Seventeen years ago, when I first heard a description of the Charlotte Mason Method, my heart resonated with that brief snippet. If you had asked me then why I was drawn to CM above all the other approaches to homeschooling, I probably would have said that I loved its use of good living books.
But as with any long-lasting relationship, over the years I have grown to appreciate much more about CM than just what first attracted me to it. If you were to ask me now what I love about CM, my list would look something like this.
The Top Six Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method
Through the years I have valued these aspects of a Charlotte Mason approach.
CM is flexible.
Because CM is a group of methods, not a set-in-stone curriculum, I have freedom to apply those methods as they best fit my family. I’m not locked in to covering specific material in a regimented time limit. I can use Charlotte’s methods as they work best in my situation.
CM is portable.
It’s so easy to take living books on the road! And electronic books and audiobooks make it doubly easy! We can do music study while we run errands, listening to our selected composer in the van. When we see a turtle by the side of the road, we can stop and do nature study along the way. CM is portable!
CM is customizable.
When I first began using the Charlotte Mason Method, I didn’t realize how many living books there were. You can find living books on so many subjects! And the best part is that if one doesn’t strike a chord with you, you can usually find another that does. It’s wonderful to have the freedom to customize.
CM is interesting.
Charlotte believed in giving the students a wide variety of subjects, not just the three R’s. This generous and liberal approach to learning keeps our days interesting. If things seem to be plodding along, it’s usually because I didn’t schedule the variety that Charlotte did. Add the variety back in, and the interest factor returns.
CM is personal.
So many of Charlotte’s methods reinforce the truth that the child is a person. Students are encouraged to form personal relations and connections with ideas, rather than memorizing data as a herd; to share those absorbed ideas touched with a bit of personality, rather than just regurgitating dry facts; to develop their own styles of composition, rather than following a formula. With the CM approach, my children have been encouraged to grow as individuals. With four unique daughters (one having special needs), I appreciate that CM is a personal approach.
CM is balanced.
Perhaps most of all, I love that the Charlotte Mason Method addresses the important aspects of life—growth, character, priorities, habits, spiritual—not just academics. It truly is a lifestyle; which makes sense, since education is about so much more than the mind.
What do you love about CM? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.
New Look for SCM Online Bookstore
Thanks for your patience while our online bookstore was unavailable for a few days. We were busy putting some changes into place that we think will make your shopping experience even more convenient and pleasant. Our new bookstore sports several great new features.
- Now you can create an account that will keep a record of all your orders. You will be able to see what you have already purchased and when. Plus, the links to your purchased e-books and audio mp3 files will be stored there, so you will be able to log in and access those download links any time. If you already have a log-in for our SCM Forum, your account has already been created and you can use that same log-in to access it.
- With the new ordering system, you will receive an e-mail when your order has shipped, so you will know that it’s on its way to you quickly.
- Now it’s easier than ever to mail your order with a check. Simply select the “Mail a check” option when you check out, and it will walk you through the simple steps.
- PayPal is no longer required for check out, but it is still an option for those who want to use it.
We’re excited about the new features of our online bookstore because they will help us serve you even better in the days ahead!