Homeschooling styles and methods: Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason

The Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling is named after a teacher who lived in England during the Victorian and Edwardian years.[1]  Charlotte Mason loved the outdoors, as did her contemporary Beatrix Potter the author of Peter Rabbit and other stories. The works of both Mason and Potter reflect a closeness to nature. In addition to an appreciation of the outdoors Charlotte Mason used whole books and original source material, did not assign homework under the age of thirteen, and did not use rewards.

An authoritative version of Charlotte Mason homeschooling is available free from the website Ambleside Online.[2]


Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning 

When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today 



[1] Wikipedia entry on Charlotte Mason

[2] Ambleside Online


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