“A digital Charlotte Mason education? How is this possible?” You might be asking yourself after reading this post headline. YES!! It is possible.
We are a homeschool family who follows a Charlotte Mason homeschooling approach and loves digital learning as well. So in this post, I want to share with you how we make it possible and what we use in our homeschool.
I’m writing this post assuming you are already familiar with Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education. If not, you will certainly be learning a lot from this wonderful 20 Days of Charlotte Mason Homeschooling blog party.
What Is A Digital Charlotte Mason Education
Before we start, I want to clarify that what a digital Charlotte Mason education is, so there are no misunderstandings here.
First, I want to let you know that we are lovers of living books and nature walks. That’s why a Charlotte Mason education was so appealing to us. It fits perfectly our family’s natural rhythm.
Second, not all is digital in our homeschool, in fact, our children’s use of digital devices is limited to an hour a day unless we are streaming a movie or documentary together as a family.
A digital Charlotte Mason education is nothing more than applying Ms. Mason’s philosophy to our homeschool in this digital learning era.
We have found a vast feast of ideas online and we take advantage of it, all we can for our children’s education.I believe the internet opens up amazing ways to learn about places, cultures, nature, arts, music, languages, like never before. Everything is at our fingertips and can be used to our advantage.
So, I am always on the lookout for great digital resources we can use for our every day learning.
Digital Charlotte Mason Education Resources
While we love physical books, ebooks are so much cheaper and take no space at all. They are also much easier to be carried around. Take for example the Handbook of Nature Studies, how big and heavy it is. Each of my children has a digital copy of it in their Kindle Fire we take with us when we go out for nature walks. And guess what? I only paid once and we all have a copy in our devices.
Note that even though we are using digital resources, we still go outdoors to enjoy God’s creation and some fun hands-on learning.
We love audiobooks!! Just like ebooks, they take no space on our shelves. We can download several audiobooks to our devices and listen to them anywhere we go. This past year, we’ve listened to the entire Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, The Pilgrim Progress, several Laura Ingalls Wilder books and so many more.
Books transport us to other places and times in history, it helps us to learn about new cultures and the lives of people who changed history.
“We wish to place before the child open doors to many avenues of instruction and delight, in each one of which he should find quickening thoughts. ” Charlotte Mason, Volume 3, p. 170
Another great way to have a digital Charlotte Mason education is through watching fantastic documentaries online. We live in the era of Netflix, PureFlix, and YouTube. Anything you want to learn about is at your fingertip. I find that with my children, watching a short documentary ignites endless conversations and more curiosity about a topic.
When talking about digital learning, how could I leave online courses out? There are fantastic courses online that follow a Charlotte Mason philosophy of education and they are also a great way to outsource our homeschool.
We particularly enjoy online courses for math, foreigner languages, Shakespeare, art studies, and music appreciation. My kids have learned about the life of famous composers and painters, they’ve learned art techniques, music styles and so much more.
Ready to Embrace a More Digital Charlotte Mason Education?
We are so glad we have included more digital resources in our homeschool this past year. There are so many ways you can continue to pursue a Charlotte Mason approach to education using great digital resources. I hope this post has given you some inspiration and good ideas.
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