Brandy is pleased to have Karen Glass back on the show today. Karen is the author of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, she’s the brain behind Mind to Mind, an abridgment of Charlotte Mason’s sixth volume, and her third book, Know and Tell: The Art of Narration just debuted last month. Karen Glass is part of the Advisory of AmblesideOnline. She has four children, mostly grown and married, who were homeschooled using Charlotte Mason’s methods from beginning to end. She has been studying and writing about Charlotte Mason and Classical Education for over twenty years.

In today’s episode, Brandy and Karen dig deeply into the connection between narration and knowledge. Unfortunately, because Karen is in Poland, the sound is below our normal quality. We guarantee, however, it is still worth listening!



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3 Responses

  • I so much enjoyed this. I appreciate how much better I remember things when I narrate and also notice how much it enhances my daughters’ education.

    My understanding is that you guys think memorization is not very effective. Do you assign Bible memorization in your homeschool, and if not, what do you recommend instead?

    • We have always done Bible memorization. I can’t speak for Mystie, but we do Charlotte Mason style memorization. This means that we choose a passage within the large section of Scripture we are reading for Bible (which will also be narrated) during the term. For younger children, this is usually 6 verses; more for older. We usually memorize by just reading the passage aloud each day, though sometimes a child gets motivated and works on it on their own time.

      We don’t usually do the list type of memorization that seems to be popular because I believe facts should always be presented in the context of living ideas. So that doesn’t mean no memorization, but rather it means long form so that there is context. So speeches or lines from Shakespeare or whole poems, etc. Math facts after they understand the function. I think that’s all I can think of. 🙂

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