Are you interested in homeschooling using Charlotte Mason’s methods and principles? Check out this huge list of resources to help you become acquainted with her ideas and how to implement them in your home!
In just a couple of months we will be finishing up our first homeschool year.
It has been a year of adjustments, trial and error, and introducing many new routines and disciplines in our home. And while I’m sure much of this was due to it being our first year doing school at home, I am equally as certain that every year we homeschool will have its share of adjustments, trial and error, and introductions to new things.
With each week that passes, I am more and more confident that Charlotte Mason’s principles and methods are the right fit for our family.
Her emphasis on spending time in nature, reading great books, and focusing on developing children’s habits in their early years is what first drew me in. Now, as I see how the central focuses on simplicity, beauty, and truth bring so much joy and richness to our lives, I am so thankful to have her wisdom and the wisdom of other CM families to draw from.
Bottom line: the more I learn about the CM method, the more I love it.
If you are reading this post, then chances are good that you are curious about Charlotte Mason, or are simply wanting to know more fully how to implement her ideas in your home.
Below, you can find a list of a variety of resources to help you become more acquainted with the CM method.
Most of them are resources which have been incredibly helpful to me in the past couple of years. A few of them are suggestions from others in my CM co-op who are further on in their homeschooling journey.
Be sure to pin this list for future reference! I know I will be referring back to it often!
Charlotte Mason Resources to Listen/Read/Follow:
1. The Mason Jar :: The Circe Institute with Cindy Rollins
2. A Delectable Education :: a Charlotte Mason podcast
3. Your Morning Basket :: Pam Barnhill
4. Read-Aloud Revival :: Sarah Mackenzie
1. For the Children’s Sake :: Susan Schaeffer McCauley
For the Children’s Sake is recommended by so many people because it is simply a treasure and a worthwhile read for any parent. It’s a short book, easy to read, and one you will find yourself rereading often.
2. Educating the WholeHearted Child :: Clay & Sally Clarkson
I have not read this book yet, but I hope to do so soon. I have not met a Sally Clarkson book I have not loved, though, and feel confident relying on others’ recommendations of this book for homeschooling parents.
3. Laying Down the Rails // A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook :: Sonya Shafer
Charlotte Mason emphasized the importance of learning good habits early on. This handbook tackles her list of habits– what each one is and how to teach them to your children.
4. A Charlotte Mason Companion // Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning :: Karen Andreola
Reading Charlotte Mason’s personal writing is, of course, worthwhile. But it can also be daunting. (Especially to my tired mama brain). This book explains Charlotte Mason’s method in a clear and understandable way.
5. Honey for a Child’s Heart :: Gladys Hunt
This is an excellent resource to have on hand, whether you homeschool or not. It is full of book lists and suggestions on how to pick worthwhile (living) books for your children. I try to reference it before going to the library. There is also another book for older children that would be just as useful (Honey for a Teen’s Heart).
Websites & Curriculum:
Ambleside offers a wealth of free resources about Charlotte Mason, as well as free curriculum for K-12.
This website has curriculum guides, a blog and forum, a huge online bookstore, and more.
A friend from my CM co-op recommended this website as an alternative free CM curriculum, similar to Ambleside Online.
I am the least familiar with this curriculum, but included it on the recommendation of others. This long-term homeschooling parent offers curriculum guides for all ages for a reasonable price. She also has other free resources available on her website and blog.
We used MFW for our kindergarten curriculum this year and really enjoyed it. I’m still deciding between using Ambleside or MFW for our first grade curriculum.
MFW’s website describes their curriculum this way: “Combines the best of Charlotte Mason’s ideas and classical education with a Biblical worldview, an international focus, and our own observations of how children learn.”
Also check out How to Start a Charlotte Mason Co-op:
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