You have come to the conclusion that home educating your precious offspring is a calling and a challenge that is best suited for your family. Congratulation! Now comes the overwhelming task of how do we get about it. There are many different philosophies, methods, and curriculum are available for us today that you may soon that you are sinking down into a sea of options. Here are the books that helped me with my focus on using a Charlotte Mason approach within our home school.
The original Homeschooling series written by Charlotte Mason herself are great resources for anyone who want to dip deep into the philosophy. Mason was a pioneer for advocating a particular type of education that focused on educating the child as a whole person. She developed an education based on these three principles. Education is: An Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life. By atmosphere is talks about the child environment, this include in the classroom and nature studies. By discipline, she encourage the training of good habits. Finally, life, is represented by living books, ideas and staying away from dry facts.
If reading the original six volume is a but daunting, lets face it we are busy mothers after all, there is an alternative. For The Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay will present all those great ideas that Mason wrote about, but in a very practical shorter version.
This book is a must read for any parents who are considering educating their children at home. You will for in love with the great principle that will encourage you to create a home where learning is at its heart.
I read When Children Love to Learn at the end of last year, my memory is a bit blurry but from what I remember this book was a follow-up to From the Children sake.
I think the biggest addition in this book was a few chapters on with examples on how Mason ran her school. From what the kids learned to how their day was scheduled.
I would recommend this book to those who needs more practical application on this type of education.
When digging around and trying to figure out all those lovely different homeschooling approach you will surely come across classical education when poking around Charlotte Mason.
Consider this by Karen Glass, explain how the two can come together and why this works.
And Finally one last book that should be in your Charlotte Mason book shelve is Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola . This book as everything you need to learn about the Mason philosophy presented in a clear and practical way.
The best way to appreciate this book is in small chunk, reading one chapter here and there, letting all the information sink slowly in.
What about you, is there other books that would add in this list of Charlotte Mason education series?