Charlotte Mason: Home Education in the Modern Era

Charlotte Mason: Home Education in the Modern Era

Charlotte Mason Resources

I have been a fan of the Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum and approach for many years. As I explored her approach I found valuable resources.  Below you will find several books that will make your journey through homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way much easier.

Charlotte Mason’s Thoughts on Home Education and Destiny

Charlotte Mason was a Christian and believed that the Lord made each child unique.  He placed a specific plan for each child’s path.

Much of our current approach to education is geared toward telling children what track they should travel on instead of discovering the path the Lord intended for them to travel. 

Her approach requires embracing the attitude that each child is special and has a unique call on their lives.  It is a huge task and you may feel overwhelmed at times. The suggestions below may help in your journey.

Book Recommendations:

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie is a reminder of what education is truly about.

Sarah Mackenzie reflects upon the importance of looking at how we educate our children in a way that they learn to love learning instead of checking off specific boxes as they get things done. 

It is disheartening when children simply tick off the worksheet when they really haven’t absorbed anything. 

It’s all about perspective. What are we teaching our children about education?  She writes from a desire to walk in the peace that is promised to those who follow God.  Sarah’s desire was to demonstrate peace and grace in her life.  These elements would be translated to her children as they grew up.  It is something that we have to contend for but it is worth it.

Character Building the Charlotte Mason Way

Interestingly, as children see true glory and peace they will gravitate towards this lifestyle. Enjoy reading this treasure and glean some nuggets that will make a great difference in your homeschool life as well as your life in general.  Strong character traits will carry young people far. This trait will open doors to whatever they want to do in life because they will have the discipline to complete a plan of action.

Habits and Character Building

Habits: The mother’s Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason Topics) (Volume 1)  Charlotte stressed the importance of helping your child as well as yourself acquire good habits. These are solid foundations that make life run easier.

Good habits can clear the way for children and adults to live a productive and joy-filled life. Check out my post on Habits and download the freebie. This is a great resource to refer to as you are developing good habits in you and your children.

You will also want to check out these two videos from Ambleside Schools on the subject of habit forming.

Character is established and strengthened as healthy habits are formed.  Enjoy this book as you lay down good habits for your children and yourself.

Charlotte Mason: Home Education in the Modern Era

A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola.  Karen has written a book that chronicles her experience using the Charlotte Mason approach to learning.  As you read this piece, you will discover what the Charlotte Mason approach looks like in the modern area. 

Karen takes you through her homeschool journey and shares the joys and challenges she experienced.  You will also want to read Karen’s blog posts on Mother Culture.  It is a refreshing and reassuring idea that stresses the importance of taking care of oneself as a mother.

Charlotte Mason at Home and School

For the Children’s Sake: Foundation of Education for Home and school by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay   This is another look into the experience of a homeschooling mom that has chosen to use the Charlotte Mason approach.  Teachers in the classroom, as well as homeschool moms, will benefit from reading Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book.

 

A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-to Manual

Catherine Levinson has taken the key foundations found in the Charlotte Mason approach and presents them in a simple way that allows families to enter the homeschooling world from a Charlotte Mason perspective.  Catherine’s manual helps you establish weekly schedules and routines that make homeschooling and home education possible.

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass is an explanation of the art of re-telling.  Charlotte Mason explained how to implement narration and it has been used in traditional schools as well as homeschools. This book explores the theory behind the use of narration and then shows how to implement the process from beginning to end.  Children and adults can benefit from the practice of narration to fully grasp a concept.

These resources are helpful tools in understanding the Charlotte Mason approach.  It is my hope that you will find each of these tools valuable and helpful.

What educational tools have you found helpful?  What have I missed? I would love to know what’s worked for you in educating your children.  Please leave a comment and share this post with your friends.

 

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Book Review-Pre Birth Briefing: Discover the Gift God Made You To Be

Book Review-Pre Birth Briefing: Discover the Gift God Made You To Be

Pre-Birth Briefing

This is a wonderful story of a mother guiding her child to seeing his unique gifts and callings.

Check out the brief video on Susan’s book-Pre-Birth Briefing:

Enjoy this book with your child. Begin talking about how wonderful they are.  This book gives some wonderful insights into how to see what gifts and callings are in your child.

Pre-Birth Briefing?

Susan’s son asked her this very question.  What is a pre-birth briefing?  She gently and lovingly tells her son a story that leads him to understand that he is special, unique, to be treasured.  He comes to understand that he and his generation have a destiny.

As I reflected on Susan’s conversation with her son, I was marked by the way this story reflects how special our children are.  Some of them don’t know how important they are to the future. We, as adults, have the opportunity and responsibility to make sure our children come to know who they are and how important their lives are.

The World is a Dangerous Place.

Our children face so many challenges. The enemy would have them believe that they are not special and have nothing to offer. This is a lie.  The enemy would have our children think they are some sort of misfit or mistake.

Our children will face many temptations and distractions in this life. So many of the messages being conveyed today leave our children thinking they are not good enough.  Children and young people feel a lack of purpose in their lives.  This is an open door for the enemy to come in and add more confusion and distress to their lives.

Susan’s book-The Pre-Birth Briefing is a great tool for opening a conversation with your children.  It will have you reflecting on your own gifts as well.  You will be inspired to press in and seek the Lord’s purpose for your life and for your child’s life.

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Pre-Birth Briefing

I love this book because it is one of those treasures that connects with destiny. This reminds me of Charlotte Mason and her approach to raising and educating children.  She understood that children are whole persons with destiny marked on their spirits.  Charlotte Mason was a British educator that believed that God created each child with a specific gift and calling.  God placed adults in the lives of children in order to help those children discover talents and gifts.

Pre-Birth Briefing: This Would Make a Great Gift

This book would make a great gift for expectant parents.  Grandparents would enjoy reading this book to their grandchildren as well. Susan packed the book with tools that parents and grandparents can use to further explore how special they are.  It is also loaded with beautiful illustrations and engaging writing.  Get your copy today.  Click the picture to order your copy.

How have you shared the Lord with your child?  Have they asked you really tough questions?  How has the Lord helped you answer those questions?  Please share in the comments. I would love to hear how the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding you through these parenting waters.

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