"It was taking me forever to read through all of Charlotte Mason's The Original Homeschooling Series. Then I came across Penny's book. What a delight to read a condensation of Mason's most important ideas! Most of all, I enjoyed the many hands-on articles to help me get started with "living" books and narration. This is one book to read over and over." -- Tina Crowder, home educator and author
"Mrs. Gardner, I had to tell you how pleased I am with your book. I purchased the original six-volume set several years ago, but ended up selling it as I found it too hard to digest. I was searching for something, a way to teach our children. About a year ago I found a CM loop on the internet. I knew this was the way for us, but I was still afraid to try to comprehend the series by Ms. Mason. Then someone suggested your book. Finally it all made sense! You took the nuggets from Miss Mason and put them in a condensed, logical format that made it easy for this beginner to understand. Thank you for making my transition to Miss Mason's writings easier! I highly recommend your book to everyone interested in CM methods or anyone just looking for a better way!" -- Rhonda Warren, homeschool mother
"Penny's book is a helpful addition to any home school library. It simplifies the task of topically studying Charlotte Mason's philosophies. I appreciate having Charlotte's exact quotes so readily available. Indispensable for Charlotte Mason support groups." -- Catherine Levison, author of A Charlotte Mason Education
"Charlotte Mason's many pages of original writings my overwhelm some busy parents. But Penny presents to us little bites to chew, coated with the sugar of her personal fondness for Charlotte's ideas. She has arranged paragraphs of Charlotte's own words into study topics. This makes it a helpful companion to The Original Homeschooling Series and a delightful introduction to the educational philosophy of my heroine. Thanks, Penny, for providing home educators [and all parents] a taste of something so good for them." -- Karen Andreola, author of A Charlotte Mason Companion
From the Author
Traveling the Scenic Byway
Some of the roads we travel as we educate our children are arduous, making us weary. Following the Charlotte Mason road is a gentle trip in the English countryside. Miss Mason built this road in 1885 and continued to work on it until her death in 1923. But the road didn't close; others who had experienced this lovely journey continued using and promoting Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education. During the past dozen years, home educators and classroom teachers in the United States have discovered this enchanting country lane.
Nature studies, the arts, great literature, building noble characters, and knowing our Lord are some of the materials of its pavement. Miss Mason said, "To form in his child right habits of thinking and behaving is a parent's chief duty.... To nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas... is the parent's next duty.... The child, having once received the idea, will assimilate it in his own way, and work it into the fabric of his life.... Nourish him with ideas which may bear fruit in his life."
Charlotte Mason wrote The Original Homeschooling Series, a six-volume set. But now there is a less time-consuming option. The Charlotte Mason Study Guide: A Simplified Approach to a "Living" Education is a condensation of Miss Mason's works. It also contains current writings on how to apply this philosophy in today's home schools. This book is the perfect companion to the series or it can stand independently for those who do not own Miss Mason's books.
For now, this is a road less traveled. As the word spreads, it will become a more popular route-though no less pleasant. The Charlotte Mason Study Guide is the map to help you find your way as you travel this scenic byway to a great education.