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Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series [Paperback]

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July 1, 1993 1889209007 978-1889209005
This edition of Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series is out of print. It has been our pleasure these past 25 years to make Charlotte Mason's writings available to a new generation of readers. The Publishers.

This is the complete unabridged and authorized edition of the works of turn-of-the-century British educator Charlotte Mason, with a forward by Dr. John Thorley of The Charlotte Mason College. This six-volume set includes over 2400 pages on education, child training and parenting. Recognized as a pioneer in home education and major school reforms, Charlotte Mason's practical methods are as revolutionary today as when they were first written. These books were out of print for over 80 years until Dean & Karen Andreola brought them to America in while returning from a mission s trip in the spring of 1987. A Charlotte Mason educational revival soon followed. Charlotte Mason s writings reflect a lifetime of experience teaching children and training teachers. Her topics are meaty. Her ideas radiate brilliantly in the thoughts of those who take the time to ponder them. With each idea comes a practical how-to "for bringing up children within the educational life." The power of attention, moral character, the discipline of habit, safeguarding a child s curiosity, is a tiny peek at the topics presented. Although Miss Mason began writing in the 1880s, her principles still apply. Today's homeschool parents are seeing first-hand how wonderfully they work. After ten years of intense study and application of Miss Mason s principles with her own children, Karen Andreola wrote A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning. Now today's parents can see what a Charlotte Mason education looks like in a contemporary setting while gleaning from its many benefits.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Company (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889209007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889209005
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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319 of 325 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! ...just one note of caution November 3, 2005
I've known that I want to homeschool my children since birth and have slowly but surely been devouring everything I can about the subject. I started by reading general guides on the subject of homeschooling, then progressed into some more specific books based on the methods and curriculum choices that appealed to me the most. I purchased Charlotte Mason's original series after reading Karen Andreaola's companion book (which is excellent). When I began reading Charlotte Mason's original work, I couldn't believe how much wisdom just oozed out of it. It seemed to be dripping from the pages. I interrupted my husband's reading and tv shows to share her pearls of wisdom about 20 times an hour while reading it. I have been totally impressed with her general philosophy but, now that I have read further, I'm even more impressed with the VERY specific instructions to the homeschooling mother. I mean, just her discussion of teaching children about geography and boundaries, including the use of a compass, was mind-numbingly useful. I absolutely recommend her books to anyone interested in incorporating Charlotte Mason techniques into their homeschool. So, where's the caution? All of the other reviewers are right. This is some heavy reading and the reviewer who said you need to read it little by little in order to digest the wisdom is completely correct. That does not mean that it is intimidating reading! It is simply packed to the gills with incredibly useful information. I would like to caution anyone considering buying this six volume set to first select a companion guide to read. Read more ›
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177 of 183 people found the following review helpful
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This six volume set is certainly not light reading, but it's well worth your time. Miss Mason was a widely read educator in Victorian England. She gathered ideas from many sources, and shared her conclusions on education with her readers. Her books are deep and thought provoking. She discusses everything from the proper amount of fresh air, to the development of good habits, the training of the will, the formation of character, to what sort of books contribute to a truly educated person. She also explains why to teach certain subjects as well as how. She is passionate about encouraging the natural love of learning in children. I do not agree with everything Miss Mason has to say, but I cannot recommend her more highly as wonderful reading for the serious home educator.
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108 of 112 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stolen from the AO Website March 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
**PLEASE NOTE: This review does NOT refer to the red/white or pink/white copies published by Charlotte Mason Research and Supply, even though Amazon is linking this review to them. Those publications are completely legitimate.**

Many *volunteers* for Ambleside Online spent thousands of hours typing and editing and making notations and proofreading all six volumes of Charlotte Mason's work, that they might be available free on the web. Now, someone seems to have cut and pasted all of the volunteer work into a single volume to make themselves a tidy sum. If you disagree with this sort of violation--cutting and pasting, and then publishing not just the public domain material, but also AO's own work, such as footnotes about baby care (which are NOT public domain, but the property of Ambleside Online), etc.--then I highly suggest you do not buy this. Read the material free on AO's website instead.

I look forward to the day that AO's work is made available free on Kindle, and edited to be professional, rather than such sloppy cutting and pasting.

It is one thing to type up your own copy of a public domain work, but quite another to capitalize on the work of others without their permission. Just because AO makes material available free on their website does not mean that others are free to take it and use it for their own profit.
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128 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete Charlotte Mason method. April 9, 1998
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Well for those of you homeschoolers who have heard the name Charlotte Mason, this is it! This is her complete works written by Charlotte Mason herself. For those of you not familiar with this method of teaching and learning I will explain a little. A very basic definition is that she suggests a narrative method of learning. For just one exmple, a child reads a history lesson. The child then repeats back to you in his own words, what they have read. This assures comprehension of the material read. For those of you with reluctant writers, or younger children, this is great! Of course older children can write down what they have learned & experienced. She suggests studying the classics verus dry textbooks for learning. Similiar to that of a unit study approach. If you want the true Charlotte Mason method, this is all the material you will ever need.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series on Homeschooling I've Ever Read November 12, 2002
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For those of you who want to have direct information, I strongly suggest reading this series. I borrowed and read five other books about Miss Mason's techniques but felt that I really needed to have the original. This series has not been disappointing. I will use this as reference material for many years to come and am so glad that I have been able to read through these books for myself. Please do not be fooled by the titles in the series and skip over any. The first one was especially useful. This is a MUST READ for ALL Homeschoolers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great set for those into CM
Great way to obtain goodie for the Charlotte Mason homeschooler or those interested in parts of CM.
Published 7 months ago by Honey of Honey's Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Charlotte Mason!
An Absolute must-read for all Charlotte Mason fans. If you are a homeschooler I recommend reading Levinson's book on Charlotte Mason, then read through these. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S.C. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great condition and just what I wanted. Fair price and have suggested to others. C.M. rocks. Can't say enough. Wise women indeed.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
Awesome! If all educators would take these principles written in these books and apply them; the main problems facing education today would be solved.
Published 22 months ago by Sonya C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
Incredible wisdom and practical application. Charlotte Mason knew children and was able to distill their needs down and offer a method of teaching that meets the needs and and yet... Read more
Published on March 29, 2013 by R. England
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY - This is ripped off from the Charlotte Mason original -
This book is a great example of what can go wrong in publishing. Someone stole this content and republished it here. DO NOT BUY IT.
Published on March 26, 2013 by A. Traub
5.0 out of 5 stars I love learning
Charlotte Mason's words are a breath of fresh air to any person who has the honor of having a child in their life. Read more
Published on March 26, 2013 by Momof11
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
I've been wanting to purchase Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series for years. I finally picked it up for my Kindle. Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by AquariJenn
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
I was happy to find the original CM books at such a great price as I had been relying on the interpretation of others.
Published on March 10, 2013 by Julie
1.0 out of 5 stars Too boring!
I find it hard to read. I wish it's written in a little more cheerful tone. Personally, I prefer "A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of... Read more
Published on March 10, 2013 by Sam
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