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A stream of consciousness from a few Charlotte Mason homeschoolers in California.

About Charlotte Mason

WHAT IS A CHARLOTTE MASON EDUCATION?

The Charlotte Mason method in brief by Catherine Levinson

An Introduction to Charlotte Mason by the AmblesideOnline Advisory

A CM Education by Charlotte Mason Help

AmblesideOnline's FAQ page with a wealth of information on a CM education including: CM compared to other homeschooling approaches, can I do this if my child has ADHD, dyslexia, or Asperger's, and much, much more.


CM FOR PRESCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

Ambleside Online's Year 0 Forum - This is one of the very best places to learn about CM and how to apply it in your home during those precious early years. Even if you never post a question, just reading everyone else's questions and comments is a great way to learn. There are also many resources in the 'Files' section of this group.

BOOKS TO READ TO LEARN ABOUT THE CM METHOD OF HOMESCHOOLING
The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason - This is her six-volume book series. Written in the late 1800s, there is no better source to truly understand Charlotte Mason's philosophy and method of education than Ms. Mason's words themselves. The English is challenging, but it is well worth taking the time to read through this series. Thanks to the Ambleside advisory, the full text is available here. Modern English version here. Ambleside Online's CMSeries Forum is a forum for those wanting to Read and Discuss the Charlotte Mason Original Homeschooling Series with others online.




For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. This is by far my favorite book to recommend to people with little up and coming homeschoolers who are just beginning to learn about CM. If the content of this book doesn't resonate with you, drop CM and find a different approach.




A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola




When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Childlight USA - an organization aiming to recover and promote Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy and practice. This group has extensively studied CM's work and brings much light to her methods. Their website has mp3 files of lectures, "The Review" online journal, and annual conferences for educators and parents interested in implementing CM's philosophy and methods.

The Parents Review - a joint activity between The Armitt Library and Museum, Ambleside, England and ChildLightUSA. The Parent's Review is a publication with a wealth of useful information and help for the Charlotte Mason educator. It incorporates past (Charlotte's own writing) and present to bring you a bit of good information about teaching and learning.

CURRICULUM

AmblesideOnline - A free Charlotte Mason Curriculum, complete online texts of The Original Charlotte Mason Series (also available in Modern English), Parent's Review Articles, and Library of Articles and Resources.

BLOGS
(try searching their older posts too, a lot of these blogs have been around for a long time and are a trove of helpful info. You can also try googling a CM topic like "copywork" and add the blog title in the search to find relevant posts quickly if they don't have a search function on their blog.)

Dewey's Treehouse
Afterthoughts
A Peaceful Day
The Common Room
Sage Parnassus
Fisher Academy

AUDIO RESOURCES

Librivox.org - Free downloadable audios, many classics like the Bible, Pilgrim's Progress, etc. are available, read by volunteers (some, like Cori Samuels, are really wonderful, some are not so great). Great for those long car rides! Here is a list of librivox recordings of books on the AmblesideOnline curriculum list sorted by year. This may not be completely up to date. Link courtesy of Nancy Kelly of Sage Parnassus

Childlight Charlotte Mason Conference audio archives - free downloads of past conference classes on various Charlotte Mason topics. Keep in mind Childlight classes do encompass classroom educators as well so the perspective is often classroom focused more so than homeschool.

L'Abri lecture library - L'Abri was founded by Dr. Francis Schaeffer and his wife, Edith, parents of Susan Schaeffer MacAuley who wrote For the Children's Sake. This site has a wealth of free downloadable lectures on topics including theology, philosophy, general culture and the arts.

GENERAL HOMESCHOOLING HELP AND INFORMATION

Statistics on Homeschooling - Can they get into college? Will they be socialized? Some statistics you may find helpful and ease your mind. Another article with stats here by HSLDA. And here is another good article on socialization.

Summary of Homeschool Laws - find out what is required to homeschool in your state.

Donnayoung.org Printable Schedules and Forms - If you're overwhelmed creating a schedule of your own, this site has free chore charts, attendance sheets, all kinds of schedules etc. you can print and use for free.

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum - this book pointed me to a CM education for my children. If it points you somewhere else, please reconsider! I am hard pressed to believe anything other than a CM education is the best for any child, but I'm open to considering it :)

The Classical Side of CM, an article comparing CM to Classical Education. And here is another post called Classical Education and Four Year Cycles, also by Karen Glass. Both links courtesy of AmblesideOnline.