Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Charlotte Mason Teaching Method and Free Curriculum

I thought that a good beginning post to the Three R's Academy would be to explore some of the teaching styles that are available to homeschoolers everywhere. As I started listing them, I thought, "I'd like to see more information on them in one place, as well". That is where this got long.

So I'm going to do a series on teaching styles. Today I'll be focusing on Charlotte Mason.

Charlotte Mason or CM, developed her vision for "a liberal education for all", in the 1800's. She did this because English children were educated according to social class; the poorer were taught a trade, and the fine arts and literature were reserved for the richer class.

According to Charlotte, she envision "liberal," to be a generous and broad curriculum for all children, regardless of social class.

According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), "Liberal education is termed "a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a stronger sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement ... characterized by challenging encounters with important issues, and more a way of studying than a specific course or field of study".

Using the CM Method your subjects are taught using "living books" In other words, you don't use textbooks, but you do use books which make the subject more interesting for the student. It uses nature study as a way to learn about science and the world around you.

You can find a free curriculum that follows the Charlotte Mason Teaching Style at Ambleside Online.

Be sure to come back to see more about other teaching styles, for instance: