|about the book
|"...I think we owe it to children to let them dig
their knowledge, of whatever subject, for
themselves 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
|Copyright 2005 Julie Shepherd Knapp
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".
This 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)
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
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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