Charlotte Mason Science Conversations For Young Scholars

Charlotte Mason Science Conversations

Create Little Scholars With Charlotte Mason Science Conversations

Charlotte Mason wanted children to be given the skills of the scholars, starting simply yet with intention.

She respected the mind of the child and developed a teaching philosophy that encouraged good quality science education. She discouraged lecturing but preferred the casual pointing out of scenery, plants, insects and anything else of interest.

Encourage your child to ask why!

“He must be accustomed to ask why — Why does the wind blow? Why does the river flow? Why is a leaf-bud sticky? And do not hurry to answer his questions for him; let him think his difficulties out so far as his small experience will carry him” (Charlotte Mason Series Volume 1, p. 264).

Asking them to explain what they see is the beginning of forming a framework of reporting findings. Not all lessons need to have an attached worksheet to prove they learnt something. When a child makes a revelation through observation this is a worthy outcome. Enjoy it with them!

“One of the secrets of the educator is to present nothing as stale knowledge, but to put himself in the position of the child, and wonder and admire with him.” (Charlotte Mason Series Volume 1, p. 54).

When you answer their questions give your answers with as much “life” as you can.

Avoid Boring Answers from a Text Book.

“Above all, when you come to the rescue, let it not be in the ‘cut and dried’ formula of some miserable little text-book; let him have all the insight available, and you will find that on many scientific questions the child may be brought at once to the level of modern thought” (Charlotte Mason Series Volume 1, p. 264).

Some of the pre-digested science content offered to young children in textbooks is too much, too soon, too random or too boring. The wonder of science is taken from their lessons and it’s been stripped down into lesson objectives with complicated or oversimplified ideas.

Charlotte Mason Science conversations

Teach Observation Not Just Science Words

“Do not embarrass him with too much scientific nomenclature. If he discover for himself (helped, perhaps, by a leading question or two), by comparing an oyster and his cat, that some animals have backbones and some have not, it is less important that he should learn the terms vertebrate and invertebrate than that he should class the animals he meets with according to this difference” (Charlotte Mason Series Volume 1, p. 265).

Resources using Charlotte Mason Science Conversations principles.

My First Science – Earth Science Conversations

Recommended Age: 5 – 8 years old

earth science for kids

My First Science — Chemistry & Physics Conversations

Recommended Age: 5 – 8 years old

Chemistry and physics for young children


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