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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
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Highly, highly, highly recommend this book! In fact, whenever a friend approaches me to discuss pulling her kids out of school and beginning homeschooling, this is the book I give to them. Why? "A Charlotte Mason Companion" really is all about slowing down, enjoying life and learning alongside your children. Is the Charlotte Mason approach a good fit for every homeschooling family? No, just like anything else, a homeschooling style is a personal decision for each family to make. Still, this is o ...more
Alyssa Larson
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
My issues were more with the styling and language than the information presented in this book. It was difficult for me to get past the language, which seemed to me to be archaic but not in a sincere or natural way, if that makes sense. That coupled with all the black and white vintage illustrations of children in Victorian garb made the whole thing a bit too precious and backward-looking, perhaps idealizing a time when, yes, a lot of great literature was written, but also when many social atroci ...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
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 information. She also included lots of things that she did in her own family, and anecdotes from their lives together.

It took me forever to read, though. In all fairness, it's a weighty book. With lots of sections. On lots of topics. I've attempted to read it on several different occasions intermittently over the course of at
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.
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
Camille Hoffmann
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 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
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
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
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I see myself returning to this book over and over again for homeschool help, inspiration and motivation.

My only complaint is all the attention to God. It's about 10-20% of the book. I'm an atheist, so I skipped them or just read it and moved on. I believe education should be entirely separate from education, no matter what ideology you follow, so there went 1 star from my rating.

If you can get over the "God" or religious aspect of the book then I believe any Homeschooler could get a lot out of
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
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
This book is worth sifting through the sometimes archaic writing style and over looking the illustrations of children in Victorian times (especially if they are not your style.) As a whole, the book contains great explanation of the education philosophy that is "Charlotte Mason Style". There are also many practical tips, definitions and ideas for homeschooling.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Boooy howdy this was a long read. It had lots and lots of good information but many, many tangents. I felt like we were chasing squirrels with unnecessary stories. I would have preferred the meat of the method to be more concise. Still, I highlighted a lot of good info and I'll probably use this as a resource.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
I found this book to be very inspiring, but, as some other reviewers have said, the language and ideas can sometimes be deliberately old-fashioned. Overall though, it's a good introduction to Charlotte Mason.
Tamara Torres
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I recently started homeschooling my 11 yr. old son. I made the mistake of trying to recreate "school" at home. This book has helped me to rethink my homeschooling approach.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A refreshing take on homeschooling that is very much appreciated during the end of the school year, when you need encouragement the most.
Jenny Yahn
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one to go through every year when teaching in the Charlotte Mason philosophy. I loved this book and gleaned little tidbits throughout.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
I've read several books about how to educate with Charlotte Mason's methods, but this one was my favorite. This book made things click and prepared me to carry out the concepts covered.
Journey FAITH
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read for homeschoolers, I suggest this before the orignial Charlotte Mason series.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschooling
Super helpful introduction to Charlotte Mason methods, practical and visionary. Lots of great resource recommendations. Worth coming back to!
Selina Mykal
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mothers, and soon to be mothers.
A fantastic summarization of her philosophy and in a sense "translation" of Charlotte's methods into practical examples .
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: homeschool-edu
I really only browsed through this - didn't even skim it - if that can be said to be a difference. I have heard of the CM method of homeschooling and wanted to know what it was. Apparently she was a woman at the turn if the century who wrote an entire series of books on homeschooling/how children should be raised, etc. I don't think I want to read that series. This book was a rehash somewhat of CM book (I guess) and a lot of "reflections" on it. It didn't really strike me as a book that had a gr ...more
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