Recently I have fully embraced Charlotte Mason as my style of educating. I have always taught my kids like this, but now it’s official :).
If you haven’t heard of Charlotte Mason check out Simply Charlotte Mason. Here you will find more background information on her as an educator and information on what the Charlotte Mason method is. You will also find free resources and curriculum to use with your children if you find this to be a method that works for you.
I LOVE “living books” as my main source of educating my kids on history and science, as Charlotte Mason recommends. This year we have been engrossed in US History as we go through American Girl books. We started with Kaya (1764) and learned about Native Americans in the West. We then read Felicity (1774) and learned about the American Revolution. We read Josefina (1824) and learned so much about Mexican Americans and the Mexican-American War. Now we are reading Caroline and learning about the War of 1812.
I love the flexibility of teaching each of my children in their own learning style and allowing them time to explore their interests. One of my children in particular thrives BECAUSE of this.
As I educate my children I don’t necessarily want them to go wide, covering many subjects, as much as I want them to go deep. I want each of them to discover their passions and interests and when they do, give them time throughout their day to research and read about it.
My 11 year old son loves animals and nature. His desire is to explore the AMAZON and discover exotic animals. He spend hours reading books and watching documentaries. Recently he has been learning about Kangaroos and beavers. When we went to the Zoo today he asked so many questions and enjoyed observing the Kangaroos.
He is amazed at how smart beavers are. This evening, after dinner, he invited his brothers to the backyard to help him build a dam, like beavers do. He said this will be one of his Summer projects.
This “project” involves mud! Not something I am excited about. I remember, though, how much Charlotte Mason encouraged giving children ample time outside daily. So much learning is happening outside, right now as I type this, in the mud! :) I think dealing with it is an awesome trade-off!
If you want to learn more about Charlotte Mason homeschool method and find suggestions on “living books” make sure to visit Simply Charlott Mason!
Great resource for ANY homeschool!