- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks; New edition (November 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891400169
- ISBN-13: 978-1891400162
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
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A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual Paperback – November 1, 2000
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"As a teacher of twenty years, I have greatly appreciated Catherine's guidance in introducing the Charlotte Mason method in my teaching." -- Maggie Dail, MA, of Master Enterprises Learning Center
"Catherine Levison has written a perfect introduction to the Charlotte Mason method. A must." -- Penny Gardner, author of Charlotte Mason Study Guide
"Surely, you will, as I did, find something to enhance the education of your children immediately. Catherine makes it so simple for us!" -- Bob and Tina Farewell, Lifetime Books and Gifts
"When I became interested in this way of learning and wanted to know how to begin this was the only book the accomplished my goal. Highly recommended." -- Lorrie Flem, editor of TEACH magazine
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The immensely popular ideas of Charlotte Mason have inspired educators for many decades. Her unique methodology as written about in her six-volume series established the necessary protocols for an education above and beyond that which can be found in traditional classroom settings. In A Charlotte Mason Education, Catherine Levison has collected the key points of Charlotte Mason's methods and presents them in a simple, straightforward way that will allow families to quickly maximize the opportunities of home schooling. With weekly schedules, a challenging and diverse curriculum will be inspire and educate your child. A Charlotte Mason Education is the latest tool for parents seeking the best education for their children. "I found these books extremely practical and thoughtful." --Cathy Duffy, author of the Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manuals "When I became interested in this way of learning and wanted to know how to begin, this was the only book that accomplished my goal. Highly recommended." --Lorrie Flem, editor of Teach Magazine "Surely, you will, as I did, find something to enhance the education of your children immediately. Catherine makes it so simple for us!" --Bob and Tina Farewell, Lifetime Books & Gifts "As a teacher of twenty years, I have greatly appreciated Catherine's guidance in introducing the Charlotte Mason method in my teaching." --Maggie Dail, MA, of Master Enterprises Learning Center "Catherine Levison has written the perfect introduction to the Charlotte Mason method. A must." --Penny Gardner, author of Charlotte Mason Study Guide Catherine Levison has over a decade of home schooling experience. The mother of five, and a grandmother, Catherine is apopular teacher and lecturer.
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If you LOVE the idea of CM, but have trouble seeing how to format your day, this is a great next step. You'll still be searching a bit for resources and more information of how to function, but I see it as a focused look into the core of a CM homeschool day. It's a short and easy read, so I found it definitely worth my time and energy.
One thing I also appreciate is that the author gave her own person opinions in a very gentle way. It made the book conversational and easy to read, much like discussing with a friend. I very much disagree with some of her perceptions, yet her sharing of those views on say... what she may want to censor in an art book, still added to the value of the writing. If only people could exhibit such grace on social media!
I’ve just ordered her next book as well.
Next we bought Catherine Levison's "A Charlotte Mason Education." In a nutshell, the book is good but inconsistent. The book is a concise summary of Charlotte Mason's philosophy, consisting of twenty chapters but only seventy-eight pages (not including the appendix). The longer chapters, including "Literature," "Science," and "The Formation of Habit," feel well researched and insightful. Detailed descriptions of nature walks, sketchbooks, or how Mason encourages educators to use short lessons to keep absolute attention were very helpful. However several chapters were poorly researched and short to the point of containing almost no information. The chapters on "Morals," "Grammar," and "History" seemed especially lacking.
In addition, I have two additional quibbles about the book. First, Levison lists many ideas & methods for homeschooling that she herself has no experience with. She's at her best when she's speaking directly from her experience as a homeschooling parent. Second, I don't feel that Levison has thoroughly addressed the advance of technology since Charlotte Mason's time. Cameras, recorded music, automobiles, televisions, telephones, movies, and video games have all become entwined in our daily life. What would Charlotte Mason think of these inventions? Is photography a worthy pursuit? While I doubt Charlotte Mason would approve of children idling in front of inferior television programming, what about the finest cinema? These topics are a missed opportunity.
Levison did succeed in piquing my interest about Mason's philosophy. I have found that Mason's Original Homeschooling Series is available for free on Ambleside Online, and am currently reading through it. Ambleside even provides a "Reader's Digest" chapter-by-chapter summary of the Series for those starting out, which may be an ideal introduction.
Update: Catherine Levison replied very graciously to this review below. She pointed out that this was meant to be the introductory quick-read, while "More Charlotte Mason Eduation" is a much more thorough treatment. I would not have known or even given More Charlotte Mason a look without that, so thank you!
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Charlotte Mason or wanting to know how to implement her teachings in your school. It is also an excellent read for husbands, families and friends who may not fully understand the CM method. You'll want a copy on your shelf to review again and again.