From the Author of Swedish Drill™ Revisited

My goal for these four volumes is not to represent Swedish Drill™ with 100% fidelity to the way it was practiced in its heyday – or even as it may have been practiced in Charlotte Mason’s schools.  Rather, my goal is to take something we know Charlotte Mason respected, appreciated, and utilized, improve it using modern health science principles, and make it accessible for the “every man” to implement in his or her home school.  Considering how forward-thinking Charlotte Mason was in the area of health and wellness, I have no doubt she would approve of these adaptations if she were alive today. The expanded editions include additional exercises that include newly developed instructions for converting fundamental exercises in this manual to incorporate movement patterns to stimulate optimal brain development.

Swedish Drill™ is something frequently referenced throughout Charlotte Mason’s six volumes of the Home Education series.  Soundness of body was a primary goal of incorporating this form of physical education into her schools in keeping with her philosophy dedicated to the development of the whole child. Yet today we know very little about Swedish Drill™ and what it looked like when implemented. Charlotte Mason educators often wonder if it is something that should be incorporated into their own [home] schools or if it is just an outdated method of physical activity. My desire is to help you see what Swedish Drill™ looks like in practice and convince you that it is still highly beneficial as an activity to implement in the education of your children.

No program of exercise is without risk, and that applies to the program outlined in all Swedish Drill™ Revisited instruction manuals.  If the recommended movements are performed improperly, physical injury may result.  Therefore, if you or your children perform the exercises described in this pdf, you agree to do so at your own risk and discharge the author from any and all negative claims.  The instruction and advice provided in this pdf are not a substitute for personal consultation with a health care professional.  – Dawn Duran

About the Author ...

Dawn Duran is a licensed physical therapist with a Master of Health Sciences degree and over 20 years of clinical experience in the field.  Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Dawn was a Division I collegiate volleyball player, and upon graduation she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  In addition, Dawn completed extensive training to obtain Stott Pilates Rehabilitation certification and used this knowledge both in clinical practice and as a fitness instructor.  Dawn is committed to staying current in her field of expertise, and this project was adopted with the goal of updating Swedish Drill™ using modern health science principles. 

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