If you have been homeschooling for any length of time, you may have heard of the different styles or types of homeschooling. One popular choice and style of homeschooling is the Charlotte Mason Style. Charlotte Mason was an educator in the 19th Century in England. Her belief system was that children should spend lots of time in nature, on handicrafts, learning good habits and being read aloud to. Lessons should be short and to the point so there is more time in the day to work on these other areas.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Charlotte Mason:
“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
“Look on education as something between the child’s soul and God. Modern Education tends to look on it as something between the child’s brain and the standardized test.”
“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.”
If these thoughts sounds pleasant to you, then you may lean more towards the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling.
What I like about the Charlotte Mason Method is that I can piece together lots of that style into my curriculum and throughout my homeschool. If you are eclectic, this works very well. You can incorporate bits and pieces until you are more comfortable. You can start slowly by adding nature study, picture study, music study, copywork and narration alongside your curriculum you are already using. This works well if you like to create your own curriculum, or you don’t want to switch over to a full Charlotte Mason style curriculum.
Check out these FREE Charlotte Mason Style Resources:
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum for Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers.
Nature Themed Copywork – four nature themed poems are included to trace or copy in print.
Famous Composers Notebooking Research Journal – explore the history of 50 composers by compiling a notebooking research journal.
Famous Artists Notebooking Research Journal – learn and explore 50 famous artists while compiling your finds in your very own research journal.
FREE Charlotte Mason Elementary Curriculum
Charlotte Mason Style Planner Helps:
If you are intrigued and really want to dive into the Charlotte Mason style of homeschool, these resources will be very helpful for you:
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Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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