The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason by Laurie Bestvater

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"We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life." Charlotte Mason "Composition books and blank journals are readily available at every big box and corner store, available so inexpensively as to be common and ironic as we reach that digital dominion, the projected 'paperless culture.' Shall we despair the future of the notebook? Is the practice an anachronism in an age where one's thoughts and pictures, doings and strivings are so easily recorded on a smartphone or blog, and students in even the youngest classrooms are handed electronic tablets with textbooks loaded and worksheets at the ready? Or is there something indispensable in the keeping of notebooks without which human beings would be the poorer?" THE LIVING PAGE invites the reader to take a closer look in the timeless company of 19th century educator, Charlotte Mason.

Laurie Bestvater has been discovering wisdom in Charlotte Mason's pedagogy for almost two decades applying it at home, in the classroom and with community groups. She is a persistent keeper of notebooks and works to share Mason's relational model of education as a speaker, small group leader, writer and consultant.

Underpinnings Press

Pub Date: October 16, 2013

0.44" H x 9.02" L x 5.98" W

210 pages