August/September Habit Focus: Attention.
"The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children.” ~ Charlotte Mason
This Month's Habit Focus is Attention.
Turning the whole force of the mind to the subject in hand; the fixed gaze of the mind.
We're starting of our habit training in The Homeschool Sisterhood because the habit of attention is of first importance because all the other intellectual gifts depend on it.
“First, we put the habit of Attention, because the highest intellectual gifts depend for their value upon the measure in which their owner has cultivated the habit of attention. To explain why this habit is of such supreme importance, we must consider the operation of one or two of the laws of thought. But just recall, in the meantime, the fixity of attention with which the trained professional man—the lawyer, the doctor, the man of letters—listens to a roundabout story, throws out the padding, seizes the facts, sees the bearing of every circumstance, and puts the case with new clearness and method; and contrast this with the wandering eye and random replies of the uneducated;—and you see that to differentiate people according to their power of attention is to employ a legitimate test” (Vol. 1, p. 137).
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of this habit of attention. It is, to quote words of weight, ‘within the reach of every one, and should be made the primary object of all mental discipline’; for whatever the natural gifts of the child, it is only so far as the habit of attention is cultivated in him that he is able to make use of them” (Vol. 1, p. 146).
Using Laying Down The Rails
Charlotte Mason recommended taking 6-8 weeks training the children in each habit.
Before you start, I highly recommend you read Part 1: The Importance of Rails (pages 11-17) and Part 2 Chapter 2: How to Cultivate Good Habits (pages 21-25) in the Habits Handbook, and also, How to Use Laying Down the Rails for Children in the Habit-Training Companion.
Habits Handbook - Read pages 50-60.
Habit Training Companion for Children - Pages 141-146.
My Joy Filled Life FREE August 2019 Character Copywork Calendar – ATTENTIVENESS
Kids of Integrity Attentiveness Lesson https://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lessons/attentiveness
Kids of Integrity Attentiveness memory Verses https://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lessons/attentiveness/memory-verses
The Character Corner 5 PRACTICAL WAYS FOR TEACHING KIDS ATTENTIVENESS (I actually wrote that!)