I love the Charlotte Mason philosophy. I have so much more to learn, but I find myself leaning more and more into how she taught. It’s refreshing and helps me to feel like I’m doing what’s best for my family.
What I don’t like, however, is feeling that I have to do anything any one way. So I don’t “do” Charlotte Mason, I’m inspired by her and her philosophy.
I started following Lynn Seddon on Instagram recently (I love her) and started watching a live video that she did. I haven’t finished it yet, but I joined her group called Modern Miss Mason and I can’t wait to finish the video there. Anyway. This was what she titled her talk that day. She has been doing this a lot longer than I have and she has a wide range of knowledge and wisdom to offer, but that stood out to me.
I am pretty much in love with everything that we do, and what I don’t love, I’m not worried about, because we’ll just figure things out as we go! What I love the most is that it’s Charlotte Mason inspired. I don’t follow her philosophy 100% because nothing fits us 100%. But I do find that the more I learn about it, the boys’ needs, and my style as I’m developing, I’m learning that this is so us.
In the past I had a hard time with it because honestly, I just felt it was too gentle and not rigorous enough. At this point, I have learned that I don’t care so much about the boys knowing everything perfectly or “beating” other kids in some imaginary game. I just want them to be mentally and emotionally healthy, experience the lovely, know Jesus, love learning, find things that they love to do, and be to function well in society as they grow and leave our home.
With those goals (for ALL my kids, not just the ones that I homeschool), this is how I find us CM inspired:
- A lot of time spent outside- organized and free play
- Nature studies
- Narration throughout the day (I have them do written narration about what they are reading independently using questions but everything else is oral at this point)
- Short lessons.
- Living books (I HATE textbooks)
- I read aloud to them every day
- We have a focus on poetry through many parts of the school week including Poetry Teatime everything Thursday
- Art appreciation and artist study
- I’m beginning copywork and dictation this week
The ways (that I know of) that we don’t follow it perfectly are that I don’t care too much about what my boys read… I just want them reading. And I think the curriculum that we use (The Good and the Beautiful) introduces grammar much earlier than CM says to and it’s a little more intense. It also has a spelling portion that I don’t follow. I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t think of them at the moment. Also, I know there is so much more to learn. My friend is sending me a book that I have been looking at getting for a long time and I can’t wait to read it and share about it!
I love love love how much more relaxed her method/philosophy has made me at this moment. I’m a much different person these days, and I LOVE who I am.
Also, if I have missed something big, let me know! I’m still learning!