Who was The French method of child-rearing book Mason and what is her method of homeschooling? Who put all of this together? Why are you putting so much work into something for which you receive no remuneration? Isn’t there any way we can contribute something?
Can children follow the plots of many books read slowly in the same term? Why shouldn’t I just read the books at a quicker pace so my child can focus on just one or two at a time? Why use short, varied lessons instead of long lessons that might train children to persevere at their work? Why doesn’t AO’s reading list fit into Charlotte Mason’s PNEU timetables? Does AO’s page count line up with the number of pages Charlotte Mason’s PNEU schools were doing? If AO is a Christian curriculum, why does it use books that assume evolution like A Child’s History of the World and Van Loon’s?
Why fairy tales, myths, fantasy, Shakespeare? Can I do this if my child has ADHD, dyslexia or Asperger’s? All I see is a booklist. One mom in my homeschool group tried AO and isn’t doing it anymore, why should I try it? What if I want something more scripted and methodical so I can be sure I’m doing CM the right way? I have a product which would meet the needs of AO users. Can I post details to your forum?
I don’t understand why I can’t market products and services . Why so stingy with something that’s free? I learn the basics of this kind of education? What do I need to do to start, what does it cost, and where do I get the books? How much does it cost to use this curriculum? How soon can my child start Year 1? How do I do this with more than one child?
Can I schedule two of my children in the same Year, or do they need to be doing their own Year? What do I do with my toddler while I’m doing school? Is it too late to start this kind of education if my child is in middle school, or high school? How do I keep school records? How many of my child’s books should I read to him, and when should he start reading his schoolbooks on his own? Do I need to pre-read everything my independent reader is reading?
How does a Charlotte Mason curriculum handle language arts, including phonics, handwriting, copywork, grammar and composition? Why is narration so important and how do I do it? How do I choose a math program? Can children follow two consecutive threads of history at the same time?
What are handicrafts, and what are my children supposed to be doing for that? How do I teach my children about art and classical music? I’m unfamiliar with Shakespeare, how am I supposed to teach it to my children? Charlotte Mason lived in England in the 1800’s. Orphaned at age 16 and never married, she devoted her life to children and their education. The students in the schools she founded read and discussed living books written by excellent authors on various subjects, took daily nature walks and recorded their observations in notebooks, enjoyed art and music, cultivated and maintained good personal habits such as attention to detail, focused attention and consideration to others, and learned foreign languages. The Charlotte Mason method uses living books with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity, narration instead of comprehension exercises or composition, copywork for handwriting, spelling and grammar modeling, nature observation as the primary means of early science, and literature, poetry, art and music to give children’s minds beautiful ideas to feed on.
CM is not unschooling, nor is it delight-directed. To illustrate the difference, imagine that you had a son who was interested in knights and wanted to learn more about them. Unit studies attempt to link knowledge in the child’s mind by arranging lessons around specific topics. Charlotte Mason felt that this was an artificial way to create mental relationships based on a faulty concept of ideas as taught by Herbart. Children don’t need unit studies to organize ideas for them. Their minds are perfectly capable of taking ideas from various unrelated sources and figuring out how they relate to each other on their own.
CM isn’t about creating an optimal environment to entice children to learn. CM is not about making learning fun. Charlotte Mason felt that, although children enjoy being entertained, entertainment is a passive activity. Children need to apply their own minds to the effort of getting knowledge from their books and making their own mental relationships with the world around them.