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 your familiar with Charlotte Mason’s method or your curious to learn more about various curriculum then stay with me. I promise it is coming.
Charlotte Mason is not a Curriculum
If your 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 your 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 poured 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 your interested, you can view these items in my Amazon Shop.
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?