Welcome to day 1 of 20 Days of Charlotte Mason Homeschooling. I’d like to begin with a brief introduction to this series, as well as and introduction to Miss Mason.
A disclosure before we begin…
Like myself, many of the bloggers you will be hearing from this month are not Charlotte Mason purists. Many of us subscribe to more than one method, and have found effective ways to combine philosophies and styles.
Last summer I published a short 10 day series highlighting resources based on both the Charlotte Mason and Classical Education methods. I was delighted by the response and assurance that I was not the only Classical Charlotte Mason homeschooler out there.
With that said, I invite you to join us this month, as we share how Mason’s ideas fit in our homeschools. Join the conversation in either the comments or in the Facebook group, by sharing how you weave some or all of her principles in your homeschool.
Who was Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 1800s. The popularity of her words and philosophies has grown exponentially in recent years. Mason co-founded the PNEU school (Parents National Education Union), which provides support for parents who follow her methods.
Her method is based on 20 principles about child rearing and education. The simplicity of the principles is beautiful, yet completely overlooked. Many of our ideas about education and discipline are rooted in what and how we learned in public school. Charlotte Mason’s method, couldn’t be more different.
Mason’s principles and methods can be found in detail in her six volume Home Education series:
Why So Many Follow Her Philosophy
Like many of Mason’s followers, my introduction to her was purely accidental. I was a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, before I knew who she was.
Mason radically contradicts nearly every public school education approach. She firmly believed parents should take charge of their children’s education. Instead of simply educating the children, Mason educated the parents.
She highly encouraged play, a feast of subjects, and short lessons. Mason believed children ought to spend more time outdoors, exploring and learning directly from what they observed in nature. Her approach to language arts was all encompassing, by including copy work and narration. This allowed children to learn naturally from living books, and not dry textbooks.
These are just some of the ideas that appeal to many homeschool parents, who desire to enjoy and live the learning journey as a family.
I hope you plan to join us, as we will be discussing these topics and so many others this month.
Tomorrow, Leah Courtney, from As We Walk Along the Road will, share 5 Charlotte Mason techniques she incorporates in her eclectic homeschool.
Don’t miss the rest of the Charlotte Mason Homeschooling series.