Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival - Poetry

Welcome to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!

And thanks for joining us all the way out in California this time where we are going to talk about Poetry, a subject near and dear to many a Charlotte Masoner's heart!

If there's anything we have learned through implementing the Charlotte Mason method, it is that words are so very significant. There is meaning behind those words that dance along a page, revealing picture, story, thought, ideas, and impacting our lives evermore. Poetry takes those words and elevates them forming new dimensions between the one who gives and the one who seeks to know; another avenue from one mind to another. It is beautiful.

We hope you enjoy the carnival!

...so with poetry you must believe that a child is capable of enjoying and admiring the very best, if only you show him how to begin. You must let him see that you yourself delight in well chosen epithets and true pieces of word painting; you must let him feel that you only care for poems which put a pleasant thought into your mind or a pleasant picture before your eyes; you must let him realize that when you go with him for a country walk, you can add a charm to the brook or the meadow, or the oak tree, or the wild rose, by a familiar quotation, and his taste will not be long in forming itself. ~J.G. Simpson, The Teaching of Poetry to Children

Nancy Kelly shares her daughter's assignment to write an alliterative verse as modeled in Sir Gawain in Intellectual Culture - Poetry over at Sage Parnassus. She has also announced The Seventh Annual Living Education Retreat which you will not want to miss! The theme this year is "Pursuit and Passion: Charlotte Mason and Science".
Amy at Fisher Academy International shares some excellent resources for Poetry study in her post Poetry: What We Do

Rachael over at Homeschooling Kiwi Style shares a poem by Edgar Allan Poe in her post Tintinnabulation and then, thankfully, tells us what it means! Oh, and if you enjoy fun words, don't miss Jeanne's comment following the post :)

Here is Tammy's post (corrected!) Telling it Slant over at Aut-2B-Home in Carolina.

Cori shares her insight as she notices with her boys that It has to Matter over at Wonder in the Woods.

Dana shares Teaching Poetry to High School: Anne Bradstreet Puritan Poet at Epi Kardia

We shall not then, perhaps, be far astray if we conclude that the purpose of poetry is to communicate or extend the joy of life by quickening our emotions. How it does so, by what magic of art or nature, we should require to be poets to know. But this is what it does: it teaches us how to feel, by expressing for us, in the most perfect way, right human emotions, which we recognise as right, and come ourselves to share. ~Rev. H. C. Beeching, An Address on the Teaching of Poetry

Patti lists some of her favorite Poetry books in her post Poetry over at School Days Scrapbook and shares two poems from her favorite poet Amy Carmichael over at All Things Bright and Beautiful

Lanaya tells us how her friendship with a yellow flower began in line at Legoland in her post On Overcoming Boredom at Gore Family News.

And Sarah at All That's Good talks about the bio books and pockets she puts together to teach Ancient Egyptian Kings and Queens Pockets.

Leah shares Poetry, the simple way over at Home Grown Babies.


It seems a few posts managed to get bumbled in the jumble of things in the last CM Carnival themed "Education is an Atmosphere". Amy asked that I send you all her apologies for the mixup, but really what I want to do is thank her for all she does to run this Carnival for us and for shining her light so bright. Thank you Amy, bless your sweet, sweet soul.

So here now are the missed posts in our...

After-The-Carnival, Carnival!

Kathy clarifies for us what a Charlotte Mason Education looks like during the Preschool years over at Piney Woods Homeschool and explains her thoughts on teaching children to use money wisely in A Penny Earned.

Sarah at Over and Around Us shares a post on Nature Study:: Local Conifers and includes her little ones' nature journal observations.

Allison shares a post about Artist Studies with samples of her children's culminating "masterpieces" at Adding to the Beauty.

Tiger's Mum shares a post Learning from Literature at The Tiger Chronicle discussing Tiger's transition from reading lessons to literature lessons and how she utilizes text and study guide while avoiding busy work.

That's all for this month's Carnival!

Next month's Carnival will be on March 20th. The theme next month is "Education is a Discipline" over at Epi Kardia. Here is the optional reading:
* Vol.2 pgs 60-68 and 173-177
* PR article: Discipline

Thank you for stopping by!

The Poet's Song
Lord Alfred Tennyson

The rain had fallen, the Poet arose,
He passed by the town, and out of the street,
A light wind blew from the gates of the sun,
And waves of shadow went over the wheat,
And he set him down in a lonely place,
And chanted a melody loud and sweet,
That made the wild-swan pause in her cloud,
And the lark drop down at his feet.

The swallow stopt as he hunted the bee,
The snake slipt under a spray,
The hawk stood with the down on his beak
And stared, with his foot on the prey
And the nightingale thought, “I have sung many songs,
But never a one so gay,
For he sings of what the world will be
When the years have died away.


  1. "Telling It Slant" was my poetry submission! I'm looking forward to reading all the other posts! Thanks for your hard work! http://aut2bhomeincarolina.blogspot.com/2012/03/telling-it-slant.html

  2. yay! thanks, so much naomi! it's awesome, and i cannot wait to read all the posts... i'm gonna open them all up in my browser 'til i get a chance!

    thanks again!
    amy in peru

    ps. you are too nice to me ;)

  3. What a wonderful carnival - I did submit a post but it obviously didn't get through; here it is if anyone fancies a read: http://homegrownbabies.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/poetry-the-simple-way/ - thanks, Leah

  4. So Sorry Tammy & Leah! Both have been updated. Thank you for your submissions!!

  5. Oh how I love the resources in this post! I love poetry but I think if it's important to teach to our children it's important to practice what we preach along the way. My son was looking for a poem about a golden eagle (didn't think Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem was specific enough) so I wrote him one while explaining to him the process of creating word pictures and thoughtful introspection.

  6. Oh, and is it Alfred Lord Tennyson or Lord Alfred Tennyson?

    Here's the shameless link to my poem