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The Original Homeschooling Series (Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling #1-6)

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This is the complete works of the turn-of-the-century British educator, Charlotte Mason. The six-volume set includes over 2,400 pages of the finest material ever written on education, child training and parenting. Recognized as the pioneer in home education and major school reforms, Charlotte Mason's practical methods are as revolutionary today as when they were first writ ...more
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Published July 1st 1993 by Charlotte Mason Research & Supply (first published September 1989)
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Poiema
Jul 28, 2014 Poiema rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-books
I read this entire, meaty series over a dozen years ago when I was preparing to homeschool my first child. I have never regretted spending the time to do so. I consider it perhaps the best investment of time that I could have made because it challenged me to form a philosophy of education for my own family. Having educated 4 children the CM way for 11 years, I can say that it is part of the fiber of my being. Most appreciated points:

*emphasis on reading whole books
*the value of habit training
*lo
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Maren
Apr 02, 2008 Maren rated it liked it
I read this book online. I didn't feel it was as much a book about homeschooling as it was a philosophy of education and how to treat children. I like knowing Ms. Mason's opinion. While I was reading I felt like my grandma was advising me. Many of the ideas resonated with me. She advises letting children form their own conclusions from their own observations. I like how she advocates daily nature time. She believes children should spend the majority of the time outdoors, even taking meals outdoo ...more
Deanna
Aug 15, 2010 Deanna rated it it was amazing
This series is tied for first in the outstanding impact it has had on me in home educating my children. I can't say enough about how great it is.

This series delves into teaching our children all the great things they need to know (narration, nature study, composition, artist study, etc), but more importantly it address the other things that make up a successful human being. The training of character, proper habits, exercise, religious worship and duty are the main crux of her whole message.

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Sarah Bringhurst
Nov 03, 2011 Sarah Bringhurst rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, education
This series of six densely-packed books contains the developed educational philosophy of my dearest homeschooling mentor, Charlotte Mason. Writing at a time when the educational system had not yet abandoned the systematic study of classical languages and history, Mason retains these and other elements of the classical education that had been standard in Britain for hundreds of years. She adds to it her own inspired understanding of how children learn, and how we can best facilitate that learning ...more
Carissamh
Sep 06, 2012 Carissamh rated it it was amazing
I remember my mother having these books on her nightstand nearly all the time. When I happened to recognize Charlotte Mason's name due to this reason just a few months ago, I purchased the series via kindle and read it in a month. While I don't agree with everything laid out, I do agree on the basis of the thoughts and was taken in by the majority of what was suggested.

In her book, Mason rips apart the thoughts and philosophies commonly accepted in the educational system. Children are smarter th
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Terri Lynn
Jul 10, 2011 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
I love this series. I read it many years ago when I was just starting out as a homeschool mom and also when I began teaching homeschoolers, tutoring students, and offering seminars for homeschooling parents. The books are old-fashioned and full of warmth and wisdom. I found narration to be excellent with kids. My own approach to education is to properly learn to read using systematic intensive phonics which hands a child the keys to goo reading skills followed by explorations of books, lots of d ...more
Meredith Henning
Always pull these out about this time, food for thought never ceases each time I read these, and more especially Vol's 1, 3 and 6, my favorites!Anyone having their children read "Ourselves" or reading it aloud to them?? Do tell...
Helena
These books are probably chock-full of great information. I'm interested enough in the Charlotte Mason methods of homeschooling that I decided I should read the source material. But y'all, for some reason I just could not get through it. I may try again when I'm not also trying to finalize curriculum choices and plan out the upcoming school year--maybe I just had too much homeschooling stuff going on in my brain to be able to think about the philosophy behind it.
Erendira
Jun 01, 2014 Erendira marked it as to-read
As recommended by Pudewa, The Four Language Arts, CHEA 2014.
Julie Clark
Jan 06, 2010 Julie Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
I was thrilled when I found these books at Mccay’s the other day. I’ve been poring over them for the last few weeks and have been consistently amazed at some of the parallels between the time she wrote the books and today. (The books were written in the late 1800’s, Early 1900’s.) She has a Christian worldview and has the most beautiful way of encouraging those who desire to do things in a more excellent way. And of course my favorite thing that Charlotte says is, “No Twaddle!”
Lindsey
Apr 17, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Still on Volume 1 and reading the modern language version. So far I find it very well-written with advice and tidbits of wisdom that would be helpful for any mom (homeschooling or not)! I am planning on homeschooling using her methods (and Ambleside Online recommended booklists) and know these books are going to be a great help and encouragement. :)
Katia
Oct 01, 2012 Katia added it
Charlotte Mason, my hero.
She was this crazy woman who came around with this amazing vision about kids and the way they could be learned. I'm still in trance after reading the books several years ago...
Kellie
Apr 27, 2011 Kellie added it
I finished volume 1 and decided that I needed to read it again. I am almost done with volume 2 and then will go on to volume 3. There is a lot of good practical advice for mothers of young children.
Suzanne hanks
May 22, 2008 Suzanne hanks rated it it was amazing
This is what being a parent is all about. If you want to feel love oozing out of yourself...this series will inspire you for weeks on end! Then have you coming back for more.
Maria "Teng" A.L.
Oct 11, 2007 Maria "Teng" A.L. rated it really liked it
Slow read because of the somewhat Old English style of writing. Still hurdling volume one after starting for over a year now. But is it a gem!
Nicole
May 01, 2013 Nicole marked it as to-read
Shelving this one for a while. It's 6 books in one, and there is a LOT in here. I'll be coming back to it this summer, I am sure.
Rachel
Mar 19, 2009 Rachel marked it as not-finished
I barely scratched the surface on this book--needed more mental energy than I had at the time. Definitely want to get it again.
Misty Lynne
Jun 24, 2008 Misty Lynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: past-reads
Charlotte mason lived around the turn of the century. Her love for and understanding of children is phenomenal.
Fruitfulmomma
I don't have a clue why this have the "Left Behind" cover on it. I don't read those books!
Phyllis
Jun 12, 2012 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
I read parts of these books all the time. I love the writing! The vocabulary just grabs you!
Susan Price
Sep 03, 2012 Susan Price rated it it was amazing
This series of books is confirming what I've always believed that education should be.
Karen L.
Feb 04, 2008 Karen L. rated it really liked it
She helped me turn my kids into lovers of books, and to her I am grateful!
Contemplative
Jul 25, 2013 Contemplative marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-be-continued
This is a 6 volume set. Currently reading Volume 1 - Home Education.
Chanelle
Oct 05, 2008 Chanelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, education
Read these even if you don't plan on homeschooling!
Amy Gentry
Aug 14, 2007 Amy Gentry rated it it was ok
The Home School approach I use.
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  • Charlotte Mason Companion
  • For the Children's Sake
  • Educating the Wholehearted Child
  • More Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual
  • The Three R's
  • When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today
  • Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style
  • The Handbook of Nature Study
  • A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion
  • Learning All The Time
  • Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life
  • Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense
  • Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education
  • The Way They Learn
  • The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
  • 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Educational Philosophy for Your Child's Learning Style
  • Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

Other Books in the Series

Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling (6 books)
  • Home Education
  • Parents and Children
  • School Education: Developing A Curriculum (Homeschooler Series)
  • Ourselves (The Homeschoolers Series)
  • Formation of Character
  • A Philosophy of Education

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“Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education.” 43 likes
“Who can take the measure of a child? The Genie of the Arabian tale is nothing to him. He, too, may be let out of his bottle and fill the world. But woe to us if we keep him corked up.” 2 likes
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