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Charlotte Mason Companion

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This is a thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason from the original Charlotte Mason authority, speaker, and columnist, Karen Andreola. With warmth and humor, Karen provides a wealth of insight, practical advice, and narratives, illustrating how educating "the Charlotte Mason way" actually works. In thi ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published May 3rd 1999 by Charlotte Mason Research & Supply (first published January 1st 1998)
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is not for the faint of heart or head, or at least the methods discussed in here aren't.

Charlotte Mason, as a christian and lover of children, held strongly to the belief that children are given more intellect than we credit them with. Her original series (Home Education) are full of her thoughts and philosophies that education is something more than to do lists to cram into children's brains during their years of development. She believed that we are called to equip children with the
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm about half way through this book. I've liked several ideas it contains. But there are several comments I see as either old-fashioned, or unreasonable. The book in many respects is Victorian. (I do like most victorian things) The Victorian illustrations throughout are charming.

Something I've liked so far:
Every child everyday needs:

1. Something to love
2. Something to do
3. Something to think about.

I like how Mason stresses the thought that we, along with our children need to feast on IDEAS. C
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up because I was interested in learning about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, which I didn't know anything about. It did a good job capturing my interest in the method, although I doubt I'll ever follow it exactly--I'll probably just use a few pieces here and there. Karen Andreola is certainly passionate about "Charlotte" and every word she ever said. I was so interested in the subject that I was actually riveted by this book.

That s
Seems like I just can't get this one finished in one stretch; here I am again to attempt to finish what I started last year. Uffda. :-D

I'm starting this book again, this time with a highlighter, and a more sunny outlook. I look forward to going through it and doing it justice this time around. :-)

This book had good ideas for implementing Charlotte Mason's method in one's home and homeschool. I gained some new perspective while reading this, and have appreciated the informatio
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
My feelings toward the book are biased by the fact that I am a secular homeschool mom. Religion is very important to Mrs. Andreola and Charlotte Mason, although I believe it’s possible to have a beautiful education without religion being the focal point. I love 90% of Miss Mason’s ideas: living books, narration, nature study, short lessons.

I found the chapter of Mrs. White and Mrs. Brown to be most helpful, although the chapter on fall crafts was very interesting. For the most part though, I cou
Enola Stevenson
I'm not sure that I'll ever be truly done with this amazingly inspiring companion. As long as I'm home educating I believe I will keep dipping into it for encouragement and wisdom. ...more
Kayla Dorminy
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
An easier to read approach to Charlotte Mason. It helped me define some terms and gain some tips and inspiration. This will be a helpful resource to pull from in areas I need inspiration during the planning process.
Leilani Curtis
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helpful and practical! Will reference back to this many times, I'm sure! ...more
Kelly Sapp
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Encouraging, doable homeschooling model for moms--gentle--like Isaiah that says, "He gently leads those who are with young."

Charlotte Mason was a revolutionary in England in the education of children, with incredible and astonishing success. While she taught in a school setting, this book equips homeschool moms how to use her model in the home school.

Was extremely helpful to me, allowing me the luxury of true quality time with my kids, the "gentle art of learning," nature walks, letting a child
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
I had such a hard time getting through this book. It was slow and all touchy-feely and was way too much work to figure out what I wanted to know. Which was- what did Charlotte think about this or that or how did she suggest teaching __________?

I like the Catherine Levison books SO much better. They're easier to read and give the basic information quickly (read organized) - no need to flip here, then there, then somewhere else.

This book might work for someone who really wanted to feel warm and fu
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very meaty book that delves deep into nearly all aspects of a Charlotte Mason education. I have started this book four separate times before finally being able to read it through, largely because there is so much information to absorb.

"Charlotte's teaching approach aims at reaching the heart of the child, quickening his curiosity, vitalizing his mind and imagination, satisfying his need for play and physical activity, and providing him with opportunities for character development and good dee
Teri Hannan
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The first half of this book is great. When she discusses the Charlotte Mason ideas, I really enjoyed it and learned quite a bit. The second half of the book where she discusses how she applies the principles is much more tedious. I felt like I was sifting through buckets of sand to find a pearl or two of good information. All of that being said, I will use what I learned and appreciated the pearls I gained. I would still read the book if I had it to do over again—I would just allow myself to ski ...more
Janine Jensen
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An invaluable resource for homeschool parents!
Camille Hoffmann
My brand new copy of this book is now full of highlights, underlines, and notes :). I have fallen in love with Charlotte Mason and her principles. I LOVE that she sees children as people who are capable of so much more than we often give them credit for. I love her emphasis on literature- good, "living" books, appreciation of nature, culture and our Savior, and her whole approach to "the gentle art of learning". As a homeschooling mama, Charlotte Mason's teaching philosophy is exactly what I was ...more
Leah Beecher
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
So, I decided to write a review on this one, seeing as it is more of a reference book at this point, as I home school. Just this past week I cracked it open to help me assist in my teaching of Ancient Greek history. This is a great book that helps you formalize in your mind the nuts and bolts of how and what you want to teach as you homeschool, without giving a ridged method, per say. In other words, don't try looking for lesson outlines or an ABC guideline of what to teach your kids. The title ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. It is a great handbook for raising a loving healthy family and also a great homeschool resource. There were so many things from this book that I want to remember, and I'm sure it is one of those books that will never be far from reach.
She states that "When home is ruled according to God's word, angels might be asked to stay with us, and they would not find themselves out of their element." WOW!!
Charlotte urges us to "Give children a regular feeding of ideas thro
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
This is a Gem! This is going on my physical bookshelf so that in my moments of wavering vision or stuck in education rut phases, I can return to it for all the warm encouragment and sage advice this books delivers. Karen has a wonderful way of compiling the diamonds that Charlotte Mason left behind. When reading, its hard to decide whether you need to sit and stew over the depth that you're consuming or run straight away and impliment every beautiful nugget. If you're on the threshhold in educat ...more
Sara Hollar
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I already identify as a Charlotte Mason educator, so I was encouraged and inspired by the words in this book to continue on the path I have already chosen. That being said, this book could really use a solid editor. There are so many unnecessary thoughts and tangents. This book is also not super practical. There are some great overarching ideas, but if you're looking for guidance on how to teach history in a CM way, this will not help you. I'm glad I read it, but not sure I'll pick it up again o ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
The author's tone grated on me through this entire book. Plus, the author unjustly presents Charlotte Mason's methods through a very tight & conservative Christian viewpoint. The author is not transparent enough to differentiate between HER personal views and the recommendations of Charlotte Mason herself. ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Definitely among my very, very favorite books on the topic of home learning....I don't think I'll ever tire of reading this book...
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
In recent months, I have been increasingly interested in Charlotte Mason's method of education. This book digs into the ins and outs of what the principles of Charlotte Mason, a Christian educator and school reformer at the turn of the twentieth century, looks like in today's world. Charlotte Mason wrote a series of books on her curriculum principles and overall philosophies, but they seem very hard to read to me because of the older and sophisticated language, so I was curious about this book w ...more
Darcy Schock
Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book review: Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

