I love love love the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education. It is whimsical, gentle, rich, and well-rounded, it truly is an educational feast. Personally, my favorite aspect is all of the outside time, nature walks, and nature studies-it calls to me as a Christian home educator. I mean what better way to teach your children science then letting them naturally explore, observe, and discover in all of God’s creation? If you would like to know more about a Charlotte Mason Education read here: What Is A Charlotte Mason Education.
If you’re familiar with Charlotte Mason’s method or you’re curious to learn more about various curriculum then stay with me. I promise it is coming.
Charlotte Mason is not a Curriculum
If you’re new to the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education understand that it is not a curriculum. It is a philosophy of education that encompasses a whole child. A method focusing on individual progress rather than the systematic conventional school approach. The Charlotte Mason method transforms education into art; to be done well it requires a certain finesse. If you’re considering implementing a Charlotte Mason Curriculum in the near future, I highly suggest reading her volumes which you can purchase below.
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Pure or Impure Curriculum
Yes this is a thing…
When you begin to delve into the homeschooling world, you will discover that there are subcultures of homeschoolers. Within the Charlotte Mason homeschooling families you will come across two types: those that faithfully follow Charlotte Mason’s methods and those that truly appreciate all of its beauty but are comfortable with curriculums that are “inspired by” or “influenced by.” I prefer the “eclectic” approach but mainly adhere to a Charlotte Mason philosophy. That said, I have begun to create some of my own Charlotte Mason enrichment resources which are purely aligned. You can view those items below.
The second half of this year I began forming my own lesson plans which I base off of Charlotte Mason’s methods. I’ve pored over countless books in the library, and began creating my own living book list for my children. (Read more here: what-is-a-living-book) I’ve been focusing on becoming well read and immersing myself in Mother Culture.
Since I am a self-ascribed nature enthusiast I have been slowly changing our life style so that we can spend more time outside in nature. Which means scheduling, planning, and purchasing appropriate supplies that support nature-based learning. If you’re interested, you can view these items in my Amazon Shop.
Yes Now for Charlotte Mason curriculum….
(All of the grey curriculum titles are links)
Purely Aligned Curriculum
- A Gentle Feast
- Living Books Curriculum
- Ambleside online
- Simply Charlotte Mason
- Higher Up and Further In
- Mater Ambilis
- Wild Wood
- A Modern Charlotte Mason
Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum
- My Fathers World (the early years)
- The Good and The Beautiful
- Heart of Dakota
- Winter Promise
- Beautiful Feet
- Sonlight (the book list)
- Five In A Row
- Train Up A Child
- A Mind In The Light
- Queens Homeschooling
Charlotte Mason Influenced Resources
5. The Tutor
6. Dreaming Spires Home Learning (high school only)
7. Homeschooling Downunder (for the Aussie Homeschoolers)
The first half of this year I was following Ambleside onlines booklist but after the new year, I began my own. Next fall, I plan to go with a different Charlotte Mason curriculum and I’ll mix it up as we go.
Are you considering using a Charlotte Mason curriculum ? If so, which one?