Free eBook

I'm very pleased to present my first ever eBook: I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will: Charlotte Mason's Motto Explained for Upper Elementary Students.  

This book is a Biblical study of the underpinning ideas found in Charlotte Mason's motto: 

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"I am" discusses our relationship with God; "I can" discusses Christ's power acting through us; "I ought" shows students how the Ten Commandments and God's Law are intricately linked and given to us for our good; and "I will" encourages students to choose the right by exercising the means of grace and practicing habits of Reason, Conscience, and Affections in those choices.  There are ten short meditations for each section and easily used during a Circle or Morning Time.


  • Brandy Vencel from, "[Dawn] has given a lovely, lovely gift to the Charlotte Mason community in the form of her new free ebook, which is a sort of daily meditation on Charlotte Mason’s motto, “I am, I can, I ought, I will.”"
  • Karen duBarry from Living, Unabridged, "Even if you’re not a Charlotte Mason homeschooler (I am not), you really need to see this new devotional on her motto “I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will,” from Dawn at Ladydusk. It’s completely free but don’t let the price tag fool you as to its value."
  • Mystie Winckler from Simply Convivial, "We’re reading it during our Morning Time and it’s superb. I recommend it absolutely and whole-heartedly, even if you aren’t using the Charlotte Mason method – by thinking about who we are and what we are called to do, we become more focused and able to do our work with a good will. That is true for moms and that is true for kids. Dawn’s book will give you the words and the structure to meditate on those truths together with your kids."
  • Ashley Woleben from Between the Linens, " She takes the big abstract ideas, whittles them down to the essence, then applies them to practical life expanding the idea in context of how to live the idea. Her e-book,  I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will: Charlotte Mason’s Motto Explained for Upper Elementary Students is the perfect opportunity to teach children embodiment through scripture meditation. ... While Dawn and I are from different dogmatic Christian denominations, her lessons were so very eloquent and intrinsic to loving Christ that I did  not find it to be an issue."


  1. Wow, amazing, what a blessing. Thank you.

  2. Thank you. Looking forward to using this in circle time!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I know that a lot of work goes into items that are offered for free and I just want you to know that you are appreciated.

  4. Thanks Dawn. I am having dramas with my weak-willed child, so looking forward to your book helping us!

  5. Thanks so much for your hard work. x

  6. Wow! I read just the first several days and found it so encouraging! Thank you for this work, Dawn! I look forward to sharing it with my children. :-)

  7. Thank you sooo much for this great resource! I can hardly wait to share it with my children. It is a little more challenging to find resources for the upper elementary-middle years age. Thank you so very much for your dedication and work.

  8. Dawn, I am soooo excited to find this ebook. Wow!! We are going to start it with my older children during our Together Time ASAP!! Thank you!!


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