Some of the roads we travel as we educate our children are arduous, making us weary. Following the Charlotte Mason road is a gentle trip in the English countryside. Miss Mason built this road in 1885 and continued to work on it until her death in 1923. But the road didn't close; others who had experienced this lovely journey continued using and promoting Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education. During the past dozen years, home educators and classroom teachers in the United States have discovered
this enchanting country lane.
Nature studies, the arts, great literature, building noble characters, and knowing our Lord are some of the materials of its pavement. Miss Mason said, "To form in his child right habits of thinking and behaving is a parent's chief duty... To nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas... is the parent's next duty.... The child, having once ...received the idea, will assimilate it in his own way, and work it into the fabric of his life.... Nourish him with ideas which may bear fruit in his life."
Charlotte Mason wrote The Original Homeschooling Series, a six-volume set. But now there is a less time-consuming option. The Charlotte Mason Study Guide: A Simplified Approach to a "Living" Education is a condensation of Miss Mason’s works. It also contains current writings on how to apply this philosophy in today's home schools. This book is the perfect companion to the series or it can stand independently for those who do not own Miss Mason's books.
For now, this is a road less traveled. As the word spreads, it will become a more popular route--though no less pleasant. The Charlotte Mason Study Guide is the map to help you find your way as you travel this scenic byway to a great education.