If you’ve been following me over the years you’ll know that I don’t claim to be Charlotte Mason, Classical, Waldorf, or an unschooler. We have and always will go by the eclectic title. That said, I love Charlotte Mason!
I just can’t seem to resist Charlotte’s ideas of child development and growth. I see how closely it is tied to how we might choose to educate our kids. Needless to say, I am falling in love with this idea, philosophy, and way of ife.
In a nutshell, here are:
3 Reasons I love Charlotte Mason
The 3 main reasons I love Charlotte Mason are based on the 3 tenants of the philosophy: education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and life.
1.) The atmosphere of your home makes up a 1/3 of a child’s education.
I want my kids to feel surrounded by a safe and rich atmosphere for learning. I want them to feel the freedom of exploration, to have shelves full of good books, and other media and resources which heighten their awareness of the world around them. I want my kids to feel motivated and inspired daily because of their physical, tangible surroundings, and also because of the space and time they have to simply be bored enough to be able to daydream.
2.) Cultivating good habits of character makes up another 1/3 of a child’s education.
It’s really important for me to help my kids to create good habits. They have a place in the home (chores and accountability), and they are learning to be respectable and responsible through their home life commitments. Feeding the dog, taking out the trash, running the dishwasher, cleaning up after themselves, and doing their laundry are all chores that help them to maintain a sense of community at home, plus it teaches them that as a family we are all interconnected and interdependent.
These home habits will result in an easier transition later on as young, independent adults.
3.) Education is life.
Give children thoughts and ideas- and not just facts. I want my kids to desire to learn because they want to, not because I’m forcing it. In Charlotte Mason’s ideas, the teacher-parent creates boundaries but also gives space for children to research deeper. Using living books is a huge part of this.
I am drawn to the philosophy for many reasons, having been a Child Development major, and understanding how important it is for kids to be kids. I want my kids to enjoy their childhood, enjoy the sweet moments. I find that Charlotte Mason’s way of viewing the whole child allows for the time to let kids simply be kids. As a 21st century, tech-savvy mom with a wi-fi infused lifestyle, I realize how much I crave the simplicity of childhood for my kids.
Life isn’t perfect, but I’ve always envisioned a somewhat simplistic and natural way of living and being that would give my kids a chance to breathe and enjoy simply being, rather than always doing. And I think, in some way, I find the answer to this in the Charlotte Mason lifestyle.
I want to share my journey into Charlotte Mason with you.
Here’s a lengthy video you might enjoy that explains where I’m coming from, the twists and turns of our family’s education style and how I am landing at this place of rediscovering why I love Charlotte Mason all over again.
Do you have a particular philosophy that really draws you?
Let me know in the comments!