The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
Edited by Charlotte Mason.
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
The "P. R." Letter Bag.
Volume 12, no. 9, 1901, pg. 158
(The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of Correspondents.)
The article on the "Dangers and Difficulties of Child
Study" interested me deeply. The lecturer made one remark which I am
sure would have been put in a different way had she attended the
meeting at the P.N.E.U. Conference on May 8th, at which the subject of
Children's Country Holidays was discussed, and Mr. Ernest Hart gave
particulars of the splendid help which some of our young people give to
town children by taking them for walks and teaching them natural
history. She would not speak as she does of the "luckless little
Londoner, who cannot have a peaceful fortnight in the country without
an examination at the end of it," if she knew how they hang in groups
in the lanes, longing for the shops and scenes of excitement which are
"home" to them, and begging passers by to "give I some'ut to do." If
more workers in this great and growing harvest could be found, would
not a few simple questions at school on their return on what they have
seen prolong the break of school routine, and remind them of the happy
days spent in looking at nature with eyes less absolutely closed than
they are at present? It is a work which, in my opinion, P.N.E.U.
parents should do all they can to induce their young people to take
part in. Much may also be done by sending boxes of specimens up to
London for botany lessons.
Yours truly, M. L. Hart Davis.
Dunsden Vicarage, Reading, Dec. 15th, 1900.
Will you kindly ask the readers of the Parents' Review
if they can tell me of a good first book in geography, and also a first
arithmetic, for a little girl just 7? I have liked the books that I
have got from recommendations in the "P.R. Letter-bag" so much that I
have ventured to trouble you. Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours sincerely, L.W.
19, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Jan. 4th, 1901.
I should be most grateful if any readers of the Parents'
Review could tell me of any books or papers suitable to give to young
working men, dealing simply and straightforwardly with the subject of
purity and with the temptations with which they are likely to meet in
this connection. Also whether there is anything of the nature of a
league of purity to which they can belong, which is simple and manly in
character. I hope and think these questions are not entirely outside
the scope of the Parents' Union. I should most gladly receive any
information sent to Mrs. F., c/o Miss Russell, 26, Victoria Street, and
I hope anyone able to give me information will be kind enough not to
withhold their help.
Dec. 14th, 1900.
I should like, if I may, to ask the opinion of members
as to the following points in connection with the religious teaching
and training of very young children. One feels that in this, as in all
other matters, the God-given mother-instinct is not everything, and we
young mothers may be saved from many dangers by the equally God-given
experience of older ones, if they will not mind being troubled to think
of us and to give us their help and counsel. We lose much if they pass
by on the other side, and feel it is not their affair.
(1) On what plan would you first present the Gospel story to little
children, and at what age or stage of development would you first tell
them of the death and resurrection of our Lord?
(2) Does the danger of parrot-like repetition outweigh the advantage of
strong early impressions on the memory, if little children learn
Scripture and hymns when parts of what they learn may be rather beyond
(3) At what age would you begin to let them join in public services and
(4) Can any members recommend "Sunday" books for tiny children, which
are reverent in tone, well-written and interesting; and also any notes
of Bible lessons for very little ones? For books we need something
about the level of the mere little moral tale.
Yours truly, Florence Fremantle.
Holton Park, Oxford.
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