Six volumes. Charlotte Mason wrote six volumes about her educational philosophy. I don’t know about you, but when I first started learning about this method I was a little overwhelmed and wondered how to get started.
From the little research I had done I knew the main points of her philosophy were to create “an atmosphere, a discipline, a life” where children would learn and grow in character. But what did that look like exactly? And in the twenty-first century no less (instead of Victorian England)! I knew I wanted to eventually read all of her Original Homeschooling Series, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to read all six volumes before I started teaching my children.
Getting Started With The Charlotte Mason Method
I was so thankful to have a cliff notes version in A Charlotte Mason Education. This little book gave a brief overview of the philosophy so I could get started right away. In fact, this is a great little book to give to grandparents so they can get an idea of the methods you will be using.
Not knowing what else to do, I started implementing one aspect of the Charlotte Mason method at a time. When we felt confident with that, we added another aspect. Before you knew it, we were a Charlotte Mason homeschool! (Well, I’ll admit…I’m not a Charlotte Mason purist. Just as Ms. Mason did so many years ago with other educational philosophies, I implement many aspects of her philosophy and tweak them to meet the needs of my students.)
One step at a time. That’s how I implemented the Charlotte Mason method in our homeschool.
What if there was a resource that would walk you through this process step-by-step? How relieved would you be to not have to choose which aspect to implement first? Thankfully, there is!
In Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Cindy West has broken this process down into 18 easy lessons. There are two things I love about this book.
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- Cindy shares stories about how she implemented the Charlotte Mason method in her homeschool, making it work for her children. Seeing how this looked in a real homeschool is helpful and encouraging. It makes implementing the Charlotte Mason method seem attainable in any homeschool.
- At the end of each chapter, she includes a “homework” suggestion to help you implement that aspect of the philosophy. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult or time consuming! It’s simply a challenge to find a way you can make one small change over the next week.
If you work through this book one chapter a week you will have made 18 small changes that will add up to have a BIG impact on your homeschool. I wish I had this book when I was first getting started implementing a Charlotte Mason education.