structuring and a knowledge of what each needs is key, and there are lots of options at every stage for sharing lessons.

    Season 7 Trailer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 22:54


    Another season of Charlotte Mason episodes is around the corner. Want to know what series we will be doing, what new projects we have to offer, and what to expect? Emily, Nicole, and Liz give some sneak previews.

    Episode 223: Short Topics #6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 33:20


    This Charlotte Mason podcast episode addresses three short topics: the lists of attainments for six and 12-year-olds, what age is right to start school, and memorization. Liz, Emily, and Nicole each tackle one of these and gives you the short and simple advice from Charlotte Mason.

    Episode 222: Ourselves, Part IV

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 35:52


    In Charlotte Mason's book addressed to students, she wrote them a chapter on vocation. This episode concludes our series on the first book of Ourselves and is an informal chat about our calling in general, our children's callings in particular, and some of the ways we can encourage them to follow theirs.

    Episode 221: For Kids Who Are New to CM

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 26:32


    Instead of focusing on the principles and feast of curriculum subjects for the teacher, this episode speaks directly to the students who are beginning their Charlotte Mason education. Maybe you have never experienced school at home, but even if you have, this new way of doing school is going to be different than any other school experience you have had. Since this education expects you to do the work of your own education, we thought it only fair for you to know a thing or two about it.

    Episode 220: Ourselves, Part III: Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 32:07


    Charlotte Mason's book for students, Ourselves,  is valuable to homeschool parents and all teachers, too. This episode in the series highlighting sections of Ourselves addresses a hot topic in our culture today: justice. Specifically, what do the opinions we hold have to do with doing what is right to others?

    Episode 219: ADE at Home Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 88:12


    From the wisdom of Charlotte Mason for homeschool families, we share a session from the ADE at Home Conference in February 2021: a long Q&A session. Here are dozens of questions of everyday school problems with attitudes and behavior, habit training, and lots and lots of discussion on scheduling and planning from the multitudinous questions we received that day.

    Episode 218: Ourselves, Part III: Loyalty

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 37:46


    This episode on the series covering Charlotte Mason's volume Ourselves addresses one aspect of the portion of "The House of Heart," namely, loyalty. What do love and loyalty have to do with one another? How does awareness of loyalty affect our life? Emily, Nicole, and Liz discuss this topic, relevant for our students as well as their teachers.

    Episode 217: The Work and Aims of the P.U.S.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 30:45


    For those who try to wrap their mind about the enormous feast Charlotte Mason offered in her curriculum, today's episode is a treasure. Emily, Nicole, and Liz read  for you a hundred-year-old article that was once presented for the very purpose of giving interested educators an overview of this educational model. Enjoy listening and reading it yourself, then explore valuable links to guide you into more valuable nuggets.

    Episode 216: Ourselves, Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 37:31


    What do beauty and homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way have to do with one another? This free-form conversation discusses the inborn need to appreciate beauty in everyone, its development, its false counterparts, and how the feast develops this aesthetic sense in children.

    Episode 215: Nature Walks

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 56:55


    A keynote of a Charlotte Mason education is the nature walk. Would you believe we have never had an episode dedicated solely to this topic? By way of apology for the delay, this episode covers all things nature walk--where, when, how, what preparations, destinations, options for families or groups of families. Spring has sprung, and this episode should inspire you whether you are a beginner or an old hand at nature rambles and hikes.

    Episode 214: Ourselves, Part I

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 40:26


    Charlotte Mason addresses concerns about our body in Ourselves and this week's lively discussion focuses on the body's need for rest. Not just our students, but homeschool teachers also need rest. We hope this episode will energize you to consider how to work true rest into your life.

    Episode 213: Book Discussion: Waverley

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 35:49


    A Charlotte Mason education included the best novels the world had to offer. This episode is a lively discussion of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley, a book Miss Mason referred to in all of her six volumes and one of the first English historical novels. To read it is to understand more about Miss Mason, and ourselves.

    ADE at HOME Announcement

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 4:37


    Our first ever ADE at HOME Virtual Conference was a great success...but it's not over! Take a quick listen to hear some exciting news, and a chance to WIN access to all the content from this weekend's event.

    Episode 212: Ourselves: Introductory

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 25:07


    Charlotte Mason homeschoolers know that the curriculum feeds the whole person. Miss Mason tackled helping young persons to understand themselves and their place in the world through one of her volumes, Ourselves, to widen their understanding of themselves and the world they live in. This episode gives an overview of the purpose and plan for this book in the feast and is the first of the season 6 podcast series covering topics from Self-Knowledge, the first book of Ourselves.

