Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesday – See That He Knows – {Bonus: Silent Narrations} | Wildflowers and Marbles
How injurious then is our habit of depreciating children; we water their books down and drain them of literary flavor, because we wrongly suppose that children cannot understand what we understand ourselves; what is worse, we explain and we question. A few pedagogic maxims should help us, such as, "Do not explain." "Do not question," "Let one reading of a passage suffice," "Require the pupil to relate the passage he has read." The child must read to know; his teacher's business is to see that he knows. All the acts of generalization, analysis, comparison, judgment, and so on, the mind performs for itself in the act of knowing." Have you ever met those teaching principles that seem daunting and intimidating because they're lengthy and involve layers and layers of exacting analysis? You know an idea is worthwhile and doable when it can be broken down so simply. The child reads to know, the teacher's job is to see that he knows. And, always insightful and anticipating our needs