Charlotte Mason Posts

I have done so many posts on Charlotte Mason and her writings that I thought it would be worth-while to have a place where one can find them when one needs them. This list is as much for me as for anyone else. I often find myself saying, “Hmm . . . I know I wrote on this before. Where was that? And what did I say?” Now I too can find the answers more quickly.

Below you will see all my CM-related posts listed by topic. Where my remarks were tied to a particular volume, I tried to indicate that. The page numbers refer to the editions I had; I don’t know if they line up with other editions. I will try to keep this list updated as I add new posts.

Within the broader field of CM-ness, I have done a few special series. The first section links to posts in which I compare the various CM curricula available for you. The second section gives some posts on CMs theology and the third is a series in which I ask “Are Charlotte’s 20 principles biblical?” After these, you will find all the rest of the posts, divided up by subject as best as I can.

Happy Reading!

Nebby

bettercmbooksCM Curricula

CM Curricula Compared (updated 7/11/2020; master post to my charts comparing CM curricula as well as the posts on CM-inspired curricula: Let’s Play: Is It CM? part 1 , part 2, part 3 and Specialty CM Curricula)

If you are new to CM and trying to figure out how to ease in, see also my Getting Started with CM post.

Charlotte Mason’s Theology

Charlotte Mason, Anglicanism, and You

Why Not Charlotte Mason? (from my series on reformed Christian education)

Was Charlotte Mason Reformed?

Was Charlotte Mason Arminian?

Charlotte Mason’s Theology: The Scale How Meditations

CM: The Intersection of Her Theology and Her Philosophy of Education

The Theology of J. Paterson Smythe, part 1 and part 2 (Mason used Smythe’s commentaries so her theology is not unrelated to his)

Are Charlotte’s 20 principles biblical?

What does it mean to be pure CM?

Is it biblical?: CM’s first principle

Man, in the image of God, or Not?

Is it biblical: CM’s 20th principle

CM’s second principle: part 1, part 2, and part 3

CM’s first principle revisited

“The greatness of the child as a person”

CM’s “gospel principles”

CM’s 5th Principle, part 1: Atmosphere

Is it Biblical?: “Education is . . . a life”

Is it Biblical?: “Education is a discipline” part 1 and Education is a Discipline, Part 2

The Key to CM’s Thought

So Is Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy Biblical?

CM on . . .

Views of Children and their Natures (or, The Big Theory Behind it All):

The Beginning and End of Charlotte Mason

“Children are Born Persons” in a Modern World

CM on the Goodness and Badness of Children

Approaches to Homeschool: Charlotte Mason

Approaches to Homeschooling: Classical

CM on the Nature of Children [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 60, 116, 128-29; “CM’s Twenty Principles”]

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans

How Children Learn (or, the Real Philosophy of a CM Education):

CM and the Not Normal Child

Approaches to Homeschool: Unit Studies

Approaches to Homeschool: Charlotte Mason

The Fine Art of Standing Aside [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 54, 57]

Education from Without vs. Self-Education [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education]

Authority and Attention [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 72, 74]

Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education]

Imagination in Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 195,199]

Letting Go [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 114]

Girls and Little Children [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 177-83]

Should Education be Interesting and How Do We Make It So? [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 249]

CM on Stages in Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 241]

John Taylor Gatto and Charlotte Mason

More on Intellectual Training [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 117-23]

Reading Comprehension, Or What to Study and How to Study It [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 201-04]

The Goal of Education (or, What are We Trying to Accomplish Here Anyway?):

The Beginning and End of Charlotte Mason

The Purpose of Education, and Life

CM on the Education of Girls [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 171-72]

Charlotte Mason on Standardized Testing [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, pp. 108-110]

The Goal of Education

Knowledge versus Information [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 161-62]

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans on Education

John Taylor Gatto and Charlotte Mason

A Common Curriculum? [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 207, 216]

The Lost Tools of Learning [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 246]

Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series: Wrapping Up [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 241-61]

Raising Who Children in a What World

How Do You Know If Your CM Education is Working?

Education and Sanctification

Subjects/What to Teach/A Broad Education (or, the How-To Section):

What to Teach in Homeschool [Vol. 1, Home Education, p. 118]

Chesterton and the Education of Girls

How to Educate Girls

A Varied Education [“CM’s Twenty Principles”]

More from CM on Standardizing Education [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, pp. 112-13]

More from CM on Variety in Education [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 151, 161, 167-68]

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans on Education

Why We Give a Broad Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 213-230]

Training and Discipline (or, Moral Education and Habit-Training):

Habit Training and Sanctification

Household Rules [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, p.18]

Charlotte Mason’s Second Volume: Authority [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, p.14, 16]

Authority and Attention [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 71]

Some Thoughts on Maintaining the Right Home Atmosphere [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 131-36]

Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education]

The Drawbacks of Homeschooling [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 193]

Teaching Children to Will [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 130-37]

Teaching Citizenship and Decency [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 188]

How to Raise Moral Children [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 127-29]

Manipulating Emotions [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 182-83]

Religious Education (Or, Teaching Kids about the Bible and God):

Letting Go [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 114]

CM on Christian Literature [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 166]

A Few Thoughts from CM on Religious Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 223-25]

How to Raise Your Children to Believe What You Believe [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 203, 218]

CM on the Knowledge of God [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 158]

Thoughts of Charlotte Mason which Relate to Reiki [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 148-50]

CM on Children and Church [Vol. 3, School Education]

Sacred vs. Secular/the Great Educator (Really This Shouldn’t be So Low on the List; This is a Major Part of CM’s Philosophy Too):

Sacred and Secular in Education [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, pp. 115-16, 136; Vol. 3, School Education, p. 73]

CM on Our Attitude Toward Science [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 115]

Letting Go [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 114]

More on Intellectual Training [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 117-23]

Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series: Wrapping Up [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 241-61]

Worship:

Beauty and Worship [Vol. 3; should be 4?]

