Welcome to week 25, Habit may supplant Nature Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-Along Series.
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Habit May Supplant Nature Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-along
This week we are reading pages 105-107 of the Home Education volume. Habit May Supplant Nature.
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I am using the Original Homeschooling Series, Volume One, Home Education- the pink books.
Habit runs on the lines of nature
The only thing stronger than human nature is habit. However, Charlotte also says that habit runs on the lines of nature. Nature is simply the actions that the child habitually repeats and strengthens.
But habit may be a lever
But, when used properly, habit can be a lever to lift a child above their own nature. To accomplish this, the habit must work contrary to the nature of a child.
Habits form the behavior and character of a child as seen in the many examples we see on a daily basis.
A mother forms her children’s habits involuntarily
Whether we realize it or not, habits are formed partly because of how mothers (and fathers) have brought up their children. Charlotte argues that there is nothing that a mother cannot bring her child up to. She is adamant that every mother has even just a few rules or standards that her children will never violate. She involuntarily passes these on to her children.
Habit forces nature in new channels
Habit is a power that forces human nature into new channels. Anything can be accomplished by persistent habits. CM provides several examples to illustrate this fact both in humans and in animals.
Parents and teachers must lay down lines of habit
It is the parents and teachers who must teach and cultivate habits in the children so that they may not be hindered in life and be able to advance in the right direction with minimum effort.
My takeaway from This Week’s Charlotte Mason Reading
“Man is a bundle of habits.” This phrase struck me this week and it has me wondering what types of habits in my own life have hindered me and made progress harder for me in life. How can I, as the mother and educator, correct this in myself and teach my children a better way? How can I use habit to correct the wrong nature operating in myself and my children? I look forward to more learning from Ms. Mason in the coming weeks.