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Old 03-14-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Charlotte Mason approach. Does it matter what curriculum you use?

I understand this approach is about
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Other than that, does it matter what curriculum you use?

Is this approach more of how you teach more than what you teach/what curriculum to use?

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Old 03-14-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Re: Charlotte Mason approach. Does it matter what curriculum you use?

I do think it's more about how you teach but I've seen some CM curriculum, mostly the all-in-one package type, that doesn't really seem very CM to me. I know a veteran HS mom that counsels other moms on how to create a CM homeschool curriculum for themselves...she uses Ambleside Online.

I try to implement the CM principals of narration, I use the book list loosely, and I like the short lessons but it's not really CM. My son does a lot of memorization through Classical Conversations which isn't very CM at all. Also, CM advocates no formal lessons until age 6 but personally I disagree with that. I think Simply Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online offer the truest type of CM education that I've seen.
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tks for your input. I am reading simplycharlottemason and studying...
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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Re: Charlotte Mason approach. Does it matter what curriculum you use?

Living Books Curriculum is very true to CM too.

Have you read When Children Love to Learn? It's a collection of essays from people involved in Ambleside Schools International (CM schools modled on her orig. school). Yes, a lot has to do with attitudes and method.
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I love Simply Charlotte mason. IN fact, since I discovered it a year or so ago, it's the primary website I go to (otherwise I get overwhelmed). My DD is only 4. And it's been very freeing to follow the SCM 'early years guide'. It keeps me grounded. I'm following the CM philosophy of no formal education until she's 6. That being said, of course we learn every day! We read *tons* of books, she plays with maps, we learn about birds, do counting with manipulatives, visit the aquarium and learn about the animals, etc.

When she IS 6, I plan to use their curriculum 'guides', and add in lots and lots of living books. :-)
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Re: Charlotte Mason approach. Does it matter what curriculum you use?

I agree, I think reading about the Charlotte Mason philosophy might help. If it sounds like it would work for you and your children it doesn't matter whether you choose to use one of the free websites (there are several) or try to create your own schedule. I believe there are a few that are not often listed here. I think some people do just a few subjects in a Charlotte Mason style but I'm not sure how that works, to me it is more a philosophy that is incorporated throughout. I know my MIL said that her school (private school) uses CM for literature (I believe they use some of the books lists and the slow reading style) but do not use it for every other subject.

http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/20...and-books.html
http://buildyourlibrary.com/first-grade-ancient-world/ this one is not free and I don't think all of the grades are available yet.
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Re: Charlotte Mason approach. Does it matter what curriculum you use?

We use Sonlight and I think it is close to CM.
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I've been reading their free e books. Thanks for the tips!
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Re: Charlotte Mason approach. Does it matter what curriculum you use?

From my brief and basic readings, to answer the OP, I'd say no. There are curricula that draw from, are inspired by or attempt to produce a CM education. However, I don't believe there is a curriculum that is "Charlotte Mason" education or sanctioned by her. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) That's not to say what's out there is inferior or lacking, just I don't don't believe she intended for or created a package of classical education branded as Charlotte Mason.

That said.p, there's simply CM, Secular CM, Living Books, Ambelside, Tanglewood, or Mater Amabilis to start one's search.
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