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Trade Paperback
256 pages
Apr 2004
Crossway Books

When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today

by Elaine Cooper

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If you’re looking for a book on how to improve your child’s test scores or develop a rewards system for better grades in school, don’t read this book. If you’re looking for a fresh approach, using time-honored truths to guide children who are passionate about learning, then this is the book for you.

When Children Love to Learn is a book of essays written by educators and school administrators who share their years of experience with the philosophy and teaching methods of educational pioneer, Charlotte Mason. Edited by Elaine Cooper, who operates Child Light Educational Trust in England, this book has a wealth of information and practical ideas intended to help encourage a child’s natural curiosity and love of learning. One of the contributors to this book is Susan Schaeffer Macauley, a popular educational author and daughter of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. Mrs. Macauley’s best-selling book, For the Children’s Sake, took more of philosophical approach to this subject. When readers from all over the world wrote and asked for guidance about how to implement the ideas that were in that book, When Children Love to Learn was compiled.

Whether you’ve read For the Children’s Sake or are familiar with Charlotte Mason and her philosophy of education, the ideas presented in this book are simple and straightforward. From teaching science and Shakespeare to the art of narration and picture study—all are presented in the context that considers “the full meaning of a child as a person” and “by knowledge grow and become more of a person.”

The fruits of this type of learning are endless. Learning that is built on the joy of acquiring new knowledge and growing as a person is learning that continues through a lifetime. One of Charlotte Mason’s pillars of learning is “education is life” and that a day spent without a new idea is a wasted day. If that’s so, then a day spent reading this book will definitely be time well spent—feasting on a smorgasbord of delicious new perspectives and practical tips for passionate learners. And just like a smorgasbord—you’ll keep coming back for more! – Susan Hammond, Christian Book

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They’re hallmarks of childhood. The endless “why” questions. The desire to touch and taste everything. The curiosity and the observations.

It can’t be denied—children have an inherent desire to know. Teachers and parents can either encourage this natural inquisitiveness or squelch it. There is joy in the classroom when children learn—not to take a test, not to get a grade, not to compete with each other, and not to please their parents or their teachers—but because they want to know about the world around them! A practical follow-up to Crossway’s For the Children’s Sake, this book follows a tradition of giving serious thought to what education is, so that children will be learning for life and for everlasting life.