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 Charlotte Mason (1842-1946) was a British educator who believed that education should be based on observation of the natural world. There are curriculums based on the Charlotte Mason method, but the method does not require the purchase of a particular curriculum.  Books can be borrowed from the libray as a money-savings way to homeschool using this method.

 The Charlotte Mason Method Is Based Upon:

"Living Books" - Books written by authors who are enthusiatic about a particular subject. Biographies, autobiographies and narration are used to teach sujects like History and Geography rather than textbooks.

Christianity & Habit Training - Children read, memorize and recite Bible passages.  They are trained to establish good habits like respect, kindness, obedience, truthfulness, neatness and punctuality.

No Grades. No Homework. Short Lessons. Few Lectures. Free Afternoons.  - Children discover the world for themselves instead of having it explained to them within a rigid, structured system.  They are motivated by admiration, faith and love instead of stickers, candy, money, competition or grades.  The goad is to instill a love for learning.

The Charlotte Mason Method includes:

  • Math - Children use manipulatives to learn concepts before doing equations on paper.  They think through problems and understand how math applies to life.
  • Nature - Children spend time outdoors and observe nature to learn about Science and the world.
  • Art and Music - Children learn art and music appreciation through paintings and music compositions.
  • Poetry - Children are encouraged to develop their own thoughts about poetry instead of being told what to think about it.
  • Grammar - Children practice dictation, narration and copy work before formal grammar is taught at the age of ten. 

Dictation - consists of the child studying a passage until he  know all of the spelling, capitalization and punctuation.  The passage is then dictated one phrase at a time. This teaches spelling within a context rather than by learning a list of unrelated words.

Narration  - consists of the child providing their unique perspective about what they read either verbally or in writing.

Copywork - consists of the child being given a sentence or a paragraph to copy. This teaches handwriting within a context instead of writing isolated letters.

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