The CMP Review — Week of July 8

The CMP Review — Week of July 8

July 8, 2024

“Needs of body, needs of mind, e.g., food, warmth, healing – love, justice, hope, companionship, security, etc., etc. A long list — do you notice that in a really happy home they all get attention? Not all at once, all the time, but each need gets answered, some time, in some way. We are in need and we feel a desire, we want something deeply, passionately — affection, notice, a friend, quiet, whatever it may be. Our needs are the ground of our human nature from which our thoughts, hopes, fears and joys grow up. Children are especially needy people. That is why Fathers and Mothers must be peacemakers, must give loving thought and care in order that the children may have their four great needs supplied — Leadership, Healing, Feeding, and Teaching.” (Essex Cholmondeley, Parents Are Peacemakers)


July 9, 2024

Imagine it is a quiet Sunday afternoon in the remote recesses of Ambleside. You are invited to gather in the drawing room of a Georgian mansion whose Norse name means “summer lodge on a hill.” The occasion is a Bible talk, and the speaker is Miss Charlotte Mason.

This is what Kathleen Conder experienced not just one Sunday every Sunday for several months. She had the privilege of hearing Mason’s “Scale How Meditations” as they were first presented. She experienced firsthand the very early days when the House of Education was guided by Mason’s own active and energetic hand.

In 1952 Miss Conder wrote down her memories of those days. Read or hear what it was like to learn from Miss Mason, not from the books but from the person herself. You can find this touching and inspiring story here.


July 10, 2024

It was so much fun to discover a wren’s full nest in the Christmas Cactus outside the door.

The eggs are so beautiful and mama bird takes such good care of them. We read that the male will build a few nests in various places and his wife will choose which she likes best.


July 11, 2024

Back in 2008, I set out for a seven hour drive with my firstborn who was then nine years old. We were heading to our first Living Education Retreat, and I wanted to enjoy time with my son on the way. It was the first time I ever spoke to an audience about Charlotte Mason.

Now sixteen years later we are back. It’s my son’s second Living Education Retreat, and this time he’s joined by his sister and his new brother-in-law. So much has happened in the intervening years, but I am just as excited as ever to be talking about Charlotte Mason.

One of the most rewarding outcomes of implementing Charlotte Mason’s ideas in my homeschool is finding my adult children wanting to learn more about these ideas themselves. It gives me hope that ideas born in Ambleside and replanted in America will grow and expand for generations to come.


July 14, 2024

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