The Charlotte Mason Homeschooler
Mud Pies, Ludwig Knaus (1829–1910, German)
a child learns how to use language.
“What;are;you;making?” the;young;mother asked;her;4-year-old son as she sat on the
“That’s nice,” she said. She had been
that he must have picked up the repeti-
absorbed in his task of making mud pies
and mud cakes. The mud was a mixture
of sand that had spilled from his sand-
box into the surrounding garden and the
soil therein. It didn’t matter if no grass
would grow there for a bit. What mat-
something. And it gave him something
his mother asked.
makes time for conversation, a child
learns how to use language. Language
shapes his thinking. As he puts his words
in order to form sentences he is putting
his thoughts in order too.
“Language is not the garment but
is the incarnation of our thoughts,”
said the nineteenth-century poet William Wordsworth. Yet our fast-paced,
twenty-first-century lives encourage a
children are bombarded with noise
and hurry. Obnoxious music plays in
the marketplace. Screens flash images.
Screens are even attached to the ceilings
stillness, the quiet or bored moments for