CM by Topic

See also this series on Charlotte Mason’s theology

And this one in which I asked: Are CM’s principles biblical? (many of the posts in this series are also included in the list below)

And this one in which I look at CM and CM-inspired curricula

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Getting Started with CM

Approaches to Homeschool: Charlotte Mason (an overview from my series on the different ways to homeschool)

Charlotte Mason by the Principles (you can find CM’s 20 principles here)

1st Principle: Personhood

The Beginning and End of Charlotte Mason

Is it Biblical: CM’s First Principle

Is it Biblical: CM’s First Principle Revisited

“The Greatness of the Child as a Person”

“Children are born persons” in a Modern World

Raising Who Children in a What World

Personhood and the Special Needs Child

Letting Go

Girls and Little Children

Early Childhood Education

CM on the Nature of Children

2nd Principle: Goodness and Badness

CM on the Goodness (and Badness) of Children

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

3rd Principle: Authority and Obedience

Authority and Attention

Volume 2: Authority

4th Principle: The Tools We May Not Use (aka CM’s “gospel principles”)

Is it Biblical: CM’s Gospel Principles

More on Motivation

Yet More on Motivation

The Responsibility of Educating Our Kids

Charlotte Mason isn’t Tricky

Gamification” and Education

Manipulating Emotions

5th Principle: “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life

Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life

6th Principle: Education is an Atmosphere . . .

Is it biblical: Atmosphere

Some Thoughts on Maintaining the Right Home Atmosphere

7th Principle: Education is . . . a Discipline . . . (Habit Training)

Is it Biblical?: “Education is a discipline” part 1

New Light on Habits

Habit-Training and Sanctification

Teaching Citizenship and Decency

CM on Children and Church (re religious habits)

Conscience

CM on the Nature of Children

How to Raise Moral Children

Virtues Acquired through Physical Training

8th Principle: Education is . . . a Life

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

9th Principle: Ideas, the Food of the Mind

The Role of Ideas in a Charlotte Mason Education

The Fine Art of Standing Aside

What to Teach in Homeschool

What makes “good books” good?

Authority and Attention

Should Education be Interesting and How Do We Make it So?

Why We Need to Use the Best Materials in Education

Questions about Ideas in Books

10th Principle: Against Herbartianism (=Unit Studies)

Approaches to Homeschool: Unit Studies

Additional Thoughts on Unit Studies

Letting Go

See also Motivating Students from my series on Reformed Education

11th Principle: No Facts without Ideas

Knowledge versus Information

CM on Learning Facts

Should Education be Interesting and How Do We Make it So?

Charlotte Mason on Standardized Testing

12th Principle: “Education is the Science of Relations”

The Fine Art of Standing Aside

Developing Intimacies

Play and Masterly Inactivity

Why We Give a Broad Education

Why We Need to Use the Best Materials in Education

More from CM on Variety in Education

13th Principle, part 1: A Broad (or Varied) Education

A Varied Education

Why We Give a Broad Education

More from CM on Variety in Education

See also A Broad Education from my series on Reformed Education

13th Principle, part 2: Literary Forms (aka Living Books)

Living Books and the Living Word

What Makes a Living Book?

Is It a Living Book?

Living Books and Language Arts

Picking Living Books

What makes “good books” good?

Is There a Place for Twaddle?

On Using Good Books

Thoughts on Selecting Books

The Why and How of Good Books

The Importance of Authorship

CM on Books and Reading (and on why to read hard books)

The Power of Narrative, For Better or Worse

The Value of Literature

When Good Books Pay Off

Best Free Read Books

Picture Books

Scientific Evidence for the Power of Narrative

Guess the Living Book

Desiree, or the Downside to Living Books

Should We Use Textbooks?

Good and Bad Kids’ Books

Questions about Ideas in Books

14th Principle: Telling Back (aka Narration)

Three Big Ideas about Narration

Reading Comprehension

Encouraging Words on Writing

See also Synthesizing Ideas from my series on Reformed Education

Living Books and Language Arts

16th-18th Principles: The Way of the Will and the Way of Reason

Teaching Children to Will

Teaching Obedience (Will)

Minds More Awake (Will)

The Way of Reason

The Way of Reason in the Book of Judges

CM on Reason

19th Principle: Accepting and Rejecting Ideas

Being Good Stewards of Our Thoughts

20th Principle: the Role of God

The Beginning and End of Charlotte Mason

The Prime Mover in Education

Letting Go

Is it biblical: CM’s 20th principle

CM on the Nature of Children

Education from Without vs. Self-Education

The Responsibility of Educating Our Kids

Should Education be Interesting and How Do We Make it So?

