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Contents: Charlotte Mason Study Guide (full version)


Preface: Traveling the Scenic Byway

Study Topic #1:
Charlotte Mason, a Woman of Wisdom
A Short Synopsis by Charlotte Mason 
Straight from the Horse's Mouth 
Twenty Questions
Family-Friendly Approach to Education

Study Topic #2: The Child 
Rights of Children

Study Topic #3: Child-Rearing and Discipline

Study Topic #4: Habits and Character

Study Topic #5: Motto of Education 
Charlotte Mason's Reforms

Study Topic #6: Ideas, the Sustenance of Life 
Awakening the Soul through the Charlotte Mason Approach 
What Books Would Charlotte Mason Choose?

Study Topic #7:
Education is the Science of Relations
Education: The Science of Relations

Study Topic #8: The Habit of Attention

Study Topic #9: Narration, the Act of Knowing
The Power of Narration 
The Beauty of Narration 
Narration in Summer Education 
Narration with Older Students

Study Topic #10: The Way of the Will

Study Topic #11: The Way of the Reason

Study Topic #12: Goals of Education
Third Time's a Charm (book review of For the Children's Sake)

Study Topic #13:
The Religious Side of Education

Study Topic #14:
Charlotte Mason on the Three R's 
The Magical Age and Other Myths 
Candy Jar Copy Work 
Italics, Beautiful Handwriting 
Quotes for Copywork from Ourselves 
The Royal Road to Spelling 
The Telling Road to Writing 
What about Grammar? 
Math, One Family's Journey Down the Charlotte Mason Road

Study Topic #15:
Geography, History, and Science 
Living Books for Living Children
Sofa Science 
Expand Sofa Science with Context Studies 
Science Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Study Topic #16: The Arts 
Art Appreciation Notebook
Reciting: An Old-Fashioned Art 
A Bit of Culture

Study Topic #17: Masterly Inactivity

Study Topic #18: Outdoor Education 
Charlotte Mason's Therapy for Moms

Study Topic #19: Nature Study 
Introduction to Wild Days: Creating Discovery Journals 
Observing the Wonderful World Around Us 
Nature Notebooks

Study Topic #20:
Method and Philosophy of Education
Charlotte Mason's Philosophy of Education 
Enriching Classroom Education 
Sold on Charlotte Mason or Ten Years Later: Words of Advice

Appendix A: Sample Narrations

Appendix B: Bibliography

Appendix C: Some Living Books

Appendix D: Some Book Reviews

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“Charlotte Mason's many pages of original writings my overwhelm some busy parents. But Penny presents to us little bites to chew, coated with the sugar of her personal fondness for Charlotte's ideas. She has arranged paragraphs of Charlotte's own words into study topics. This makes it a helpful companion to The Original Homeschooling Series and a delightful introduction to the educational philosophy of my heroine. Thanks, Penny, for providing home educators a taste of something so good for them.” --Karen Andreola, author of A Charlotte Mason Companion

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“This is one of the most useful books I have. I refer to my copy often. I have used it as a study guide myself three times, working through the "Original Home Schooling Series" by Charlotte Mason. I have used the book in two ways - as a concentrated study on separate concepts, such as how to teach Spelling; and as a reference to help me locate longer sections or particular quotations on those topics. Miss Mason's books refer to various concepts over and over, in application to various ages, forms, or materials. Finding specific quotes is often tedious. These collected quotations, with proper citations, provide me with quick reference to longer passages. Penny's understanding of CM thought is detailed and accurate. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and Penny herself, to anyone homeschooling or simply wanting to enrich their own lives in a CM manner.”
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--Catherine Levison, author of A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education

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"This is pure Charlotte Mason--in small servings. Want quick inspiration? Read a couple quotes! Penny has gleaned the best of Miss Mason in this slim but powerful volume. I liken Miss Mason's own words to the pure King James Version of the Bible; her words are special! Penny adds a sprinkling of her own suggestions making this a good value, especially if you don't want to attack the Original Series by Charlotte."
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