Sunday, 2 November 2008
Habit Training the Charlotte Mason Way
"Let children alone-...the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions - a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose."
These words are of great encouragement to me... but I need to" first secure that they will go the right way" before my children can "grow to fruitful purpose"
Habit training is another wonderful part of a Charlotte Mason education. Here is another wonderful quote from Miss Mason for us mothers to remember & teach our children:
"I am, I can, I ought, I will"
I have worked on habit training previously with my girls, but, sadly I have been inconsistent in perhaps one of the most important areas...so that is where we will begin:
First time obedience
Here are 3 definitions from Character Journal.com
~Submission to the restraint or commands of authority. (Dictionary Definition)
~Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely-appointed authority. (Operational Definition)
~Learning the importance of limitations and the meaning of the word "no." Responding to the wishes of God, parents, and others in authority. Yielding the right to have the final decision. (Operational Definition)
When I call for my children, I expect them to reply "coming Mummy!" & when I tell them to do something, I expect them to say "yes Mummy" I believe in keeping things simple :)
Some Bible stories to read:
~The story of David who's obedience to his father (1 Samuel 17) led to his victory over Goliath. Had David not obeyed the instructions of his father, he would have missed this significant opportunity to defeat the enemies of God.
~The story of Naaman in 2 Kings chapter 5
Scripture to learn:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Here is some very useful information on training obedience.
I also have Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook. This is a *wonderful* resource for habit training the CM way. I believe there is a free downloadable sample.
I also found a free goal setting page that can be used for habit training & stored in your home or school notebook.
Last, but no means by least, I shall remember this:
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.