Homeschooling 101: The Charlotte Mason Method

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Homeschooling can be a great experience for any parent and child, provided that you do it by the book. The teaching process is delicate, and you have to consider your child’s mental capacity and personality in its entirety. The Charlotte Mason method of teaching is focused on three aspects: atmosphere, discipline, and life.

The method puts an emphasis on educating the individual as a whole, not just in a particular discipline. The goal is to have a child succeed in all of life’s aspects. It’s more a philosophy of teaching rather than a strict curriculum.

Who Was Charlotte Mason?

Charlotte Mason was a Welsh writer and academician. She was born in 1842 in Bangor, Gwynedd as Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason. She worked at the Bishop Otter Training College as an English educator. Her ideas regarding homeschooling are pretty straightforward. The child shouldn’t be treated as someone who requires special attention and care from an intellectual standpoint.

She viewed kids as full-grown human beings and wanted to provide them with a nurturing environment in which they can grow and develop into well-educated, responsible adults. Her motto for her pupils was “I am, I can, I ought, I will,” which can basically summarise her entire work.

How Does the Charlotte Mason Method Differ?

As stated above, the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling puts a lot of responsibility onto the children, but not in a bad way. It doesn’t revolve around textbooks. It revolves around living books. Books that have depth and a message, like a real literature or grown-up books.

Another thing that makes this method different is that it also incorporates arts into the curriculum, thus making children more curious. It is something that will definitely improve their ability to learn and to break down information. While it might be a bit more challenging in the child’s earlier years, this method will strengthen the foundation of learning and will yield great results in the long run.

Dictation is also a big part of the Charlotte Mason approach. This fosters a writing spirit in the child and also improves their calligraphy. While these methods might seem a bit out dated, a lot of schools around the world have shown that they yield positive results.

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Our conventions don’t just put you in contact with the best speakers. They also allow you to network with other parents from within your community. Make connections, discuss tutoring methods, and find the support you need to turn your home into a great homeschooling platform.