I’m currently homeschooling my children, roughly, using the Charlotte Mason (CM) approach. We use a secular approach to it (vs the Christian approach which is most often attributed to CM) and tweak it wherever necessary for our purposes.
There’s all kinds of great info on the net about Charlotte Mason Education, just Google her name and you’ll find more info than you’ll ever read.
I thought I’d share some information and booklists here, for those that might be attempting to use this approach secularly as well.
Below are CM resources that I’ve compiled, from sources such as the
Secular Charlotte Mason Group at Yahoo. I’ve tried to keep this info secular, but I’ve found that even some of the religious CM info can also be useful to secular CM’rs like myself. So I choose to not, as they say, “throw the baby out with the bath water.” I will try to mark non-secular resources as possible…just realize that as of the writing of this, pretty much every CM resource out there is religious based, except for these pages and the SecularCM yahoogroup.
You can find the info in these pages divided by main topics:
Charlotte Mason Books (about and by):
- Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series (6 volume set), by Charlotte Mason…available free online…along with a Modern English translation
- A Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison and
- More Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison–by far the most popular and easy to read of all the books about CM education. (not secular, but tolerably religious)
- A Charlotte Mason Companion, by Karen Andreola–NOT secular, have to filter religious content
Charlotte Mason Info Sites & Articles:
- A Full Life: The Works of Charlotte Mason–a blog that goes through the original homeschool series by CM
- Penny Gardner–Charlotte Mason approach to home education (not secular)
- Ambleside Online–CM info site with free curriculum and booklists (NOT secular, VERY Christian! But still a lot of great info!)
- Simply Charlotte Mason–lots of great CM info and resources…not secular
- A Charlotte Mason Education, A Basic Tutorial
- Mater Amabalis (“mother most amiable”), a free online Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculum for the 21st century–not secular, but still has useable info
- 4 Real Learning (another Catholic CM site) & “Real Learning” blog, both by Elizabeth Foss
- Catherine Levison’s website (author of “A Charlotte Mason Education” and “More Charlotte Mason Education)
- Here in the Bonny Glen–blog about home education and fun learning resources–by children’s author (a series of books about Laura Ingalls’ mother and grandmothers) and Charlotte Mason hs’ing mother Melissa Wiley…this is a Catholic author, but very low-key.
Some of Melissa’s particularly relevant to CM entries:
- Rainbow Resource Center–online book store
- Tanglewood Education (an incomplete online curriculum which is a combo of Classical & CM)
- Classical Home Education (not specifically CM, but classical, but very good resources that work with CM)
- Queen Homeschool–CM supplier, not secular, but there are still good books to be found
- Books-a-Million–online book store
- BookCloseOuts.com–online book store
- Chinaberry–online book store/catalog
- Dover Publications–historical coloring books, educational books, etc…
- The 4 Real Learning Booklist–not secular, but easily secularized.
- Real Learning Nature Booklist–not secular
- Living Learning Books–not secular, but easy to omit the religious aspects, should you so choose
- Dawn Publications–book seller, secular, “Sharing Nature With Children Books”
- The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project
- Abebooks–”new and used books, textbooks, rare and out-of-print books”
- Nothing New Press–”curriculum honoring the ancient paths”–Guerber books come with recommended reading lists to go with the chapters of the books
- Beautiful Feet Books
- Horn Recommended Books List
Other Resource Books:
- Books to Build On: A Grade-by-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers (Core Knowledge Series), by E. D. Hirsch Jr.
- The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology, by Rebecca Rupp
- The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions, by Huston Smith
- The Story of Religion, by Betsey Maestro
- The Usborne Book of World Religions
- Sacred Myths: Stories of World Religions, by Marilyn McFarlane
- A faith like mine: A Celebration of the world’s religions through the eyes of children” by Laura Buller
- Taoism and the Tao de Ching
- The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves by Linda Kavelin Popov–quotes different religious views
- Religion Facts
- Religious Tolerance
- books by author Demi
- DK Children’s Illustrated Bible, retold by Selina Hastings, with illustrations by Eric Thomas (ISBN #0-7566-0261-0)–Hastings has a degree in English Lit and Language from Oxford, which means that the stories are treated as stories. And the book’s religious consultants include a couple of reverends, a nun, a rabbi, among others; with one historical consultant each for the Old and New Testaments.
- Skeptics Annotated Bible