I don't want to detract from the fact that a Charlotte Mason education is about the why and the how.
Some philosophies and methods that drew me to Charlotte Mason are:
- Narration - telling back what is read in your own words (vs. testing and worksheets)
- Copywork - to teach spelling and handwriting
- Short lessons - in years 1-3 lessons range from only 10 to 30 minutes each!
- LOTS of time outside - Mason recommend about 6+ hours outside everyday
- using living books instead of textbooks
- Giving your child a "feast" for the mind (LOTS of choices and subjects) and letting them take what they will
- Starting with the idea that ALL good things come from God and that all of us are first and foremost His children.
To me, it's about offering my children a generous education that applies to their whole selves (mind, body and soul). They take in a lot of great ideas and develop a love for learning, so when they've graduated high school (or college!), they don't put their books away and say, "Well! Now that I'm educated, I can start living!"
There are much more eloquent people out there that can tell you more about Mason's philosophies; some of my favorites are:
- Ordo Amoris
- Sage Parnassus
- Charlotte Mason Institute
- check out my Blog Roll tab for more
If you feel like a CM education is too highfalutin for you, rest assured, it is not! It is about the Good, True and Beautiful, and those things are available to everyone! :)