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Overview This is the complete works of the turn-of-the-century British educator, Charlotte Mason. The six-volume set includes over 2,400 pages of the finest material ever written on education, child training and parenting. Recognized as the pioneer in home education and major school reforms, Charlotte Mason's practical methods are as revolutionary today as when they were first written.
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Studio: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.25" Width: 4.55" Height: 5" Weight: 4.94 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher CHARLOTTE MASON RESEARCH #756
Grade Level Teacher
ISBN 1889209007 ISBN13 9781889209005
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More About Charlotte Mason
Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason (1 January 1842 - 16 January 1923) was a British educator in England at the turn of the twentieth century. Her revolutionary methods led to a shift from utilitarian education to the education of a child upon living ideas. She was inspired by current brain research, by the writings of John Amos Comenius, Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin. After the release of a book by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children's Sake in 1984, Charlotte Mason's six volume educational series was republished by Karen Andreola, author of A Charlotte Mason Companion. This led to a resurgence of Charlotte Mason's educational methods for a new generation of teachers and students. Charlotte Mason schools can now be found across the United States in homes, at charter schools and independent private schools. Mason's methods are used widely within the homeschool community. Regional and national conferences, retreats, and study groups have sprung up across the country and have increased Mason's methods' popularity.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Original Home Schooling Series?
The best way to homeschool May 5, 2008
There is so much wisdom to be gained from reading these books! Often, homeschoolers buy the curriculum of choice, but never learn HOW to homeschool. The CM series contains practical advice for creating a love of learning that will last a lifetime and training future members of society with good habits and a "think for yourself" attitude that is often lost today.
A good skim-read Apr 24, 2008
If you already know the basic premise of Charlotte Mason's philosophy on education, then you should be able to get through this series rather quickly. I skipped over much of her material since it is pretty antiquated. For example, I didn't feel I needed to read about the importance of outdoors or her dietary restrictions (no mustard, vinegar, pork or pastry...weird) not to mention how night air "quickens the blood". The best way to view this series is to skim it and pluck out the gems of wisdom regarding educating your children- I wouldn't follow her every recommendation to the letter. All in all, an essential read if you are planning on adopting the Charlotte Mason method.
...if i can ever get through these Feb 24, 2008
I am homeschooling with the aim to do things the "Charlotte Mason Way"... at least to a point. Naturally, one of my goals early on would be to read this entire series. OK... SO... I've owned this for a year and I have yet to get through one book! I have read bits and pieces of all the books and love what I've been able to digest so far, but I do think that she takes the long way 'round to explain things. For me, I have to read some small part, think on it carefully for a while to be sure I understand exactly what she is saying. I think some things are harder to comprehend at first because of the difference in our attitude toward children today than in CM's days. Our whole lifestyle is different in so many ways. I think The Charlotte Mason Companion was the most helpful in getting me started, but I'll hold on to these to peruse in the future.
A must have. Aug 27, 2007
Terrific. Everything you need to know. But very meaty and long. I read the section I want to know at the time.
Absolutely wonderful! ...just one note of caution Nov 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. I found that falling in love with the idea of Charlotte Mason instruction by reading a companion guide gave me the patience to read through the original works because I had a general idea of the wisdom contained therein. If I hadn't read a companion guide first, I might have grown impatient with the sheer weight of the originals. This may not be true for everyone, but I know it would have been for me. So, I recommend this without hesitation but with the recommendation to get your feet wet with a companion guide prior to reading the full set.