Personal Holiness:

Desire, Buddhism and CM’s Volume 4 [Vol. 4, Ourselves]

Conscience

Motivating Children/Inspiring Interests/Masterly Inactivity/Play (or, How to Get Your Kids Into All This):

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans

More on Motivation [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 124-25]

Yet More on Motivation [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education]

Is Your Child Bored with School? [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 259-60]

John Taylor Gatto and Charlotte Mason

Developing Intimacies [Vol. 3, School Education]

Girls and Little Children [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 181, 185-86]

The Importance of Ideas (or, The Food of a CM Education):

Charlotte Mason on Learning Facts [Vol. 1, Home Education, p. 223-26]

The Role of Ideas in a Charlotte Mason Education [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, p. 25, 28]

Why We Need to Use the Best Materials in Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 166]

The Study of Literature [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 183]

Reading, Twaddle, and Living Books (The Heart of a CM Education):

What Makes Good Books Good? [Vol. 4, Ourselves, p. 72]

CM on Books and Reading [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, p.116]

Gobbling up Books [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education]

What Makes a Living Book? [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 164]

The How and Why of Good Books [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 139-45]

CM on Christian Literature [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 166]

Questions about Ideas in Books

Why We Need to Use the Best Materials in Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 166]

The Study of Literature [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 183]

Thoughts on Selecting Books [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 193, 195]

On Using Good Books [Vol. 3, School Education]

The Importance of Authorship

Should We Use Textbooks?

A History of Worksheets

CM on Fairytales [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 130]

Narration and Language Arts:

Imagination in Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 195,199]

Encouraging Words on Writing [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 191]

IEW and CM

Reading Comprehension, Or What to Study and How to Study It [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 201-04]

Three Big Ideas about Narration

Science Education and Nature Study:

Nature Study Tip [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 250]

Issues of Science and Faith:

Charlotte Mason, Science, and Biblical Scholarship [Vol. 2, Parents and Children, pp.29-30]

CM on Our Attitude Toward Science [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 115]

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans on Education

History:

Learning History [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 169-74]

The Arts:

The How and Why of Art and Music [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 151-52]

Why We Give a Broad Education [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 213-230]

Geography:

Teaching Geography: How and Why [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 224, 228]

Math:

Why Study Math? [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, pp. 230-31]

More on Intellectual Training [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 117-23]

Logic

Logic, the CM Way

The Physical Body:

CM on Sex Ed [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 125]

Homeschool PE [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 194-96]

The Virtues Acquired Through Physical Training [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 104-111]

Why PE? and How to Make a Hero [Vol. 3, School Education]

Reason:

CM on Reason [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 87]

The Way of Reason [Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education]

Being Good Stewards of Our Thoughts [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 113]

The Way of Reason in the Book of Judges

High School:

CM in High School: How we do it

Raising Who Children in a What World

Giftedness and Special Needs:

Labelling Children as Gifted

CM and the Not Normal Child

Socialization (Despite Popular Opinion, This Topic Does Not Deserve to be at the Top of Every Homeschooling List):

Social Atmosphere [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, pp. 118-19]

Do You Lose Your Children if You Send them to School? [Vol. 5, Formation of Character, p. 123]

Shielding Children from Life [Vol. 3, School Education, pp. 183-84]

Comradeship [Vol. 3, School Education, p. 202]

Interior Decorating (Really, is there a Topic She Doesn’t Cover?):

CM on Decorating One’s House [Vol. 5, Formation of Character]

CM in Our Homeschool/General Posts (Or, Things that Just Didn’t Seem to Fit Anywhere Else):

CM isn’t tricky

Oh, How Many Ways There are to Mess Up [Vol. 3, School Education]

Unschooling and Charlotte Mason

The Cost of a CM Education

Getting Started with a CM Education

Book Review: Minds More Awake

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  5. So I am very new to the CM world. It is my first year homeschooling, and I have read a few CM companion pieces but have just ordered the first few volumes. We are Baptists (born-again, KJV bible believing). My husband was raised on Abeka in a homeschool for young years and Christian school later. I was public school and not saved until I was in university training to be elem. teacher. Our children attended a Christian school for a few years while my husband taught math there, but my dream and passion was to homeschool. I stumbled across CM through My Fathers World. I love the basic ideas of CM and am eager to learn more and how we can make them work. Do you think its possible to use her ideas and still provide a strong Christian home from our biblical perspective?

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    • Absolutely! CM herself was Anglican. There are points where I disagree with her theology but I have no doubts she was a believer and she claims to base her philosophy on the gospels. Though I personally have moved away fom being strictly CM and am developing my own philosophy of education (for lack of a better one out there), there is still much in our home that looks a lot like a CM education. I think often she had the right ideas practically speaking in terms of what we do every day even if the theology behind it was a little off.

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