Author Archives: Cheddars

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling – Narration

One of the most basic elements of a Charlotte Mason learning atmosphere is reading and narration. In its simplest form, reading and narration are reading (either by or to the student) followed by a re-telling in some fashion of what was read. Narration begins with the most basic “tell me what happened in our story”…

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling – What Makes A Living Book?

There is much talk about the use of real literature – real books – in Charlotte Mason schooling. They are the one thing a Charlotte Mason education can’t do without. They are essential and fundamental. Without living books, there is no Charlotte Mason education. Living literature consists of reading material that is literary in nature….

Charlotte Mason and Unit Studies

Charlotte Mason was not a fan of unit study learning at all. Charlotte believed that unit studies robbed the children of the chance to make the connections, the relations as she called them, on their own. One of her underlying philosophies was that children retained best what they figured out for themselves. This is why…

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling – Winter Nature Study

Whether or not you have snow and ice, the wetter weather of winter can still make nature study seem like a distant memory from warmer, happier days. There are, however, ample opportunities to bring a little nature study into your life, even if you ahve to leave most of the nature outside. *Bird study –…

Nature Study In an Unnatural Environment

God created a big wide world for us to live in and enjoy. He also charged us with its care and keeping. We can’t really be stewards of the earth if we never get to know the earth and its creatures. You’ve heard. read and studied all about this wonderful thing called nature study and…

Physical Education – Charlotte Mason Style

Charlotte Mason’s students took part in physical education sessions. Ms. Mason advocated the use of Swedish drill exercises – which were to the late Victorian and Edwardian era what aerobics were to the 1980′s. She also used folk dancing and walking to round out her physical education regime. There was a philosophy or belief of…

Planning – Charlotte Mason Style – part 2

Last week, we began to examine just what goes into planning a Charlotte Mason style education with a look at Charlotte’s “Questions for the Mother.” Let’s continue on this week, in more specific detail, but still using Charlotte’s queries as our guide. if you’ll remember, her first question was “Why must the children learn at…

Planning – Charlotte Mason Style – part 1

Charlotte Mason’s “Three Questions for the Mother” from volume 1, Homeschooling series – “She must ask herself seriously, Why must the children learn at all? What should they learn? And, How should they learn it? If she take the trouble to find a definite and thoughtful answer to each of these three queries, she will…

Maths – Charlotte Mason Style

Suzanne Stewart is a professional freelance writer and marketer, and the author of Homeschooling on the Cheap. She has been homeschooling her children since 2002, using mostly Charlotte Mason methods and philosophies. She has read and studied all of Charlotte’s writings, as well as others’ works on Charlotte and her ways. She lives just the…

Nature Study – What’s It All About?

Suzanne Stewart is a professional freelance writer and marketer, and the author of Homeschooling on the Cheap. She has been homeschooling her children since 2002, using mostly Charlotte Mason methods and philosophies. She has read and studied all of Charlotte’s writings, as well as others’ works on Charlotte and her ways. She lives just the…