Want to learn what a Charlotte Mason education looks like? For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay has been that first glimpse for many homeschoolers since it was published in 1984. It is one of the books that helped to shape my educational approach. It gave me confidence that the things I believed in — sharing great books with my children, learning language arts organically and holistically rather than fragmenting them into separate subjects, encouraging ample time in nature as a foundation for the study of science — were time-tested ways of learning that took into account the personhood of the child, just as Charlotte Mason advised.
From the back cover of the first edition
Every parent and teacher wants to give his or her children the best education possible. Everyone would like education to be a joyous adventure and celebration of life, as well as a solid preparation for living. Sadly, most education today falls short of this goal. But as Susan Schaeffer Macaulay shows, it doesn’t have to be this way. Education can be a wonderful, life-enriching, joyous experience.
For the Children’s Sake is a book about what education can be — for your child, in your home, and in your school. It is based first on a Christian understanding of what it means to be human — to be a child, a parent, a teacher — and on the Christian meaning of life.* The central ideas have been proven over many years and in almost every kind of educational situation. The ideas are in fact so true that they can be applied equally at home, in different schools, in Africa, in the inner city, and in your own community. But they are also ideas which Susan and her husband Ranald Macaulay have tried and proven in their own family and school experience.
For the Children’s Sake is a book which can help every parent and teacher awaken the young minds of their children and give them a new richness, stability, and joy for living.