Welcome to the 10 Days of Homeschooling blog hop! Over the course of ten posts in ten days, I’m going to do my best to introduce you to the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling and how I somewhat eclectically incorporate it into my homeschool. I hope you’ll stop by every weekday over the next two weeks to learn about the rich and meaningful learning that makes a Charlotte Mason education so enjoyable.
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Just who or what is Charlotte Mason??
Charlotte Mason was a 19th century British educator who believed education was “an atmosphere, a discipline and a life.” She believed in teaching children in ways that encouraged curiosity and enthusiasm, while at the same time expecting excellence in many areas – even more areas than most curricula expect. Her philosophies are still fresh today, especially among homeschoolers who use them unfailingly to raise bright, resourceful children.
WHY did I consider Charlotte Mason?
I’ll get into the nitty-gritty of CM particulars over the course of this series, but today I want to write about the ooey-gooey, mushy feelings that make this method of homeschooling my primary style.
Through such things as reading living books with my children, teaching them handicrafts and enjoying nature together, there’s a sort of “life is school” attitude that’s had me hooked from the beginning. Lessons are gentle and conducive to sitting on the couch all snuggled up.
I had been a public school teacher previously and saw so many precious children who could have thrived if their moms and dads would’ve simply taken the time to love up on them during lessons. (Homework, of course.) As much as I tried, as their classroom teacher I couldn’t love on every single student every day – making school work and home work sterile and uninviting. I knew from the moment I started homeschooling that a loving, encouraging, anything-but-sterile environment was what I wanted to create for my children.
I found the answer.
After reading Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s For the Children’s Sake when my oldest was five years old, I knew I had found the answer! It was possible to “do school” with the sweetness that I had envisioned. And the author spelled it out for me in such a way that built my confidence enough in reading that short little book to carry me through schooling with the CM style nine years later!
Little did I know in the beginning how much more blessed our school would become using this approach. For example, one major added bonus to this “gentle style of learning” (and there are lots of bonuses) includes lessons that are short and sweet, which allows more time for the extras of life. Those extras including: time for my kids to be kids, time to explore personal interests, time to take 4-H classes, and even time for running errands. Blessings indeed!
Don’t be fooled, though!
All this gentle, loving, short and sweet talk doesn’t equal up to a less than superior education. On the contrary, I have been able to offer my children very challenging material, and lots of it. It’s actually because of the simplicity and sweetness that we have more time to dive deep, tackle tough stuff and take outside classes that we otherwise wouldn’t have the time to do!
Okay, enough for today. Snuggles, sweetness, time for kids to be kids, AND real learning…Have I convinced you about how wonderful a CM education is yet? During the rest of the series, I’ll write about each of the key characteristics that make a Charlotte Mason education work! Tomorrow’s topic: Living Literature.
You can have a Charlotte Mason homeschool!
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had someone to teach you step-by-step how to create a Charlotte Mason homeschool? Someone who would give you “just enough” information and encourage you to add just one thing at a time – and not move on until you felt comfortable with that new thing?
I’ve done that for you! In Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 EASY Step-by-Step Lessons, I teach you just the facts about the practical tenants of Charlotte Mason homeschooling and give you “homework” that will help you implement just one new thing at a time. Once you feel comfortable with teaching that new thing, you move on to the next lesson. Before you know it, you will be teaching a bonafide Charlotte Mason style homeschool!
This book has quickly become one of my very best sellers! Those new to homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way AND those who need a refresher or just need to polish a method or two all love the practicality of the lessons!
This book makes learning how to use the Charlotte Mason method very simple. If you’ve been confused or overwhelmed about how to get started, book is the answer. I wish I’d had this book 5 years ago. I spent a good year or so trying to figure out everything. Imagine learning how to use the Charlotte Mason method in just one semester rather than a year or two! I’ve been using the CM method for years, but I really appreciated this book as a reminder of how easy and worthwhile it is. Michelle Cannon, The Heart of Michelle.
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