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"...I think we owe it to children to let them dig
their knowledge, of whatever subject,
out of the "fit" book; and this for
two reasons: What a child
digs for is his own
possession; what is poured into his ear, like
the idle song of a pleasant singer, floats out
as lightly as it came in, and is rarely
assimilated. I do not mean to say that the
lecture and the oral lesson are without their
uses; but these uses are, to give impulse and
to order knowledge; and not to convey
-- Charlotte Mason
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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Charlotte Mason Method

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

A Christian-focused literature-based approach to learning developed in 19th Century England, based
on the
writings of Charlotte Mason and introduced as a homeschooling method in 1987 by Susan
Schaeffer Macaulay in her book, "For the Children's Sake".  

is method recommends using "classics" and other "real" or "living" books written by quality authors,
in their entirety, rather than standard textbooks or "dumbed-down" reading passages.   Instead of
learning thru lectures, children are required to narrate back what they have learned from being read to,
reading, or observation.  

Formal lessons are delayed until age 6 and written narration is not required until a child is age 10 - 12.  
Children use "copy work" and dictation to practice handwriting.  History is taught chronologically, using
historic fiction, and a history time-line is constructed.  

Nature walks are encouraged, and a nature notebook and personal journal are kept.  Emphasis is on
literature, art, music, poetry, bible-study, and history.  No workbooks, study guides, tests or
competition.  Recommends short, focused lessons,  that aim to instill a love of learning.

Check out
Ambleside Online  and House of Education - A free Charlotte Mason online curriculum,
which also has two online Yahoo! support groups -- one for
AO and one for HOE (Ambleside covers
years 1-6 and the House of Education covers years 7-9)

Other Resources

The Original Home Schooling Series -- Charlotte Mason's writings

For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School a book by Susan
Schaeffer Macaulay

Charlotte Mason Study Guide a book by Penny Gardner

Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt -- a book that describes the value of good books, how to
choose them, and offers suggestions

Charlotte Mason in America -- a mom's blog

Charlotte Mason Education Forums -- an online discussion board

Secular Charlotte Mason Group -- an online Yahoo! support group

Fresno Family Homeschooling Pages: Secular Charlotte Mason

Magnanimity -- an online newsletter/Yahoo! group

Homeschool Without Homework an article by Karen Andreola
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