Secular Charlotte Mason

I really love the Charlotte Mason (CM) approach. I’ve had a hard time implementing it, but I dream of figuring out a way to make it work for us, and have done lots of research on secular CM….so I’ve gathered a lot of that info here to share with you.

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, since the vast majority of what you’ll find on the net is Christian based.

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:

Some of Melissa’s particularly relevant to CM entries:

 

Resource Sites:

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

World Religions:

  • 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
  • BuddhaNet
  • 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
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6 Replies to “Secular Charlotte Mason”

  1. This is a fantastic list! I love Charlotte Mason’s education philosophy and have used several aspects of it in homeschooling my own children.

    You might also like to check out this secular literature-based curriculum. http://buildyourlibrary.com/ It isn’t specifically Charlotte Mason, but uses many aspects, like copywork, dictation, narration, artist study, memorization, etc. The Grade 1 program also includes a full year of nature study as the science.

  2. Thank you so much for this post and all of the FABULOUS links! A real labor of love to put all this together — and a real breath of fresh air to find secular CM support! Thank you!

  3. (((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:
    History/Geography
    The Arts
    Literature
    Language Arts
    Math/Science/Nature
    Click on the links in the sidebar to the right, under “Secular Charlotte Mason,” to visit these pages.)))

    Hi! I came across your site in my search for information about teaching the cm method in a secular manner. I am just curious if I’m overlooking something .. I copy and pasted the paragraph that had me so excited to read further on, and it states to click under secular cm in the sidebar to the right to find out more information and visit these pages, but I don’t see anything like that to click. Am I overlooking it somehow?! Sorry, I just can’t seem to figure it out. lol

    Please let me know. Right now I’m planning to teach in a cm fashion for the most part. I think I throw in some supplementation for my older child, and do a lot of living books. I am new to homeschooling all together. This will be our first year for a sixth grader and a pre-k child. I also would love to know a decent place to find living books that are secular. I’m slightly overwhelmed with that as well..

    Thanks so much!

    Carre

    1. Thanks for the heads up Carre! I hadn’t realized that I had forgotten to finish reformatting these pages! 🙂 I have now added links to all the sections. Its not totally done yet, but it will give you the pages to be able to access until I can figure out how to better format it at least. 🙂

      Also, you may want to check out my homeschool blog at http://www.homeschoolrealm.com since I put a lot more info on homeschooling over there. 🙂

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