Our youngest son is a bit active, as I’ve shared MANY times, and any book work I have put before him has been something he has not enjoyed. To me, a big part of homeschooling is figuring out the child’s style and going with it so that they LOVE to learn. I do not want them to “tolerate” learning. (Ok, there may be SOME things they just HAVE to do, but for the most part I want them to like it.)
I have heard of the Charlotte Mason (CM) method of schooling but never really checked in to it much – until now. The past week or so I have really been looking at it, researching it, reading books from the library, reading blogs, talking with other CM homeschoolers…and I believe this may be the route to go with our youngest.
He LOVES to be read to (although not continuously) and after doing some CM research I see she likes narration…which our son already does! (I didn’t know there was “a name for it” though. *grin*) I think the BIGGEST thing that got my attention about the CM style is that she believed kids should be OUTSIDE for 4 – 6 hours A DAY investigating their world and learning about it. Now I don’t think THAT much time is possible in our lives (we live just outside a small town, we don’t own a farm or anything like that) but it did lead me to thinking with all his energy – OUTSIDE WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN! 🙂
Now, I am by no means an expert on this nor am I done with my research…honestly I am pretty much in the beginning stages…but let me share with you some of the useful information I’ve found so far (I am not endorsing these sites as I am still new at all this research, but I am sharing some of what I have found to be interesting):
Blog posts about CM:
Here is a link to the actual Charlotte Mason books series. (They are also available to purchase in print.)
Handbook of Nature Study – an amazing site that helps guide us moms on an easy way to get outside with our kids! (Her things actually only take about 20 per week outside so don’t fret!)
Living Books Online
I think the biggest thing to remember is that CM is a METHOD…not a list of particular books to read. It actually took me a little while to see that (as there are a lot of “book lists” out there).
Another thing that has sparked my interest in CM is “habit training”…this is something that is mentioned regularly in the homeschool community but most of what I’ve seen is pretty fluffy. CM doesn’t seem to be that way. I am very interested to check out the highly regarded Laying Down the Rails. We have also purchased Character Sketches, Vol 1 and are excited to see what it has to offer.
Well, that is all I can think of at the moment. I’m sure there will be more about this in the future. [I am also excited to share that I will have *TWO* Charlotte Mason product reviews coming!!]
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