Reconsidering Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Art Middlekauff


Author’s note: I am a homeschooling father who discovered Charlotte Mason while searching for a way to home educate my children. I am neither a scholar nor an educationalist. But I am a person who has experienced a genuine awakening as a result of engaging with Charlotte Mason’s ideas. As such I have a strong […]

Why I Didn’t Want My Child in My Science Class by Shannon Goods


In my past life, I was a high school chemistry teacher.  I lasted the proverbial five years for a new teacher, and then happily quit to stay home with my own newborn child.  I imagine I began as the stereotypical new teacher–young, enthusiastic, full of ideas and passion for my subject.  By the end of […]

Finding Fullness of Life in the Science of Relations by Joy Shannon


On what does Fulness of Living depend? –– Education is the Science of Relations . . . . What we are concerned with is the fact that we personally have relations with all that there is in the present, all that there has been in the past, and all that there will be in the future––with […]

Life After a Charlotte Mason Education, or Maybe, a Charlotte Mason Education Continues Throughout Life


This blog post is written by a CM graduate who for security reasons needs to remain anonymous.  (Imagining for a moment I was a Charlotte Mason news reporter, I saw headlines flash through my mind: Chinese Teacher recognizes value of CM training; CM principles hold true through the ages and across the world . . […]

Living Science Through the Lives of Scientists by Nicole Williams


“That which has become the dominant idea of one person’s life, if it be launched suddenly at another, conveys no very great depth or weight of meaning to the second person — he wants to get at it by degrees, to see the steps by which the other has traveled” (Charlotte Mason, Home Education, p.97). Charlotte […]

Reflections on a Day in a Large Room by Dr.Cindy Swicegood


Reader Beware: This blogpost is an unabashedly enthusiastic advertisement for the immersion sessions at the CMI conference (Wednesday, June 15, 2016). Immersion is an invaluable aid to learning to employ Charlotte Mason’s philosophy.  I recently had the pleasure of spending a day with four of our Canadian friends—a day in which they and their children […]

The Broad Curriculum by Dr. John Thorley


I am writing from a very wet and windy Cumbria. So wet in fact that much of the county of Cumbria has been flooded during the past week, and there is yet more rain to come. Several towns have been flooded to a depth of over a metre, over 7,000 homes have been badly damaged, […]

Natural History: Implementing Special Studies by Nicole Williams


Nature study conjures up such lovely images: children dazzled by a field of wildflowers, peering under rocks in a streambed, or showing their pressed-flower collection to an admiring grandparent.  It ranks up there with artist study and music appreciation for its beauty and life giving rejuvenation. A Charlotte Mason education can be quite rigorous, but […]

Taking Our Time by Amy Fiedler


“We can’t make a child hear God’s voice, but maybe we can place the child in the place where we know he takes walks.”   I can still remember hearing this spoken at the ChildlightUSA Conference (now Charlotte Mason Institute) in 2012 during a lecture given by Art Middlekauff.  What a beautiful idea—that through his […]

Nature Study Field Trips for All Ages by Deborah Dobbins


“Nature Knowledge the most important for Young Children. –It would be well if all we persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves […]

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