Charlotte Mason summed up her underpinning principles of education in a few succinct points. This episode is the first in a series that will take a related group of principles and unfold them one by one. Find a friend or share with your study group to discuss the questions after listening to the content and thinking through the accompanying questions.
Charlotte Mason's method of education creeps into our entire lives as educators--not just school time. This podcast is entering its sixth season and we celebrate this landmark number and beginning of season by reviewing and reflecting on a number of topics. We take a brief look back on our time together so far, changes the COVID circumstance has made on our own lives, share some news, some plans for the future personally and on the podcast, announce coming opportunities and ideas for our listeners, and wind up with tips for surviving the constant juggling of home, work, and schooling at home.
This immersion lesson demonstrates how to combine children of different ages and levels of learning during a single math lesson with Charlotte Mason's method of teaching. Emily Al-Khatib and her three sons give a dynamic picture of how a sunshiny atmosphere, order and discipline, and living ideas make math a productive and enjoyable lesson together.
Charlotte Mason is to be thanked for introducing young children to the beauty of art in school lessons. This episode of Charlotte Mason in our homes is an interview with Matthew Milliner, art history professor at Wheaton, College, whose children are being taught at home with Miss Mason's method and who is learning to apply her pedagogy in his college classroom.
Charlotte Mason's vision for children spread throughout the world. A special celebration called "The Children's Gathering" occurred a few times, a holy holiday for experiencing learning together, including with parents and teachers. This episode explores highlights of the camaraderie experienced there as they worshiped, studied, played, danced, paraded, displayed and explored the treasures of the surrounding countryside in a lovely kaleidoscopic, nostalgic, and inspirational picture.
Charlotte Mason's method of education impacts our lives on many levels. This episode of short topics includes ideas for collections from our physical world, ideas for getting more out of books beyond the usual narration that expands our intellectual world, and some of the many, many benefits we who use her method have in common with others that we would not have shared before to widen our social world.
The feast Charlotte Mason spread for the children included generous portions of history, geography, and modern language, but in the upper forms the news of the day was another important aspect for study. How do we navigate the current events in our turbulent, partisan, and often shocking times? Liz, Emily, and Nicole discuss the purpose of current events in the program, as well as sources of news and applications of world events in the education of our children.
Charlotte Mason did not limit persons and knew the scope of a child's education was limitless in its potential for each individual. This episode of Charlotte Mason in Our Homes interviews Caroline Chermely whose son was born at 25 weeks causing multiple deficiencies and life-long limitations. Two terms of a Charlotte Mason approach has resulted in undeniable growth and possibilities now. Whether you personally must cope with a child having "special needs," or not, this mom shares ideas with immense lessons and ramifications for every child applicable in every home.
Did Charlotte Mason have a rhyme or reason to her broad and varied feast or, was it just a collection of unrelated topics? Far from a mishmash, the more the whole feast is pursued, in all its varied subjects, the more it all fits as a whole. Emily, Liz, and Nicole have an animated conversation exploring just how connected this wide feast really is.
Not only did Charlotte Mason include abundant novel reading in her curriculum feast and reference novels and characters from them continuously throughout her own writing, but she believed they were valuable for everyone--not just students. This week's episode is a book discussion of Middlemarch by George Eliot, a novel she references and an author she admired. Whether you have read this novel or not, join in to hear not just what we thought of it, but how it reveals much about our Charlotte Mason education.
Today's episode is a talk given by Liz at several conferences and events. She discusses the role parents play in the lives of their children--a topic much discussed by Charlotte Mason. We hope you enjoy this talk and are challenged and encouraged by the wisdom Miss Mason has to offer us parents.
Charlotte Mason included the study of great works of art in her regular school curriculum. This episode explores the many options for making picture study and picture talk more robust, richer, and engaging for your children with examples and ideas straight from the P.N.E.U.--ideas beyond just "look and tell."
Charlotte Mason insisted the teacher not take a "front and center" role, warned against the "talky-talky" teacher, etc. This episode addresses when it is appropriate for the teacher to explain, question, and even present the "oral lesson."
This Charlotte Mason episode is a brief look into some important, but less talked of subjects. Nicole briefly discusses the natural history lists, what kind, why, and how they are kept; Emily shares about the scope of this curriculum--is it broad or deep; and Liz discusses the importance of the preschool years and what we must guard for the younger children.
This episode is an interview with Jessica in southeast Asia as part of our Charlotte Mason in Our Homes series. Living and teaching with this method in another culture presents special challenges, but also provides exceptional benefits and blessings. The setting is different, but this mother's joys and hardships are common to us all.
This Charlotte Mason podcast is an immensely realistic and practical guide for the teacher. Liz, Emily, and Nicole share what Charlotte Mason's principles for lesson preparation and planning are, then discuss how to make it happen. What should we as teachers be spending our time on behind the scenes, before the lessons? What is actually required of us to make lessons successful and what is not? These and other daily tasks for smoothing the school days are unpacked in this conversation.
The range of subjects related to a Charlotte Mason education is immense. Nicole, Emily, and Liz each focus on one topic or aspect of her education in this episode: museums, examination rubrics, and what is meant by a "thinking curriculum." Enjoy three summaries of these widely varied topics.
This episode discusses what Charlotte Mason advised for the early years, before formal school lessons, in the areas of reading and writing. Emily, Liz, and Nicole share from her writings, the Parents' Review, and their own life experience about when the appropriate time is to begin these skills, how not to push, but how to encourage a young child to prepare them and make the most of their natural interest.
This installment of "Charlotte Mason in Our Home" is an interview with Ryan Morgan, mother of five, wife of a frequently deployed husband, who has educated with Charlotte Mason's method through thick and thin and has not found her method wanting. Ryan's story is inspirational and praiseworthy. Whether you are just beginning, or a veteran, listen and be encouraged that this education is truly life-giving.
Charlotte Mason understood a fundamental skill persons have in learning: visualization. Emily, Liz, and Nicole focus this week's discussion on how Ms. Mason utilized this ability in children to maximize learning across the curriculum.
Ms. Mason believed everyone could and should learn to sing. She employed the technique of the Sol Fa method to aid in this study. This week's immersion lesson is a demonstration of the process with examples of two lessons in two different forms.
Have you ever wondered how Picture Study may change in the older Forms? Perhaps your Picture Studies have fallen into a rut and you'd like to bring more variety into these lessons. Join Emily and Nicole in today's episode as they demonstrate one possible variation for this distinctly Charlotte Mason lesson.
This week's immersion lesson is recitation. Nicole does real life lessons with her daughters, two of them in fact. Learn about the breathing lessons used in upper forms and how a child is encouraged to read poetry beautifully by listening as you listen in to their lessons.
This week's immersion lesson demonstrates a Plutarch lesson. Nicole and her two daughters, forms III and IV, share their classroom experience with us, which reveals why Miss Mason considered this to be such an instructive lesson for young people and why they enjoy it so much
This week's immersion lesson demonstrates the use of "map questions," in the geography lesson. We know that maps are important, but in what way were maps utilized in the lesson? What sorts of questions were presented to the student in the regular map questions lesson and what about that puzzling "10-minute map exercise" lesson.