Well, obviously I recommend that you start out by reading the articles and resources here on the Charlotte Mason & Home Education website and blog where you are currently. 😉 But I don’t believe I’m the end-all/be-all of things Charlotte Mason. Not by a long shot.
So to get you started on your CM journey through the outer reaches of the internet, let me recommend my personal favorites to spare you time wading through things not quite as helpful or thorough. These are just my personal favorites, however. Your mileage may vary.
Also, please feel free to add your favorite CM-inspired site(s) in the comment section below. Happy web surfing!
The Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Bookstore
A collection of books and other resources specifically hand-selected with the Charlotte Mason inspired homeschooling family in mind.
Catherine is a popular conference speaker and author of several books including A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education. Catherine graciously contributed a number of the founding articles on the Charlotte Mason & Home Education website (where you are now).
If you ever have the opportunity to see Catherine speak in person on Charlotte Mason topics, you don’t want to miss it! She’s definitely the best Charlotte Mason speaker anywhere. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve attended her All-Day Charlotte Mason Workshops several times and always glean something new, helpful, and inspiring.
You can read a collection of excellent articles Catherine’s written on her site, and also find more information about her various books, including her latest title, No One Ever Asked Me That: Conversations on the After Life. It’s an unusual and highly interesting book containing interviews with a wide range of people.
“Moments with Mother Culture and the Gentle Art of Learning™“
Homeschoolers today mainly know her by the popular book, A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections of the Gentle Art of Learning. Early home educators will recognize Karen Andreola as a former colunnist for Practical Homeschooling Magazine. Karen and her husband, Dean, were responsible for originally bringing Charlotte Mason’s six-volume set back into print, for which I am eternally grateful. That’s not an exaggeration, either.
A rigorous approach to Charlotte Mason education, basing their research and curriculum choices on Charlotte Mason’s actual classrooms. Extensive library of information and digital versions of many of the articles from Charlotte Mason’s “Parents’ Review” magazine. A true labor of love to the homeschooling community and a tremendous resource.
According to the Ambleside Online website:
Ambleside Online is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. … The Ambleside Online library hosts a large collection of original Charlotte Mason materials, which have been digitized by our volunteers.
Simply Charlotte Mason
Lots of great resources for simply and easily applying Charlotte Mason’s methods in a homeschool setting. There are a number of free resources available on their site, plus they also have a nice selection of books, videos, and other resources they publish. I recently discovered some of Sonja Shafer’s helpful Simply Charlotte Mason videos on YouTube.com
Ambleside Schools International
They have an easy-to-use collection of Charlotte Mason’s original works on their site.
From their website:
In 1999, Ambleside Schools International, a 501(c)3 corporation, was founded as a model school and training center to support renewal in education. Its staff developed the Ambleside Method of education, based on Mason’s educational approach. Maryellen Marschke St. Cyr, school principal, author of When Children Love to Learn and expert in Mason’s educational thought and practice, spearheaded the Fredericksburg, Texas-based ASI movement.
Since its inception, ASI and local Ambleside schools have benefitted from the support and encouragement of both local families and leaders in the revival of Mason’s thought—among them Ranald and Susan Macaulay, Elaine Cooper, Eve Anderson, and Bobby Scott.
“Charlotte Mason Approach with Penny Gardner”
Penny is the author of The Charlotte Mason Study Guide and a long-time Charlotte Mason homeschooling parent and support group leader. Her website contains Charlotte Mason information, samples of nature notebooks, tips, etc.