Education as Discipline

By this formula we mean the discipline of habits formed definitely and thoughtfully whether habits of mind or of body. Physiologists tell us of the adaptation of brain structure to habitual lines of thought, i.e.. to our habits.                                                                                                                                                        - Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason understood—long before sophisticated imaging technology confirmed it—that the physical brain is shaped by its experiences. Mason knew life could be “duly eased” for children “by those whose business it was to lay down lines of habit upon which behavior might run easily.”

Thus, Ambleside teachers help students cultivate habits proper to learning and mature living. During this formation, Ambleside teachers work alongside families, equipping students to live full, satisfying lives—rich in devotion to God, service to others, and continued personal growth.

At Ambleside, students learn the discipline of education as they practice the habits proper to learning and mature living:

  • attention
  • narration
  • careful approach to work
  • obedience
  • mature relationships with others
  • critical thinking
  • generous spirit
  • reverence
  • courtesy
  • physical fitness
  • moral fitness