I greatly enjoy inspiring quotes. They lift my spirits and give my mind something wonderful to "feast" upon. Charlotte Mason also felt this way as she encouraged her teachers to give their students "great thoughts to think on and mull over". With this in mind, I thought I would share some of Miss Mason's most wonderful, inspiring quotes from her six volume home school series.
"Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than anything else, future character and conduct depend..."
"What a child digs for becomes his own possession."
"An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing."
"A child gets moral notions from the fairy-tales he delights in."
"We have never been so rich in books, but there has never been a generation when there is so much twaddle in print for children."
"The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days."
"To introduce children to literature is to install them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn how to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child's intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find."
"Let children feed on the good, the excellent, the great!"
"Look on education as something between the child's soul and God. Modern Education tends to look on it as something between the child's brain and the standardized test."
"Give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information."
"The indwelling of Christ is a thought particularly fit for the children because their large faith does not stumble at the mystery, their imagination leaps readily to the marvel, that the King Himself should inhabit a little child's heart."
Take one of these quotes and print it up for yourself. Put it on a wall or a fridge to remind us of the beautiful work that has been entrusted to us. God has every confidence in you that you are the right person for this work as mother and educator. Have as much Faith in yourself as He does in you.
God love you, be assured of my prayers, and have a joy-filled day.