Charlotte Mason Study Group

“Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”

Hello all,

In general we can say that our mission as homeschoolers is to raise noble children who radiate an enthusiasm for learning and life. How can we accomplish this awesome task? One way is to use the “Charlotte Mason Method”. A Charlotte Mason Study Group work towards that end. These informative groups help provide a comfortable forum for people who wish to establish positive relations with each other, as we explore this gentle approach to learning. They are dedicated to providing support for all those seeking to understand and apply Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education in homes. “Nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas…which may bear fruit in his life.”–Charlotte Mason (1842-1923)If you are new to homeschooling and know that you need something other than a home version of school, or maybe you’ve been doing a structured school at home and find it isn’t working, Charlotte Mason is where you should start looking or looking anew. Learning about the Charlotte Mason approach will rapidly bring you to the heart of homeschooling.

Charlotte Mason (1842 to 1923) was a British educator who developed a system of educating children that respects the child as a person, while creating an educational atmosphere in which children learn “best”. Two of her most commonly referred to principles are “living books” and “narrative.”

Living Books: Charlotte Mason called for the use of living books rather than dry, fact-filled textbooks. In many ways, this is classic liberal arts, going directly to the original source for learning.

Narration: The narrative is having the child tell you what he has read. Narration is incorporated into all aspects of the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Whether after reading a book or taking a nature walk, the child should be able to explain what she has learned. For younger children, the narrative is spoken while for others it is written. The narrative takes the place of worksheets and classroom lectures.

A comprehensive application of Charlotte Mason includes the following elements:

Living books
Narration
Habit training
Short lessons
Dictation (spelling)
Copywork (handwriting)
Art appreciation
Nature study (Science)
Math
Poetry
Grammar
Bible
History
Geography
Foreign language

We’ll explore “Is Charlotte Mason Unschooling”, and some of the differences between Charlotte Mason and a classical education.

Another reason to consider the Charlotte Mason approach is the vast amount of resources readily available on line, including a complete curriculum through AmblesideOnline.org. This website has a number of resources that provide lesson plans and schedules broken down by grade.

Charlotte Mason Study Groups will get you started in the process of exploring the possibilities beyond traditional textbook-style homeschooling. Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methodology have transferrable principles that will enhance, enlighten, and empower any homeschooler’s journey.  Come and grow with us, as we discuss and apply what we learn about Charlotte Mason’s educational principles.

I need to know what the interest is in our community for a monthly Charlotte Mason Study group. If you’re interested in finding out more, please email me, Elsie Hanley, at mwheoh@yahoo.com. I will put your name on a list and keep you posted as we try to develop this long- awaited (at least for me) group.