Charlotte Mason was a woman after my own heart. She believed in educating the whole child. Miss Mason didn’t believe in drilling facts into children’s heads and forcing them to memorize them. Instead, she believed in short lessons and having the children repeat what they learned. She believed in walks in nature and watching animals, smelling flowers. She didn’t believe in reading about the artist, no she believed in the studying the art of the artist. She didn’t believe in throwing a packet about a composer at children, she believed in listening to their music, with eyes closed, hearing every beat.
Charlotte Mason did not children of her own but she knew what they needed to learn and to retain information. She believed in immersing them in whatever it was they were learning. Diving in head first and really getting into the subject. There were no textbooks instead there were living books, there were no dry facts, there were rich stories. This is why I use the Charlotte Mason Method in my homeschool. I love hearing my son’s sweet voice read aloud, hearing him tell me what he sees in a painting, the lines, colors, and shapes. The excitement when he points out an animal and explains its behavior based on what he is seeing rather then what he’d read.
It warms my heart when he tells me he wants me to read to him over watching TV. The happiness he shows when handed a pack of colored pencils and instructed to draw what he saw on our latest nature walk. He will gladly repeat back to me his lesson with no argument! All because we chose a way of learning that enriches his education, a style that shows him how to be in the world and a part of it instead of telling him how. I will never regret choosing the CM Method for my family. It was the best decision I’ve ever made for my children!
If you’d like more information about Charlotte Mason or the CM Method please visit https://www.amblesideonline.org. I am in no way affiliated with Ambleside Online other than using their curriculum.