Tuesday 21 August 2018

How does Charlotte Mason Define Twaddle? {Take a Look Tuesday}

Welcome to Take a Look Tuesday.  I rather like the sound of that and think I may just change Tuesday's Treasures to Take a Look Tuesday.  Books are my passion and if you ever drop on in for a cup of tea I would gently have to inform you that the library of books you will encounter are a result of who I am rather than home educting.

The quaility of the books upon my shelves are solely the fault of my home educating journey and Charlotte Mason!  Years ago when reading a Charlotte Mason Companion I was introduced to a wonderful word - TWADDLE (drivel, nonsense, prattle, rubbish...)  I knew from my homeschool friends that twaddle was something to avoid in my book selections, but I wanted to know how to evaluate a book before I used in our home school?

How does Charlotte Mason Define Twaddle
This year I have begun reading Charlotte in her own words with a group of commited home educating Mums in an effort to pursue a better understanding of a Charlotte Mason education and have discovered that Charlotte Mason had some very particular thoughts concerning twaddle.

What does Charlotte say about Twaddle?

Volume 2 {Parents and Children} page 263 
  • Children must be Nurtured on the Best 
  • There must never be a period in their lives when they are allowed to read or listen to twaddle or reading-made-easy. 
  • There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told.

The Four Tests to be Applied to a book

Volume 1 {Home Education} page 177
  1. should provide material for their mental growth,
  2. should exercise the several powers of their minds, 
  3. should furnish them with fruitful ideas
  4. should afford them knowledge, really valuable for its own sake, accurate, and interesting, of the kind that the child may recall as a man with profit and pleasure.

Why should we avoid twaddle?

  • Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing: and we must bear in mind that growth; physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education. – Charlotte Mason
  • Volume 2 {Parents and Children} page 263 - For the children? They must grow up upon the best . . . There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told.

Read More about Twaddle within the Charlotte Mason Community

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  1. I love Charlotte Mason. This is a great reminder about Twaddle!

    1. I'm growing a love for her original writing and I'm so happy I've taken the time to read it. I loved finding her criteria for Twaddle free literature

  2. on the flip side... I think there is always room for twaddle... and one person's twaddle is another person's inspiration. :)

  3. I struggle with wanting to avoid twaddle and still making sure that I allow for entertaining reading not just educational.


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