School Subjects

Literature and Literary Analysis

The Study of Literature

What We Study and Why: Literature 

How we have done literary analysis: Mr. Popper’s Penguins; Babe; Charlotte’s Web; Bull Run; Animal Farm; Lost Horizon

A Bit More on Literary Analysis

How We Have Done it: 9th Grade Poetry; 9th Grade Short Stories and Essays; 10th Grade American Lit

see also Zylstra and the Love of Literature

Language Arts

Living Books and Language Arts

Encouraging Words on Writing

IEW and CM

Memorywork and Grammar

A Living Book on Writing

New Thoughts on Writing

What We Study and Why: Language (also foreign language)

How We Do It: KISS Grammar

See also A Few More Thoughts on Grammar

History

What We Study and Why: History

Why, When, and How to Study Ancients

Learning History

Science and Nature Study

Nature Study Tip

A Reason for Nature Study

My Nature Lore Booklist

Nature Journaling with Little Ones

How we’ve done it: Living Books for High School Biology and High School Biology Labs

What We Study and Why: Science

Bible/Religious Education

CM on the Knowledge of God

CM on Children and Church

A Few Thoughts from CM on Religious Education

How to Raise Your Children to Believe What You Believe

Physical Education

Virtues Acquired through Physical Training

Why PE

Homeschool PE (and outdoor time)

The Arts

What We Study and Why: Fine Arts

The Why and How of Art and Music

Other Subjects

What We Study and Why: Mathematics

Teaching Geography

How We are Studying Geography and Current Events

Logic, the CM Way

Catechizing Kids

CM on Sex Ed

Other Topics

The Goal of Education

The Purpose of Education, and of Life

The Goal of Christian Education

How Do We Glorify God?

The Goal of Education

The Habit of Attention

Is Your Child Bored with School?

What should education look like?

Sacred and Secular

Sacred and Secular in Education

CM and Classical Education

Characteristics of Classical Education

Stages of Development in CM and Classical (I also have a number of other posts on classical education; see this list)

CM on Stages in Education

CM and Other Philosophies of Education

CM & Other Philosophies of Education

Special Needs and Gifted Children

CM and the Not Normal Child

Personhood and the Special Needs Child

CM on Gifted Children

Masterly Inactivity/Play

Play and Masterly Inactivity

Power of Play: Elkind and Mason

Imagination in Education

FairyTales

CM on Fairytales

Percolating Thoughts on Kids’ Lit, Fairytales and the Occult

Why We Believe in Hobgoblins

Fairy Tales Follow Up

CM in High School

CM in High School: How We Do It

A CM Education in High School (and College Prep)

How We Have Done it: 9th Grade Poetry; 9th Grade Short Stories and Essays; 10th Grade American Lit

Interest-Led?

Developing Intimacies

Thoughts on Selecting Books

CM on Educating Girls

CM on the Education of Girls

CM on School and Homeschool

CM and Homeschooling

The Drawbacks of Homeschooling

Social Atmosphere (socialization and school environments)

How to Parent a School Kid (CM on kids in school)

Do You Lose Your Children if You Send Them to School?

Charlotte Mason and Other Thinkers

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans

Charlotte Mason and the Puritans on Education

Gatto and Mason

Elkind and Mason: The Power of Play

Illich and Mason: Continuing Education

Education from Without vs. Self-Education (Mason and Montessori); see also Approaches to Homeschooling: Montessori

Charlotte Mason, Science, and Biblical Scholarship

Charlotte Mason, Science, and Biblical Scholarship

CM and the Documentary Hypothesis

CM on Our Attitude Toward Science

Miscellaneous

A Common Curriculum? (and some thoughts on CM’s 6th volume); see also Core Knowledge? from my series on Reformed Education

How do you know if your CM education is working

Desire (re volume 4, Ourselves)

Household Rules

Shielding Kids from Life

What does it mean to be “pure CM” and why should we care?

CM and Sunday School

Gobbling up Books

CM on Christian Literature

Charlotte Mason on Standardized Testing

Comradeship

CM on Kids’ Eating Habits

The History of Worksheets

Method vs. System

Deschooling: Yes? No?

CM and Reiki