Charlotte Mason Home Education: Buzz Words & Basics/Resources & Reality

Notes for workshop given at the 2015 CHEC Conference.  http://www.checin.org

Buzz Words & Basics

Who was Charlotte Mason?

Charlotte Mason was a British educator who lived during the 19th century in Ambleside, England and founded the PNEU (Parents’ National Education Union.)  For more information, according to Ambleside Online’s Moderators:

https://amblesideonline.org/FAQ.shtml#whowas

PNEU Schools:

https://www.amblesideonline.org/PR/PR33p777WorkAimsofPUS.shtml

Miss Mason also wrote six extensive volumes outlining her educational philosophy.

http://www.amblesideschools.com/node/1942

Child training courses (Principles and Practice resources):

http://www.amblesideschools.com/main/video/introduction

https://www.amblesideonline.org/CM/20Principles.html

Schools and homeschool families continue to implement her methods.

New & Veteran homeschoolers ask similar questions.  “How do I get it all done?”

http://www.simplycharlottemason.com/scmforum

http://www.amblesideschools.com/main/training

“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.”

https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/education-is/

Natural, not artificial.  Habitual.  Generous curriculum to feed the body, mind, and soul.  (AO)

CM Motto:  I am, I can, I ought, I will.  (Sonya Shafer shares Bible verses to explain these.)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  -Ephesians 2: 8-10

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13

“‘AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:30-31

“I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Thine ordinances before me.” -Psalm 119:30

short lessons / no homework

http://afterthoughtsblog.net/2015/01/charlotte-mason-mean-short-lessons.html

living books

http://www.simplycharlottemason.com/faq/livingbook/

Narration, Copywork, Dication (Prepared/Studied)

http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/2009/07/narration.html

https://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/narration

https://practicalpages.wordpress.com/free-pages/free-copywork-pages

Excellent YouTube Video when you search Studied Dictation Tutorial Dec. 26, 2011.  Sorry.  I cannot get the link to paste.

– Hearing/Reading, Telling/Writing (SCM)

https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/hearing-and-reading-telling-and-writing-a-charlotte-mason-language-arts-handbook/

Varied Subjects/Order

http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/homeschool/columnists/levison/v8i5_real_charlotte.shtml

– Science of Relations

http://www.amblesideschools.com/main/science-relations

Commonplace Book, Book of Centuries, Book of Firsts

http://www.sageparnassus.blogspot.com/2011/12/silva-rerum-commonplacing-as-habit_30.html

http://www.michelequigley.com/book-of-centuries-free-download/

http://www.unplugyourfamily.blogspot.com/2015/03/starting-simple-calendar-of-firsts.html#.VWXTpEITvBI

History/Geography

various living books, field trips, maps, and adventures

Nature Study/Science

Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna B. Comstock

Picture Study, Composer Study, Poetry, Foreign Languages, Shakespeare, Plutarch

Handicrafts (Sloyd)

Mother Culture (Karen Andreola)

http://www.momentswithmotherculture.blogspot.com

 

Resources

“The Texas Five”  (Below are my personal family’s favorites for these subjects.  You’ll find more in the sidebar and throughout this blog.)

http://www.thsc.org

Reading

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

McGuffey’s Readers

Numerous book lists from which to spread a feast!

Spelling

Ruth Beechick’s spelling lists from The Three Rs and You Can Teach Your Child Successfully

All About Spelling

Studied dictation using excerpts from our church bulletins, hymn study, quotes, Scripture memory work, and great books.

Grammar

Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons, by Emma Serl

IEW theme based writing units are used in co-op.

Essentials of the English Language, by Leigh Bortins

Mathematics

Rod and Staff

Teaching Textbooks

Good Citizenship

co-op, field trips, service work

“My neighbor is anyone with a need that I am able to meet.” -Haddon Robinson

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

http://www.aut2bhomeincarolina.blogspot.com/2013/11/where-i-host-charlotte-mason-blog.html

http://www.livingcminca.blogspot.com/2012/10/stem-and-cm.html

The icing on the cake!  Actually, the best part!  Scripture memorization!

http://www.scripturebox.com

 

REALITY!

CM in a box?  In 1998, when Karen Andreola published A Charlotte Mason Companion:  Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning, prepackaged CM resources and plans did not exist.  Now, there are endless places to find “CM in a box.”  Buyer beware!  Some of these plans and packages just put a label on a few good books mixed in with endless texts and workbooks.  Our family would quit homeschooling if we were to put these boxes into use, but to each her own.

Here is a minimal list of places to find book lists, plans, or even a CM box.

Ambleside Online (AO)

House of Education (HOE)

Charlotte Mason Help (CMH)

Higher Up and Further In (HUFI)

Simply Charlotte Mason (SCM)

My Father’s World (MFW)

Or, you can DO IT YOURSELF! (DIY)

Atmosphere (Natural, not artificial.)

Tailored to your family’s tastes and interests.

Discipline (Habitual.)

Laying Down the Rails workshop and Laying Down the Rails for Children resources from SCM.

Life (Generous curriculum to feed the body, mind, and soul.)

Plenty of time in the outdoors for exercise, fresh air, and camaraderie.  Lots of good books and other learning experiences.  Consistent church and volunteer opportunity participation.

Planning, Comparing, and Examinations (Thoughts to consider.)

The Charlotte Mason Organizer is an online tool by Simply Charlotte Mason.  Ideal for those who enjoy paperless planning.

apps.simplycharlottemason.com

My Student Logbook  is the “bees knees” for paper planner types who just can’t get into online planning.  http://www.mystudentlogbook.com

Boxes, Checklists, Library Cards, and Disaster Plans

Morning Baskets http://www.wildflowersandmarbles.com/2014/05/15/morning-basket-ageless-inspiring-and-still-standing/

The Five Homeschooling Styles (Watch this BEFORE choosing CM education!)  https://www.simplycharlottemason.com/five-homeschooling-styles/

Living Books Libraries  (Some for inspiration, one for participation.)

http://www.livingbookslibrary.com

http://www.childrenslegacylibrary.blogspot.com

http://www.bethselahsbooks.wordpress.com

An awesome book of booklists!

http://www.nothingnewpress.com/books/all-through-the-ages-2/

More great booklists are found in the righthand sidebar of this blog! =>=>=>=>

Disaster Prevention!

Teaching from Rest:  A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace, by Sarah Mackenzie

http://www.amongstlovelythings.com

(This will be the book study of the year for the Tailor Made Homeschool Support Group.)

http://www.tailormadehsg.wordpress.com

http://www.cireceinstitute.com/podcast (Scroll down to May 30, 2014 podcast to hear Andrew Kern speak about the idea behind “teaching from rest.”)

Remember that you are the parent.  You determine the books, resources, and routine course of study for each of your children.

Do NOT let CM (or other education “expert”) speakers, authors, home schoolers, or other teachers determine that path that only you can chart with God’s help.

Still other CM books!  (Just a few, by no means an exhaustive list.)

The Living Page:  Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, by Laurie Bestvater

For the Children’s Sake, by Susan Schaefer Macaulay

A Charlotte Mason Education:  A Home Schooling How-To Manual, by Catherine Levison

 

 

 

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