Topic: Contemporary practice of Charlotte Mason methods of teaching

Who it may interest: Homeschool moms who are interested in learning more on applying Charlotte Mason’s philosophy to their homeschool.

Helpfulness: There is a TON of information in this book. It gave me a lot of ideas and thoughts to ponder. It was a bit like drinking from a firehose though. So much of it I don’t think I digested completely. So I would for sure say it’s hel
Alicia Lattin
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschool-helps
I stumbled upon this book during a desperate trip to Barnes and Noble and I have to say, it revolutionized our homeschool experience. Karen Andreola presents a condensed version of Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series, making access to Ms. Mason's philosophy a breeze for a busy, stressed out homeschooling parent. Her ideas are simple to implement and, once established, make for stress free, enjoyable days. Andreola explains step by step how to implement Ms. Mason's ideas into everyday ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: relaxing-reads
This is the first book about or by Charlotte Mason where I found myself fully convinced that this is how I want my children educated. It provides a "highlights" approach so that you don't have to dig through homeschooling blogs or Mason's Original Homeschooling Series to figure out what in the world a "Charlotte Mason education" consists of. For instance, there are chapters on narration, nature study, picture study, living books, the habit of attention--really all the elements that CM educators ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I had never heard of Charlotte Mason but this book was recommended to me by our intern's wife and so I decided to give it a try. Since then I have come across several people who have either read this book or used Charlotte Mason's approach in homeschooling their children. Charlotte Mason's approach is simple and seems to be effective. She believes in reading living books, children narrating the books in their own words (a more effective way of attaining knowledge than memorizing facts for a mult ...more
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I did not expect so many personal memoir type recollections, however concise they were, and it threw me off for much of the book. Different than sharing experiences, I felt frustrated often that I was reading very individualistic experiences rather than a summation of a section, theme or approach by Charlotte Mason.

After finishing, I understand why it was written the way it was, with the bits of memoir attached through every chapter. It is very on brand with the approach that one’s experience a
Aug 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschooling
I first read the author's book, "Mother Culture" and absolutely fell in love with that and this second book I of hers does not disappoint! Sitting down to read this each day felt like sitting with a kindred spirit, enjoying coffee or tea together, as we celebrate, encourage, and relate to the abundant blessing of joy this life offers. Homeschool is not the popular choice in society currently and in fact I was not planning on it when I thought of having children. But it was not too long after tha ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I really enjoyed this. It is gentle paced, but thorough and interesting and quirky. I think Karen Andreola is brilliant at painting a picture of what things look like or might look like in real life. The sub title is really accurate, the book is personal reflections on the gentle art of learning. It isn't a book to hurry through, it is meant to be savoured and considered and thought about. I really love the illustrations and little quotes and poems. I love the cover too, it invites me to pick th ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
There is a lot I like about CM style, and a lot that as a pagan (for lack of a better word) I obviously steer clear of. I find it easy to sub overtly Christian values and morality with our own.

With that disclaimer, this book was about twice as long as it needed to be. Some chapters felt like repeats of previous chapters. It felt like a million chapters on narration but nothing new came out of them, not really.

The author is very prudish and into traditional gender roles. So any “modern” woman w
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mom
Fabulous! I have loved reading this book. Especially after reading Charlotte Masons original book (which was difficult for me) and going to the CMI West conference. This book was a relaxing read with tons of nuggets I put in my common place book, morning time book, school notes, and book club book. The flow of the book is perfect as if your sitting down with Karen Andreola and having a conversation with her. I am so thankful for having a book like this to read and guide me through our home educa ...more
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Karen Andreola is the author of Mother Culture®: For a Happy Homeschool; A Charlotte Mason Companion; Pocketful of Pinecones; Lessons at Blackberry Inn; and Story Starters. She home educated her 3 children K-12.

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