Charlotte Mason Curriculum
If you're looking for curriculum created in the Charlotte Mason style, you've come to the right place! MasterBooks, Apologia, and Bright Ideas Press all publish resources inspired by and created in the style of this popular methodology!
Who was Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason was an English educator and reformer in England at the turn of the twentieth century. Inspired by the Bible, she proposed to base the education of children upon a wide and liberal curriculum. Her motto for students was "I am, I can, I ought, I will." According to Mason, children have a natural love for learning and she devised strategies that facilitated this through the creation of a positive learning atmosphere.
Mason placed great emphasis on the reading of high-quality literature, and coined the phrase "living books" to denote those writings that "spark the imagination of the child through the subject matter." Her philosophy has had a tremendous impact on homeschooling around the world
- short lessons to help train the child’s attention
- copy work and narration as a tool to move the math concepts through the cognitive learning levels
- a teaching style that addresses the whole child through stories, hands-on activities, and real life use of the math concepts
- Story-based approach with character-building themes
- Slowly build handwriting stamina for younger students
- Instructional blend of stories, copy work, oral narration and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life
Angela O'Dell, who also authored Math Lessons for a Living Education, has written two history resources that cover American and World History. The conversational tone and a flavour of the Charlotte Mason method bring learning to life and insure connection with the learning process.
In addition, the uniquely designed, Charlotte Mason flavoured Elementary World History course your student becomes a reporter for World Times. Their task is now to gather information on world events, organize it, and present that information just like a real-life reporter!
The Mystery of History is a wonderful foundation for a Charlotte Mason style history education. It’s written in a living style that engages children’s interests, and includes the stories of the people in history. Reading additional living books that fit into a time-period is simple, since author Linda Lacour Hobar includes a list of suggested resources and supplemental reading at the back of each year of The Mystery of History.