As you are researching different teaching styles for your homeschool consider the Charlotte Mason Method! This approach focuses on respectfully educating the whole child through a large variety of daily observations, experiences, living books, and seven principles.
Kids participate in a “feast” of a wide range of topics so they can discover more and dive deeper into the topics that interest them most. Students glean information from inspiring and exciting stories. And they will learn history and related subjects in a chronological order that makes sense to them.
Today, many homeschool families worldwide use the Charlotte Mason Method to educate their children! It is interesting and fun!
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And the seven basic principles are…
1 – Good habits. Especially focused attention and doing a child’s very best at whatever they are doing! Charlotte realized that establishing good habits like polite manners and self-discipline prepared a person for a lifetime of success.
2- Short lessons. Allow children to focus, give their best, and enjoy what they are learning! Students develop the power of attention. They learn for only the amount of time they are developmentally capable of, so at their own pace.
3 – Living Books. Are fiction and non-fiction literature that is written in a narrative style with passion so the subject comes to life for students. These types of books captivate the reader by drawing on emotions and real-life experiences making them and the lessons learned memorable.
4 – Narration. This is simply the retelling in the child’s own words what they have learned. It builds their vocabulary as they naturally learn from and use new language they have just read. Kids use analytical and critical thinking skills as they tell you orally, and when they are older in writing, the things that caught their attention.
This personalizes their education and is your way of evaluating their learning!
5 – Dictation. As you read aloud to your student famous quotes, scripture, and historical documents, your child is honing their listening skills as they are also practicing their handwriting, spelling, and grammar skills.
Plus they are learning from purposeful literature instead of just a list of words or random sentences!
Children get to attempt to copy the style for a personal hands-on experience that they will remember as they use more of their five-senses in their overall education!
7 –Nature Study for Science and more. Getting outdoors every day for air and exercise while exploring, observing, and learning from God’s creation! Using a notebook to draw an object they discover – be it a bug, a plant, or a bird – and developing observation skills. Next, they write notes or sentences of details. And your older kids will add in further research to write a paragraph or two for descriptive writing practice.
Kids develop a love for learning and become lifelong learners!
Charlotte was a British educator in the 19th century who developed a new educational philosophy that she used successfully with her students.
Her methodology advocates a balance of teacher-led studies in the mornings and independent self-learning in the afternoons!
Kids can practice a musical instrument, do chores, explore, have free-reading time, be creative through arts and crafts, and have the freedom to learn what interests them most!
By presenting a plentiful wide range of liberal arts subjects, materials, and experiences, students are
exposed to more and allowed to learn abundantly and at their own pace. By using their good habits, children attend to their short studies quickly and eagerly.
With CM, you can enjoy family read-alouds, multi-sensory lessons, nature walks, and field trips! We loved this!
You can learn more about the Charlotte Mason style by reading A Charlotte Mason Companion or Mother Culture For a Happy Homeschool. Look for online websites like Simply Charlotte Mason and Charlotte Mason plus, local organized co-ops for support and education.
The methodology you teach your kids with will determine your homeschool atmosphere, schedule, and your children’s overall education.
No matter how you teach your kids, if they are learning, you are succeeding!
Charlotte Mason is just one of several teaching styles. Do your research. Talk with others. Ask questions. And give it a try if you think if fits you best!
So what are your thoughts on the Charlotte Mason Teaching Method?
Enjoy your #HomeschoolLife!