Learning and Living: Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way brings you practical help and lots of encouragement for your children’s education. This series of videos, recorded live at an SCM conference in Jacksonville, Florida, is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to teach your children the Charlotte Mason way—all the way through high school.
Session 1: Meet Charlotte Mason and Her Methods (50 minutes)
Charlotte’s methods are simple and effective. Learn about who Charlotte was and try some of her methods for yourself.
Session 2: Living Books and Narration (50 minutes)
Living books and narration make learning stick. Discover what makes a living book “living” and practice using one to narrate.
Session 3: Learning with Books (45 minutes)
Now that you know how to use living books effectively, find out which school subjects depend on them, along with other techniques to keep learning enjoyable.
Session 4: Learning with Language (45 minutes)
Increase your confidence as you get a firm grasp on language arts the Charlotte Mason way. Plus, discover her wonderful method for teaching foreign languages!
Session 5: Learning with Things (35 minutes)
Art, music, nature, handicrafts—so many fascinating things are around us! Learn how to include these things as you spread the feast of ideas for your student.
Session 6: Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits (70 minutes)
Good habits are the secret to smooth and easy days. Find out how to instill them, along with practical tips for Charlotte’s Top Three habits.
Sessions 7 & 8: A CM-Style Morning of Studies (110 minutes)
Witness Charlotte Mason methods in action! Experience a morning of studies and see what this style of education actually looks like. These two discs walk you through the studies in real time, so you can participate along with the conference attendees.
Session 9: Reflections on a Charlotte Mason Education (30 minutes)
Compare Charlotte Mason to other homeschooling styles and explore some key principles that were evident throughout the morning of studies—ideas that can make a big difference in your own home school!
Session 10: Four Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Love for Knowledge (20 minutes)
Now that you have experienced Charlotte Mason-style studies, you will better appreciate Charlotte’s comments on four ways you can destroy your child’s love for knowledge. (This session was not part of the live conference, but we think the information is so valuable that we have included it in the DVD set as a special bonus disc.)
Session 11: Putting It All Together (35 minutes)
A wide variety of subjects is essential to spreading the feast for your student. Learn how to put it all together to schedule a delightful week of studies with these hands-on guidelines.
Session 12: Navigating the High School Years (75 minutes)
Yes, you can homeschool the Charlotte Mason way through high school! Gain encouragement and practical insights for staying the course and finishing well.
Learning and Living Notebook
More than 180 pages of notes, samples, and ideas in a handy spiral notebook that corresponds to the 12 sessions. Plus, a For Further Study section with passages from Charlotte’s writings that relate to the topics discussed throughout the sessions. One spiral-bound notebook is included in the beautiful boxed set of DVDs, or in e-book format with the digital download.
Add the Enjoying the Early Years seminar for a complete Preschool through High School package!
Comments from Homeschool Parents at the Conference
It’s a lifestyle of developing, learning, growing, strengthening a person.
I love Sonya! She’s an awesome speaker; she gets it down where we are instead of talking over our heads.
You really feel like she’s there urging you on, wanting you to succeed.
The morning of studies gave me a concept of, “Oh, this is how I could do a day!” and I’m very thankful for that.
Traditional school was so hard. Now I have another way!
Comparison to Other SCM Videos
Learning and Living: Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way replaces the All-Day Charlotte Mason Seminar and the Books & Things Seminar. This new 12-DVD set not only covers the same topics but expands on them, including updated and new material.
Sessions 1–5 are similar to what was covered on the All-Day Charlotte Mason Seminar and the Books & Things Seminar; however, the explanations of how to teach the subjects of composition, foreign language, and math have been expanded. Session 6 (Laying Down the Rails) contains the same principles as the previously released recording, but has been updated with more examples and illustrations. The first half of Session 10, Four Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Love for Knowledge, is similar to that session from Books & Things, but contains a new section about Spreading the Feast of ideas.
Group Video Showings
Learning and Living works wonderfully for group study and discussion. We’re happy to accommodate group showings of these videos and provide additional notebooks and a free downloadable leader’s guide. Visit the Learning and Living group video showing page for details and practical help for group leaders.
If you would like information on having Sonya present a seminar live to your group, visit our Speaking Request page.