It is such a pleasure to be a homeschooler in these days. We have a wealth of information and resources available to us. If we search any subject we are interested in, our search will turn up a relatively large selection of books and websites. Recently, Charlotte Mason has gained popularity, as parents search out a style of education that is natural, enjoyable and simple. As a result, books on using the Charlotte Mason approach in the modern homeschool have been written in recent years.
I thought I would kick the year off by suggesting a few print resources you might wish to look at if you are interested in learning more about Charlotte Mason’s style of home education.
Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series: This is a meaty set of books that will give you the benefit of Charlotte’s own thoughts on education. There are six volumes in her set. They are also available free online in their original language or in an updated, modern language, which some find more readable.
A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola: A wonderfully written and illustrated, large – but not intimidating manual covering just about every facet of Charlotte Mason’s style. The author has an obvious passion for this style and is a lovely, experienced homeschooling mother. (She is responsible for the republishing of Charlotte’s works.)
Charlotte Mason Education: A How-to Manual by Catherine Levison: This is a quickly-read, crash-course in Charlotte Mason’s style. Catherine does a lovely job of making the simplicity of Charlotte’s style shine through.
More Charlotte Mason Education: A Homeschooling How-to Manual by Catherine Levison: A follow-up to the previous book, this one takes the reader further into some of the practical logistics, such as planning and scheduling, high school, and making a book of centuries.
When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper et. al.: This is my all-time favourite book on Charlotte Mason education. It is intensely readable, combining enough philosophy to empower the reader with a thorough understanding of the ‘whys’ behind the method with loads of practical suggestions for application in just about every subject.
Charlotte Mason Study Guide by Penny Gardner: This book is designed to deepen your understanding of Charlotte’s Original works, but is most certainly also a stand alone book. Penny also has an excellent website.
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay: One of the first books written on Charlotte Mason, this is also a great one to start with. It is a gentle introduction which I find inspiring and soothing. Oddly enough, the first time I read it, I didn’t like it at all. When I finally decided to return to it after learning more about Charlotte Mason, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Later on, our Charlotte Mason study group decided to study it and I read it a third time. This time I loved it.
Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson: Anything the Clarkson’s write is wonderful and this book is no exception. I just love it. I think the big strength of the Clarksons’ books is that they offer incredibly inspiring vision, but still seem ‘real’.