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Charlotte Mason Method

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:39 am
by lilybugs

I use the Charlotte Mason Method translated into laymens terms by Catherine Levison (Charlotte Mason can be difficult to read as she was alive in the early 1800's and used "old" english grammer).
It is inexpensive and lots of fun. BUT it is a way of life, not just a curriculum. It is reffered to as "A living education".
We use lots of literature, art, music, nature and outdoor activity plus copywork, and journaling most especially a nature journal and a Century Of Times Journal.
Having a special needs child, this works great for us as it breaks up the monotony of basic school work and is flexible and hands on. Lots of interest and you work very closely with your child. It is not for those who want to hand over a curriculum and let the child work independently all the time. She does independent work but we work together a LOT and have a great time doing it.
Right now, we are learning about energy, sign language, colonial america (we have a great trunk program at our local art museum where you sign out trunks full of hands on artifacts for free) and the lap harp. We also do a lot of painting and nature journaling.
It does take getting use to but with Catherine Levison's inexpensive books, it was easy to JUMP in and start right away.
We love it!

Question for you

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:52 am
by Hilltopmom
How many children are you teaching now? If you're teaching more than one, how are you doing that? Are you combining them on levels, doing each one separately?

I've been researching Charlotte Mason for the last week and a half trying to figure out if it's right for us. I love the idea of the girls being responsible for most of their learning and it being an education of the heart and mind. I guess the only thing I'm concerned about is how to fit in all in with 4 different levels and abilities.

Any advice? :?

Charlotte Mason

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:21 pm
by lilybugs
I only teach one child, she is autistic and mild MR. But if you get the book by Catherine Levison about the method (it's called Charlotte Mason-A home schooling how-to manual) it tells you in laymens terms how to start and how to combine levels and it very easy to read. It literally helps you jump right in. It's not very expensive either.

I will be teaching two children soon (another autistic, mild mr child) at a very different level but the great thing about her method is that a LOT of lessons can be combined easily (so I've read!).

I highly recommend this book, though, if you are looking at using this method. It's fantastic and I refer back to it constantly!

Good luck!


Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:24 pm
by Hilltopmom
Susan, Thanks for the quick response. I'll check out the book. I don't think I'm fully understanding the method yet.

Catherine Levison

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:39 pm
by lilybugs
She is the best resource on Charlotte Mason and makes it SO easy to understand and truly start immediately. I just happened to be online when I got your post, so it was good timing for both of us. :)

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:48 pm
by mdsmomct
May I ask what type of notebook you use for your nature book/journal? I want to starts one soon with ds and wonder what holds up best? Thanks!

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:58 pm
by lilybugs
I went to a craft/art store and got a mid-size water color (the sheets are thicker) book that was bound spirally. It works well and she can paint in it if she doesn't feel like pencil drawing.
I used 3-d bottle paint (you can get at a wal-mart for 88 cents a bottle) "Lily's Nature Journal 2006-2007" and let her use the paint bottles for making some flowers, trees and such on the front. The bottles are tiny but go a long way.

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:21 pm
by mdsmomct
Thanks- that's a great idea! :idea:

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:09 pm
by clang100205
I have been looking into the Charolet Mason method and I was wondering what is the best resource to tell you how it is done? I have Mary Prides book and it describes it. Is that good or do I need to get a special book.
My husband likes the way of teaching children how to read.


Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:02 pm
by Lily
If you're interested in CM, take a look at It's an online curriculum guide, the original volumes, tips, etc.