No pressure as parents or teachers, but we are always training in habit. When we allow, correct, or ignore behavior we are training habit. We are constructing the “rails” on which the scholar’s life will run. We want to train them to ultimately end up living full and meaningful lives because they have become disciples of Jesus. We want them to be active members of His Church, we want them to serve the world by living out their vocation and sharing their unique gifts. In order to do this we must begin with the training of their habits for the true, good, and beautiful.
The training of habit can be exhausting for the adult in charge because we must be consistent with our message. Developing good habits take practice and redirecting. The brain is an amazing organ and it forms neuronal connections based on what we repeatedly do—both good and bad. “Repetitio mater memoriae,” is a Latin phrase that translates as “repetition is the mother of memory.” Therefore, we want to put down the “rails” in the correct directions to begin with, so we do not have to do a lot of digging up and relaying later. The virtuous life we want for our scholars is developed thoughtfully and carefully over time. At school we use the four Cardinal Virtues and the habits associated with them to aid in our understanding, guide our thinking, and teach the scholars. Together, we can train the children to become what God has called each of them by name to become, people in deep, loving relationship with Him.
This is a link to the Charlotte Mason website about training of habit if you are interesting in learning more. https://www.thecharlottemasonway.com/8-charlotte-mason-habits-teach-children/