Friday, November 30, 2012

who you know truly matters

Dear friend,

We had a lovely and energetic speaker today at our MOPS brunch.  Leigh Gray with Speaking Thru Me Ministries spoke on ministering to others during difficult times.  Interestingly, I had already begun this blog post and had planned to finish it this afternoon.  It speaks to the underlying support of the truth of Scripture and knowledge of God. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Beauty Grace and the Scent of a Flower

A Review: “The Weight of Glory”, C.S. Lewis (June 8, 1942) ~ published in Theology, Nov. 1941
Read: "The Weight of Glory"

Application: Living the Christian life in our modern culture – hope abounds…

This is quintessential Lewis. He begins with a casual thought then conversationally brings an idea to clarity and significance. Lewis brings the huge and insightful points right before you then neatly ties the beginning to the end showing how the seemingly insignificant matters after all. I also find it amazing how much Charlotte Mason philosophy parallels are seen here…

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Encouragement note

sus·te·nance noun \ˈsəs-tə-nən(t)s\
1 a : means of support, maintenance, or subsistence : living
   b : food, provisions; also : nourishment
2 a : the act of sustaining : the state of being sustained
   b : a supplying or being supplied with the necessaries of life
3: something that gives support, endurance, or strength

Good nutrition is in-style. In our quest for health, we use natural foods.  Fresh Market© grocery chains abound and organic ingredients are displayed in local stores and on restaurant menus. I ponder the meaning of this trend for life in general...  What about a healthy marriage? a healthy family? a healthy church? or even a healthy mind and soul?  I looked up ‘nutritious’ in Webster’s; it lists ‘sustenance’ as a synonym, so I followed the trail…

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dear Charlotte Mason Friend,

Let's talk about how to begin implementing narration.  It is a foundational principle in a CM education.  I would love to show you what narration is and the “how to” of this gentle style of teaching composition.  Yes, composition - that's what narration is - natural composition. It starts as only oral telling and eventually flows into written narrations.  More on that in another post... for now, begin by recognizing that narration is less about the teacher and more about the student and the process of the mind.  It is not a comprehension test.