S7 E7 | The Importance of Free Time (Jeannie Fulbright with Joshua Parker)
Charlotte Mason tells us, "From one to two hours...are given in the afternoons to handicrafts, field-work, drawing, etc.; and the evenings are absolutely free, so that the children have leisure for hobbies, family reading, and the like."
Charlotte Mason stressed the importance of allowing children free time to pursue their own interests. Many homeschoolers schedule too long for lessons that spill right over into the afternoon. This is why short lessons in the morning with afternoon free for other important work and skills is such a valuable part of the Charlotte Mason education.
In this podcast, in addition to hearing how Jeannie's children utilized their free time to grow in their personal interests, we will hear from a homeschooled senior, Joshua Parker, who will share how important it was to have free time in his homeschool days, and how he put those hours to good use, growing proficient and confident in a variety of useful and interesting pursuits. He will share how his parents helped to foster his hobbies, and ways we, as homeschoolers, can support our own children's unique pursuits.
Joshua Parker is a 19 year old cartographer of fantasy worlds, inventor of wooden weapons, designer of board games, and storyteller of adventures. He loves to talk about serious things and is always ready to dive into a faraway land through the pages of a book. His goal in life is to serve Christ and to further his kingdom on a worldwide scale.
Jeannie Fulbright, a 24-year veteran homeschooler, is the author of the #1 best-selling, multi award-winning Apologia Young Explorer science series: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics, Botany, Zoology, and Anatomy & Physiology. She is also the author of the action-packed historical time travel book series Rumble Tumbles Through Time, as well as preschool science books and activity kits, the Charlotte Mason Heirloom Planner, and many high-quality Charlotte Mason based products. Jeannie and her husband Jeff became empty nesters in 2019. All four of their children all went to the University of Georgia on scholarship (homeschooling works!). For more than 20 years Jeannie has traveled around the country speaking to homeschoolers at conventions, covering a plethora of topics from Charlotte Mason to marriage and prayer.
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