Gospel Study

“Our children should be indoctrinated in the principles of the Gospel from their earliest childhood. They should be made familiar with the contents of the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. These should be their chief text books, and everything should be done to establish and promote in their hearts genuine faith in God, in His Gospel and its ordinances, and in His works.”
-Wilford Woodruff, emphasis added (source)

 

It is a mistake to use paraphrases of the text; the fine roll of Bible English appeals to children with a compelling music, and they will probably retain through life their first conception of the Bible scenes, and, also, the very words in which these scenes are portrayed. This is a great possession.”
-Charlotte Mason, 1:249

 

If the scriptures are to be our chief text books, then we should expect to reach for them at a variety of points in our day, from the first day of kindergarten to graduation and beyond, and we should reach for the actual scriptures far more often than we reach for manuals, however good they may be. David O. McKay taught, “Character is the aim of true education,” and there is no better way to encourage a godly character than to regularly spend time reading, studying, and memorizing scriptures both ancient and modern. Miss Mason had a number of recommendations for how to use the Bible, and most of these can also be applied to modern scriptures as well.

 

Memory Work and Recitation

Parables

Our Lord Himself gave some of his deepest teaching in the fabulous stories known to us as parables…
-Charlotte Mason 4:161

Miss Mason recommended teaching children the parables the Lord told by reading them to the child repeatedly, then when he thinks he can do it well, having him repeat it back to you until they can recite the entire parable. She also suggested showing children depictions of parables by the early Masters, done in much the same way that picture study is done, by showing the child the picture, then taking it away and asking him to describe it. We have compiled a list of parables the Lord gave in the New Testament, as well as a number of parables given in the Doctrine and Covenants. In addition, we have linked to early Masters’ depictions of the New Testament parables where we could find them.

Parables Listing and Resources
Teaching Parables: Real Life Examples

 

Scripture Memorization

All children have it in them to recite; it is an imprisoned gift waiting to be delivered, like Ariel from the pine.
-Charlotte Mason 1:223

Articles of Faith
Doctrinal Mastery & Scripture Mastery
Passages about the Atonement of Christ
Passages for Baptism: Coming soon.
Passages for New Priesthood Holders: Coming soon.
Passages for Young Women: Coming Soon.

 

Additional Resources

Baby Steps Blog: 64 Scriptures for LDS Children to Memorize
Simply Charlotte Mason: Scripture Memory System
Charlotte Mason Institute: Memory Work in a Mason Education
Your Morning Basket #2: Furnishing the Mind: A Conversation on Recitation with Andrew Pudewa

 

Scripture Reading Rotation

The Story of Christ

 

Resources by Volume

Bible

Book of Mormon

Church History

 

Blog

Teaching Christ’s Parables: Real Life Examples

  Miss Mason recommends teaching children parables. We collected several of her quotes about how and why to teach parables, as well as a list of parables to choose from, but it’s so often helpful to see what it looks like in a real family, with real children! Our first {very cute} example shows how […]

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Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula – Does it belong in an LDS Charlotte Mason curriculum?

Many Charlotte Mason homeschoolers use the resources available at AmblesideOnline. This curriculum was created by a group of wonderful, faithful Christian women and they have offered it free of charge to everyone. The curriculum is designed from a Protestant worldview and the recommended books reflect that. Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula is a book about […]

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