Charlotte Mason had a deep love of children and a concern that they develop a lifetime love of learning. She based her philosophy on the Latin word for education, “educare,” which means “to feed and nourish.”
This nourishment was achieved through a wide curriculum using a variety of books. Her method provides a liberal (generous) education. It is based on core subjects and incorporates the fine arts. Children deal directly with the best books, music and art. The children are trained in the practice of narration, or telling back what they’ve learned. The emphasis is always placed on what the children do know rather than what they do not know. This training in essay-style examination effectively prepares children for adulthood and success in college.
Her material covers an extensive amount of topics including: the formation of good habits, keeping a Nature Diary, and preparing a handmade Book of the Centuries. Charlotte Mason advocates the avoidance of twaddle, or what we might call “dumbed down” literature, and replaces twaddle with classic literature and noble poetry. Her method also includes a unique style of dictation and spelling.
Your school days will become more effective when you employ Charlotte Mason’s method of short lessons–promoting concentration versus dawdling. Children thrive in school when they know there is a definite amount of work to be completed in a definite amount of time.
Many of her techniques can be adapted to any educational method you’re currently using. Discover for yourself why many parents find this:
- A more fulfilling way to home school
- An easy way to incorporate literature, fine art, and classical music
- A unique and effective way to retain information
- A way to enrich your own education
- The best way to study Nature
- One of the surest ways to avoid educational burnout
Charlotte Mason’s six-volume set can be borrowed from your local library through Interlibrary loan, or purchased online.