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The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason

(Original Homeschooling #1-6)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Charlotte Mason was a late nineteenth-century British educator whose ideas were far ahead of her time. She believed that children are born persons worthy of respect, rather than blank slates, and that it was better to feed their growing minds with living literature and vital ideas and knowledge, rather than dry facts and knowledge filtered and pre-digested by the teacher. ...more
Hardcover, 812 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Wilder Publications (first published September 1989)
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Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Our s
Sarah Bringhurst Familia
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Terri Lynn
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... ...more
Julie Clark
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!”
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. ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
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...
Suzanne hanks
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Misty Lynne
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: past-reads
Charlotte mason lived around the turn of the century. Her love for and understanding of children is phenomenal.
Karen L.
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She helped me turn my kids into lovers of books, and to her I am grateful!
Susan Price
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series of books is confirming what I've always believed that education should be. ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read these even if you don't plan on homeschooling! ...more
Amy Gentry
The Home School approach I use.
Jan 23, 2009 marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
I barely scratched the surface on this book--needed more mental energy than I had at the time. Definitely want to get it again.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read parts of these books all the time. I love the writing! The vocabulary just grabs you!
Maria "Teng" A.L.
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!
Feb 05, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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.
This is a 6 volume set. Currently reading Volume 1 - Home Education.
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Charlotte Mason, a renowned British educator, lived during the turn of the 20th century. She turned the idea of education being something of utilitarian necessity into an approach based upon living ideas. She believed that education is "an atmosphere, a discipline, a life" and a "science of relations." Her methods are embraced around the world today, especially among the homeschool community. ...more

Other books in the series

Original Homeschooling (6 books)
  • Home Education (Original Homeschooling #1)
  • Parents and Children (Original Homeschooling #2)
  • School Education: Developing A Curriculum (Original Homeschooling #3)
  • Ourselves (Original Homeschooling #4)
  • Formation of Character (Original Homeschooling #5)
  • A Philosophy of Education

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