Recently, flipping through some parenting-oriented Instagram pages I discovered for myself a Charlotte Mason Method of Education. After some extra research, I’ve noticed that it’s a popular one among Home Schooling Parents. Home schooling attracts me for a certain period already. Honestly, if we had 3 kids not too far apart from one another that would be my only one choice. There are endless possibilities for home schooling in Canada, that’s for sure.
Being a full time working parent I keep seeking for effective and interesting educational techniques for our daughter. My main and unchangeable idea is to teach our daughter to be curious about the new things, to know how to learn new things and to be assiduous. They all eventually will read, count and write…but ere those mastered as result of interest or force?!
I noticed how systematical daily and short reading, writing and math exercises form a habit of learning! And having such a great habit is a key! So, we try to feel our short weekday evenings with something fun, something new, something challenging and something super interesting! Probably, that’s why Charlotte Mason Method grabbed my attention. Lots of her principles are so familiar to me and therefore I wanted to discover more.
We can send kids to extra activities 5 -7 days a week, but if kid has zero interest towards learning all that is useless. It will be exhausting for both parties: parents who drove no clue how many kilometres and kids who “have” to go, but don’t really want any of these. Children have two guides to help them in their moral and intellectual growth – “the way of the will,” and “the way of reason.”
Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason (1 January 1842 – 16 January 1923) was a classical English educator in England at the turn of the twentieth century. She proposed to base the education of children upon a wide and liberal curriculum. She was inspired by the writings of John Amos Comenius, Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin. (Source: Wikipedia)
Charlotte Mason Education strategies have helpful and important advises regarding “how to” and “how don’t “educate your children.
Children were born persons and should be respected as such; they should also be taught the Way of the Will and the Way of Reason. Charlotte Mason Method motto for students was “I am, I can, I ought, I will.”
Formation of Habits
Charlotte Mason was very focused on the formation of habits in children of young ages. The believe is that teaching our children to be disciplined, to develop essentially good habits, will form 1/3 of their education. Therefore, goal is to help kids form habits that will make their lives run easily in the future. Habit is a matter of doing something so often that you eventually do it almost without thinking about it
“The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children. All day she is crying out, ‘Do this!’ and they do it not; ‘Do that!’ and they do the other. ‘But,’ you say, ‘if habit is so powerful, whether to hinder or to help the child, it is fatiguing to think of all the habits the poor mother must attend to. Is she never to be at ease with her children?” Charlotte Mason
Charlotte Mason Method lessons are short, especially for young children. The goal is to train the child to focus fully on their work, but only for amount of time they are developmentally capable of. In early elementary it would be 10-15 minutes per subject. Many curriculums that are Charlotte Mason Method inspired recommend doing less with higher expectation, rather than doing too much and risking your children doing their work with a lazy or half-hearten attitude.
“Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.” Charlotte Mason
Her philosophy was that once they ‘retell’ what they heard or read, the information was then stored and became theirs and could be remembered. Letting a young child do this orally helps them develop analytical thinking skills. At the beginning, narration is not an easy task at all for the kid. I still remember our first attempts with Elizabeth and those were tough. Therefore, I strongly advise introducing narration in your educational routine.
Dictation exercises introduce and reinforce spelling and grammar concepts.
Children should spend as much time as possible outdoors, especially as young students. Get children involved in the nature around them, learn from creatures they observed. That’s why, journaling is the form of education Charlotte Mason way to get her students to draw and catalog what they were see and learn.
“Provide a child with what he needs in the way of instruction, opportunity, and wholesome occupation, and his character will take care of itself: for normal children are persons of good will, with honest desires toward right thinking and right living. All we can do further is to help a child to get rid of some hindrance––a bad temper, for example––likely to spoil his life.”
Not sure how to effectively implement Charlotte Mason Method? Joy in The Home shares on How to Teach
- Preschool Through 2nd Grade the Charlotte Mason Way
- 3rd Through 6th Grade the Charlotte Mason Way
- Middle School the Charlotte Mason Way
- Teach High School the Charlotte Mason Way
In plus, I found beautiful and FREE Decorative Prints of Charlotte Mason Quotes may be found on Table Life Blog. I’ve already printed and framed ours. They look great!