WHO IS CHARLOTTE MASON?
Charlotte Mason was a late 19th/early 20th century educator whose ideas and methods have inspired and informed educators anew. She wrote six volumes, now titled “The Original Homeschooling Series,” which outlined her thoughts on education and documented the success of her methods when applied as an integrated whole. For more information, visit our About CM page.
WHAT IS A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION?
An Introduction to Charlotte Mason by the AmblesideOnline Advisory
CM’s 18 principles short videos. These are geared more towards classroom learning, but CM’s 18 principles (which they call the “Ambleside” method) are outlined here.
What is the Charlotte Mason Method? by Simply Charlotte Mason
The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason – This is her six-volume book series. Written in the late 1800s, there is no better source to truly understand Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and method of education than Ms. Mason’s words themselves. The English is challenging, but it is well worth taking the time to read through this series. Thanks to the AmblesideOnline Advisory, the full text is available online for free here. A Modern English version here. (Also see Mind to Mind below)
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay – this is the monumental book written by Francis Schaeffer’s daughter that brought CM’s ideas to modern America. It is inspiring and a great first book for anyone new to CM who is not up for reading her original works.
Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass. This book helps readers understand where CM’s ideas and methodologies stem from and gives clear examples Classical education is an education of the heart and conscience as much as it is an education of the mind. It explores the classical emphasis on formation of character and links Charlotte Masons ideas to the thinkers of the past. This is not a “how to” book about education, but a “why to” book that will bring clarity to many of the ideas you already know about teaching and learning. It also has a great chapter on why “neo-classicism” – dividing education into 3 stages of learning based on the trivium – is not truly classical.
Mind to Mind: an essay towards a philosophy of education by Charlotte Mason and Karen Glass. This book *is* Charlotte Mason’s Vol. 6, her very words, made accessible by Karen Glass by cutting out historically contextual references and poetic instances that may hinder a new-to-CM reader from understanding her meaning. If you find it too difficult to read CM directly, try this book, it is the culmination of all her ideas on education in one volume. (If I trusted anyone to a work like this, it would be Karen Glass.)
Note: If you would like to read and discuss the Charlotte Mason Series instead of reading it alone – you can do so with a friend here, or join the online discussion on the AmblesideOnline forum – CMSeries on the AmblesideOnline Forum: A Place where you can read and discuss the Charlotte Mason Original Homeschooling Series online with others.
When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today – individualized chapters explaining each of Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods – a great CM reference book for the bookshelf.
The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason – the ideas behind Charlotte Mason’s method of notebooking and a walk through of each kind of notebook.
CM FOR PRESCHOOL AGED CHILDREN
Picture Book List – Books you can read in the younger years. Be selective at this age! Especially if you are randomly picking books at the library. You are paving the way for literary learning and raising them up on ‘twaddle’ will not serve them well in the years to come.
There are many, many other popular lists out there you can learn about from members here or on blogs and podcasts.
Librivox.org – Free downloadable audios, many classics like the Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress, etc. are available, read by volunteers (some, like Cori Samuels, are really wonderful, some are not so great). Great for those long car rides! Here is a list of librivox recordings of books on the AmblesideOnline curriculum list sorted by year. This may not be completely up to date.
Circe Institute’s Mason Jar with Cindy Rollins – Cindy homeschooled a house full of boys and one daughter and now shares her wisdom on this series of podcasts with guest speakers each month and a Q&A inbetween.
A Delectable Education – Living Books Library Podcast offering fee based consulting.
GENERAL HOMESCHOOLING HELP AND INFORMATION
Statistics on Homeschooling – Can they get into college? Will they be socialized? Some statistics you may find helpful and ease your mind. Another article with stats here by HSLDA. And here is another good article on socialization.
Summary of Homeschool Laws – find out what is required to homeschool in your state.
100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum – this book pointed me to a CM education for my children. If it points you somewhere else, please reconsider! I am hard pressed to believe anything other than a CM education is the best for any child, but I’m open to considering it 🙂
If you would like to suggest a Charlotte Mason related link for this page, please contact Naomi.