(Vol 1, Part V Lessons As Instruments Of Education, p.175)- Charlotte Mason
'Twaddle is what parents and educators today might call “dumbed down” literature. It is serving your children intellectual happy meals, rather than healthy, substantive mind- and soul-building foods. Charlotte Mason advocated avoiding twaddle and feasting children’s hearts and minds on the best literary works available.' taken from simplycharlottemason.com
As you can see I have been doing a fair bit of reading about Charlotte Mason and her techniques! The notion of 'twaddle' was of particular interest to me. As a teacher of young children I was often frustrated with the range of books chosen by curriculum schemes and schools as appropriate for children. I never understood the need to read such pointless 'non-story' stories!
My other 'pet hate' is adults talking down, talking 'babyish' or silly voice to children. I never get why parents feel the need to call a dog- a doggy. Or a cow- moo cow!! 'Look at the baa lambs!!' Oh it really grates on me! While my son was young everything was given is correct name, no silly baby voices were used! Admittedly this was because it annoyed me, but now I am glad I have a problem with it! As Charlotte Mason says in her quote above '....too much respect for them...' As a mother we must respect our children and treat them as the individual, albeit developing, human being that they are, not an alien to our planet!!!!
But what about the awkward times when grandparents, friends and other family members use such 'twaddle'?? I have found simply being a role model for how you expect your child to be treated is most effective. For example- Aunt Sue- 'Look at those cute little baa lambs, see the baa lambs Johnny?' (parent cringes, tongue bitten, deep breath then...) Parent- 'see the LAMBS Johnny, what cute lambs, can you say lambs/count the lambs etc.' At least you feel, as a parent, your staying true to your beliefs/methods and maybe the 'twaddle user' (if around you enough!) will cotton on! My son soon cottoned on and would correct an adult who used 'baby language' when speaking with him!
twaddle talk This is a short clip that explains twaddle and reading. Take a look!
CM explained- Just found this clip! I think it is a really good explanation of CM methods. What do you think?
I'd love to read your comments or thoughts on twaddle and Charlotte Mason so please leave me a comment below.
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