Day in the Life of a Charlotte Mason Homeschooler

The Charlotte Mason method, developed by the British educator of the same name, emphasizes “living books,” nature study, and the development of good habits.

It encourages educators to treat children as persons, and to provide them with authentic and meaningful learning experiences. Here’s an example of what a day in the life of a Charlotte Mason homeschooler might look like:

Morning:

  • The day could start with a Bible study or reading other devotional literature as part of “Morning Time,” a period to gather together and study a variety of rich and inspiring materials.
  • Next, the child might delve into history lessons using “living books,” which are typically narrative and written by someone with a passion for the material, instead of dry textbooks. This might be biographies, historical novels, and firsthand accounts.
  • After this, a literature lesson might follow where the child engages with classic literature, often age-appropriate classic novels, poetry, and Shakespeare.

 

Mid-Morning:

  • The child might then have a handwriting lesson, which could include copying a passage from a “living book,” a piece of scripture, or a poem, practicing neat handwriting and internalizing good literature simultaneously.
  • A math lesson would follow, using practical and concrete examples whenever possible, gradually introducing abstract concepts as the child is ready.

 

Afternoon:

  • After lunch, the child might partake in “Nature Study.” This would involve going outside, observing nature, drawing in a nature notebook, and possibly reading field guides or other nature literature.
  • This could be followed by a geography lesson, again utilizing “living books,” and often tying in with the history lessons.

 

Late Afternoon/Evening:

  • The child might then engage in “Picture Study” or “Composer Study,” where they’re exposed to great works of art and music.
  • The day might end with free time for the child to play, pursue hobbies, or explore personal interests. Charlotte Mason advocated for ample free time for children to play and pursue their own interests, especially outdoors.
  • The evening might be wrapped up with a family read-aloud time, exposing children to more complex language patterns, vocabulary, and ideas than they might encounter on their own.

 

Throughout the day, Charlotte Mason advised short, focused lessons to maintain the child’s attention and avoid overwhelming them, with variation between more and less demanding subjects.

She also emphasized the importance of habits in education, and so throughout the day, the child would be guided and encouraged in the development of good habits.

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