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S6E82: Morning Time for Moms (and Dads!), Part 2, with Summer and Mike Smith

Every plant bears fruit, ‘fruit and seed after his kind.’ All this is stale knowledge to older people, but 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; for every common miracle which the child sees with his own eyes makes of him for the moment another Newton.

Charlotte Mason, Home Education, p. 54

Show Summary:

  • On The New Mason Jar this week, Cindy and Dawn continue their Morning Time for Moms series with guests Summer and Mike Smith
  • How Summer and Mike first learned about Charlotte Mason and her philosophy
  • Mike’s early love for books and Summer’s own life of reading
  • How Mike and Summer continued to enjoy reading and self-education after formal schooling
  • Some thoughts on the college experience
  • How Summer keeps up her own education while homeschooling
  • How Mike and Summer help their children see ministry opportunities in their community

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Books and Links Mentioned:

In Vital Harmony by Karen Glass

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Ice Magic by Matt Christopher

The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Pickle Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

Calico Palace by Gwen Bristow

Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow

Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

American Regional Books by Lois Lenski

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Kent Family Chronicles series by John Jakes

Range by David Epstein

Holling C. Holling

The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Beyond Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The Iliad by Homer

The Aeneid by Virgil

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

C. S. Lewis

T. S. Eliot

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy

Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

The Major and the Missionary by Diana Pavlac Glyer

The Odyssey by Homer

A Curious Life for a Lady by Pat Barr

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

The Latin Letters of C. S. Lewis ed. and trans. by Martin Moynihan

Find Cindy and Dawn:

Morning Time for Moms

Cindy’s Patreon Discipleship Group

Mere Motherhood Facebook Group

The Literary Life Podcast

Cindy’s Facebook

Cindy’s Instagram

Dawn’s Swedish Drill website

Dawn’s A Reasoned Patriotism website

Dawn’s Substack



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We should allow no separation to grow up between the intellectual and the ‘spiritual’ life of children; but should teach them that the divine Spirit has constant access to their spirits, and is their continual helper in all the interests, duties, and joys of life.

Charlotte Mason, Principle 18

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