    Episode 211: Short Topics #5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 38:12


    Charlotte Mason developed her educational method upon underlying philosophical principles, but many of those influences popular in her day are unknown to today's homeschooling teachers. This episode unpacks three prominent figures who were giants in education then, discussed in Miss Mason's Home Education series, and attempts to distill their contributions, and to compare and contrast them to the ideas Miss Mason rejected or accepted.

    Episode 210: Short Synopsis: 20

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 40:56


    Of supreme importance to homeschool and other educators is knowing who Charlotte Mason called "The Supreme Educator of all mankind"--the Holy Spirit. This podcast episode discusses the implications of her capstone point in the synopsis, the role of the Holy Spirit in education.

    Episode 209: Personal Daily Bible Reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 31:32


    This Christmas Day episode is a discussion of Bible reading, a subject found in Charlotte Mason's programs, but was for the child's personal Bible reading. Emily, Liz, and Nicole discuss why this is an important habit for our children and how we can encourage our children in their own Bible reading.

    Episode 208: Short Synopsis: 16-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 58:00


    For every homeschool teacher, Charlotte Mason's wisdom on the child's personality is invaluable. This next installment of the synopsis, points 16-19, covers these two aspects, aspects the teacher has an obligation to understand and instruct their children in.

    Episode 207: Moral Develeopment

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2020 41:20


    Homeschool parents recognize that there is more to education than academic subjects. Charlotte Mason was careful to ground the teacher's understanding in the moral responsibility of training children. This episode addresses moral development in the child and how to foster it through authority, habits, and the living ideas children are served in the curriculum.

    Episode 206: Short Synopsis 13-15

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 50:36


    Charlotte Mason's short synopsis of the main points of her educational  method is useful to homeschool and classroom teachers. This episode continues through this "synopsis," moving beyond philosophical foundations to determining the curriculum and how implementing it is best accomplished.

    Episode 205: Scale How Evenings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2020 35:18


    Charlotte Mason's training college was unique, but it was not all study and offers some scope for imagination to today's homeschool families implementing her method. This episode discusses the Scale How evenings that were part of the community life of her college to offer information and inspiration for how such social gatherings could round out a delightful education.

    Episode 204: Short Synopsis Points 9-12

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2020 59:57


    Charlotte Mason distilled her philosophy into some succinctly stated principles, and the homeschool or classroom teacher does well to underpin their efforts by considering the philosophy that drives the teaching. Today's episode addresses principles 9-12, the specifics of what we believe about the mind, how it learns, and what the teacher must not do to impose on the natural development of a child in acquiring knowledge.

    Episode 203: Short Topics #4

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2020 37:33


    Homeschool teachers must consider many aspects of education beyond the books and pencils, especially with the Charlotte Mason method. This "shorts" episode includes three widely dispersed topics: the role of the "State," sensations and feelings, and mottos.

    Episode 202: Short Synopsis Points 5-8

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2020 50:11


    Whether you homeschool, or wherever you teach with Charlotte Mason's method, a working knowledge of her synopsis is essential. This second installment addresses the three instruments of education covered in points 5-8. Questions for your discussion group are included to help facilitate your conversation and application.

    Episode 201: Short Synopsis Points 1-4

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2020 55:03


    Charlotte Mason summed up her underpinning principles of education in a few succinct points. This episode is the first in a series that will take a related group of principles and unfold them one by one. Find a friend or share with your study group to discuss the questions after listening to the content and thinking through the accompanying questions.

    Episode 200: News! Announcements! Managing a CM Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2020 94:16


    Charlotte Mason's method of education creeps into our entire lives as educators--not just school time. This podcast is entering its sixth season and we celebrate this landmark number and beginning of season by reviewing and reflecting on a number of topics. We take a brief look back on our time together so far, changes the COVID circumstance has made on our own lives, share some news, some plans for the future personally and on the podcast,  announce coming opportunities and ideas for our listeners, and wind up with tips for surviving the constant juggling of home, work, and schooling at home.

    Episode 199: Multi-Age Math Immersion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2020 62:38


    This immersion lesson demonstrates how to combine children of different ages and levels of learning during a single math lesson with Charlotte Mason's method of teaching. Emily Al-Khatib and her three sons give a dynamic picture of how a sunshiny atmosphere, order and discipline, and living ideas make math a productive and enjoyable lesson together.

    Episode 198: CM in Our Homes: Matthew Milliner

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2020 62:02


    Charlotte Mason is to be thanked for introducing young children to the beauty of art in school lessons. This episode of Charlotte Mason in our homes is an interview with Matthew Milliner, art history professor at Wheaton, College, whose children are being taught at home with Miss Mason's method and who is learning to apply her pedagogy in his college classroom.

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