Thursday, March 07, 2013

The shortest thing you'll ever hear Charlotte Mason say about curriculum: Philosophy of Education, Chapter 10

Knowledge of the Universe 

(c) Physical Development, Handicrafts

It is unnecessary, too, to say anything about games, dancing, physical exercises, needlework and other handicrafts as the methods employed in these are not exceptional. [Footnote:  For details see the Parents' Union School programmes.]  ~~ Charlotte Mason, Towards a Philosophy of Education, chapter 10

Well, maybe not to her!

(Please ignore the rude comments below the video.)

She does elaborate a bit more here:

"We have tried to show how pictures and music, birds and flowers and trees, geography, local history and geology, the atmosphere of great men (and what village is there which has not bred one great man?), public readings like that we have listened to on "George Borrow," the drama, useful and beautiful handicrafts and physical exercises, dances and songs, may become, some home delights, others the joys of the village community. A village Hall or public room and the Carnegie Library are all that citizens brought up in our schools require to make them in every sense, mental, moral and physical, self-supporting." ~~"P.N.E.U., A Service to the State," by Charlotte Mason

A few books to check out: 

Clay Modelling for Schools

Simple Repouss√© Work for Juniors, by Elizabeth J. Bradford, used up through at least Form IV (grade nine-ish)--this one seems to have disappeared into the ether, other than one short mention in a journal that I found yesterday and that doesn't come up today--search engines are a bit capricious sometimes, no?

The syllabus of physical exercises for public elementary schools, printed for H.M.S.O. by Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1909.  Page images available in the U.S. only.

Tried favourites cookery book, available on, discussed here on Kym's Kitchen.

Educational Needlecraft, by Margaret Swanson and Ann Macbeth, which appears to be an earlier version of Swanson's Needlecraft in the School, used through at least Form IV

The Little Girl's Sewing Book, ed. by Flora Klickmann (editor of the Girl's Own Paper), published by the Religious Tract Society (R.T.S.)

The Little Girl's Knitting and Crochet Book, same as above (blog post at that link, but not the full text).  The P.U.S. programme misnames it as The Little Girl's Knitting Book.

3 Antique sewing magazines, plain sewing, drawn thread and darning/mending
(First Lessons picture found here)

Related posts:
What's a Japanese curtain?, and other fun CM things (A Month with Charlotte Mason, #20)
Aunt Mai Update
Less Glitter to Clean Up


Carol said...

Thanks for the links. Just had a look at Educational Needlecraft - has age recommendations with the projects - very helpful.

amy in peru said...

so. much. fun.