"We've learned that our children will pick up many kinds of ideas from the atmosphere we provide in the home. What do we need to insure that this atmosphere inspires them on to the kinds of things we want them to learn? First, someone loving needs to be home to make it a home. We are living in a career-minded, materialistic culture that depreciates the role of the mother. But the fact is that mother is the irreplaceable foundation of a home.
During World War II, when America was imprisoning Japanese families in camps, a reporter stepped up to a little Japanese-American girl waiting at a train platform. "How does it feel to be without a home?" the reporter asked. "Oh," replied the little girl, "we have a home, we just don't have a house to put it in."
~~A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola
~~Chapter 6, The Atmosphere of Home, Page 51
posted by Mrs. Klause
June 15, 2010