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Summer is here (well, technically it is still Spring, but it feels like summer) and I am ready for a change of pace. We school year round here, so it's not like summertime brings a time of throwing down our books and kicking up our feet. So what's a girl to do?
If you are a frequent reader here, it's no secret that we are classical homeschoolers. So why am I interested in Charlotte Mason for the summer? Well, first of all, Charlotte Mason really was a classical educator, she just put her own unique spin on things. The Charlotte Mason and classical models really complement each other quite well. They both focus on living books, understanding history chronologically, and being surrounded by the good, the true, and the beautiful. I'm excited to mesh these two styles together for this summer!
What is the Charlotte Mason Method?
I know a bit about the Charlotte Mason method, but I am no expert. Let me go over the bit that I know:
- Short and sweet lessons
- Lots of outdoors time
- A focus on nature
- A focus on literature (and living books)
- Copywork, Dictation, Narration
Ok, what am I missing? Well, I'm about to find out, because the next book that we are going to be going through in our Classical Mamas Read book club is book 1 of the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Series. I am really excited to read this book and learn more!
Classical Mamas Read - Home Education by Charlotte Mason
You have one week to get yourself a copy of this book because we will start our discussion June, 6th. The good thing is that this one is an easy one to get (so no one has any excuses for not reading along!) Here are a few options:
- The original version in paperback
- An updated version (I think) in paperback or ebook
- Read it for free on Ambleside Online
There are six sections in this book, so I am hoping to go through it in six weeks. If this is too fast and we need to take more time on some sections, that is not a problem.
I am hoping that this series will be a little different than the past two books we have discussed. I'm hoping to tackle each topic by talking about how we are implementing Charlotte Mason's suggestions this summer, not so much a point by point breakdown of each chapter. I think this will be a lot of fun and I hope that you will join me in having a Charlotte Mason Summer!
If you are interested in learning how to practically begin using the Charlotte Mason methods in your homeschool, I highly recommend this ebook from Cindy West. It is a fun, easy read that walks you step-by-step into a Charlotte Mason homeschool! It would be a great complement to our summer book club!
Learn more about Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 EASY Step-by-Step Lessons