Charlotte Mason Motto (with some fun and games on the side)

Charlotte Mason had a motto for her students, "I am. I can. I ought. I will." This past spring and summer I had the opportunity to do the All Day Charlotte Mason Seminar put out by Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte She (Sonya Shafer) talks about how in her house they matched each of these phrases with a bible verse.

I really liked the idea and I added a little bit of a twist for our family. The short motto is the same, but we also have an expanded version.

I am a child of God. I am capable. (1 Timothy 4:12)
I can do many things with God's help. (Phillipians 4:13)
I ought to treat others and myself with love and respect. (Mark 12:30-31)
I will do my best in all things.

We have been learning about one line each week and each line also has a memory verse with it (not the exact same one's Ms. Shafer uses).

I could just tell you the verses, but really...what fun would that be?

Here is the deal. I want you to guess the passages. Some of them are obvious and others probably are not (I think I will is the hardest to figure out). For every 10 valid guesses (not just starting in Genesis and working your way forward) I will give you a clue. It is collaborative, so talk amongst yourself.

I will let you know as you are getting close and when you get one of them correct.

IF you can successfully figure out all 4 verses, I will give away a $25 Target gift card in a drawing of everyone who participated. Get your mothers, brothers, smart husbands, and friends and start talking. You may come up with better verses or verses you may want to use for yourself! Who knows, maybe next year we will learn the verse you found.

This contest is open until there have been no comments on this post for 1 week. International readers are welcome, although the prize may be awarded a little bit differently (Kylie email me if you have any ideas or know what will work).

Have fun!


Meredith said...

1. 1 John 3:1 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him."

2. Phil 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

3. Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

4. Neither Bill or I have a thought on this (first thought Romans 8:28, but then reconsidered)

Heidi said...

Yeah! #2 is correct (and it was rather obvious, wasn't it?)

Nope on the rest of the them. I have added 1 John 3:1 to our future list though.


Lisa said...

How about for #3:

Leviticus 19:18

Love thy neighbor as thyself.

Lisa said...

#4: Colossians 4:23

Heidi said...

Nope & Nope

4 more guesses for a clue :)

Lisa said...

#1: John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches...."

Lisa said...

OR #1: Ephesians 2:10

Lisa said...

#4: Ecclesiastes 9:10

Heidi said...

Lisa I will say you were on the right track with your first guess for #3

But no on the rest of them :)

bmeiners13 said...

#3 - Matthew 22:39
"Love thy neighbor as yourself."

Heidi said...

bmeiners13- That is REALLY close for #3

Ok that's 10 guesses, so here are some clues

#1- Letters
#3- Gospel
#4- Ancient Hymns

Leigh said...

#1 I am a child of God. I am capable.

This comes from 1 John 4:4.

Heidi said...

Nope. Ok, I'll give another clue (cause I'm nice that way)

#1 think of specific things that a YOUNG person is capable of doing

Leigh said...

#3 - I think it comes from Luke 10:27.

Leigh said...

#4 - several guesses

Proverbs 14:23
Proverbs 20:11
Psalm 4:5
Psalm 16:8

Heidi said...

No on #4 (although half of your guesses are in the right book :) )

#3- Right verse, wrong gospel

Leigh said...

#3 -

Matthew 22:37


Mark 12:30

Thanks for the extensive help on #4. :)

Heidi said...

Ding, Ding, Ding! Leigh is correct although we are using verses 30 & 31, the passage from Mark goes with #3.

Leigh also saved you all from the near end of the contest without a winner of the $25 Target Gift Card! The contest lives on another week!

Leigh said...

Total shot in the dark for #4.

Proverbs 3:1-6?

Leigh said...

And another guess for #1 -

Ephesians 4:32

When you suggested thinking about things kids could do, I remembered a project I did as a kid (maybe 6 years old?) where we learned this memory verse. In lieu of words, we had pictures (e.g. "be" was a picture of a bee; "tender-hearted/compassionate" was a heart; etc.). And amazingly I could remember the book, chapter and verse it came from - I can still picture the project. It was on burlap-type fabric, and we glued on the words/pictures. It hung on a hanger. Pretty crazy....and I ramble/digress.

Heidi said...

Leigh is keeping this thread alive! Good work, Leigh :)

Since that's 20 posts, I will add another clue.

#1 is from a name our family is very familiar with
#4 is from the longest chapter of the Bible (or so I seem to remember it as such from my confirmation days once upon a time)

Leigh said...

I've enjoyed the challenge!

#1 - perhaps 2 Timothy 3:16 - 17?

#4 - somewhere in Psalm 119, but not sure about the verse. The general concepts are repetitive.

Heidi said...

I think its pretty much just you and me conversing at this point.

#1- Other Timothy
#4- Yes

Leigh said...

#1 - 1 Timothy 4:12

And yes, pretty much you and me. :)

Leigh said...

I'm really stumped on #4.

Maybe verses 9 and 10 of Psalm 119?

Heidi said...

Ding, Ding, Ding! Correct on #1 :)

#4 is hard. Think about being determined to take a certain path

Leigh said...

Okay - my next guesses for Psalm 119 are:

Verse 59, 101, 105, 112, or 173.

Of those, I'm leaning towards verse 59.