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Who is Charlotte Mason?

The Story of Charlotte Mason by Essex Cholmondley. Miss Cholmondley was a student of CM’s teaching college and wrote a detailed biography or her life and her contribution to education. Out of print and hard to find.

Meet Charlotte Mason by Stephanie Walmsley of; FREE PDF download

Charlotte Mason: Hidden Heritage and Educational Influence by Margaret A. Coombs

Writings by Charlotte Mason

The Original Homeschooling Series A six-volume set of her educational philosophy and methods. Download Kindle versions FREE made available by Amy Fisher and in other formats by Ambleside Online (scroll to bottom page). They can also be printed or read online at Ambleside Online.  Volume 1 and Volume 4 are available as audio downloads at Living Books Library.  Please check Riverbend Press,  Living Books Press, and Simply Charlotte Mason for print editions.

The Ambleside Geography Books Charlotte wrote a 5-volume set of geography books used by students in her schools. They can be downloaded for free through Google Books.

The Saviour of the World A six-volume commentary on the Gospels in verse form.  It was used by her upper-level students in conjunction with their Scripture readings. It is available online at Ambleside Online, FREE, and Charlotte Mason Poetry, FREE, and a digital download of Vol. 1 was made available by Dr. Benjamin Bernier, FREE.

Scale How Meditations Charlotte Mason held a Sunday afternoon series of talks which her teaching students affectionately called ‘Meds’.

About Charlotte Mason Philosophy & Methods

For The Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Charlotte Mason Reviewed by Jenny King

A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

When Children Love to Learn Elaine Cooper, Ed.

A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison

More Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison

Education for the Kingdom by Benjamin E. Bernier, PhD

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Charlotte Mason by the Parents’ National Education Union

Consider This by Karen Glass. Glass places Charlotte Mason’s approach in the context of the classical tradition (as distinguished from the neoclassical movement in the US of the last 75 years). *This is a topic of much discussion in Mason circles.  Others trace Mason’s primary influences outside the classical paradigm, such as Benjamin Bernier's book, Education for the Kingdom.

The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater “Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason”

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola a commentary on nature study written in the form of a mother’s diary

A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Musical Appreciation with Charlotte Mason by Megan Elizabeth Hoyt

Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, Volumes 1 & 2, published by the Charlotte Mason Institute. Watch for Volume 3 to be released Winter 2016-17.

Charlotte Mason College by J.P. Inman

I Buy a School by Marion Berry The author's reminisences about her days at the House of Education and running a PNEU school. OOP and hard to find.

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass

Aids to Personal Study

Charlotte Mason Institute hosts CMI, an annual national CM conference.  On the website, you can also locate other CM conferences/retreats, read well-written articles, and locate natural history clubs.

Charlotte Mason Study Guide by Penny Gardner

The Charlotte Mason Digital Collection at Redeemer University. View student nature journals, original manuscripts, letters of Charlotte Mason’s, editions of  L’Umile Pianta—a publication of the former teaching college students—, and more.

Parents’ Review articles A publication for parents and educators, edited by Charlotte Mason during her lifetime.  Many are available online at Ambleside Online. FREE

PNEU Programmes and Exams Examples of programs of study and examination questions are available at Ambleside Online. FREE

Ambleside Online has a wealth of information on their site on both vintage and current booklists and programs of study

Mason’s Alveary is a curriculum and teacher-training resource offered by the Charlotte Mason Institute.

Simply Charlotte Mason is another source of treasures to aid self-study.  Sonya’s DVD series are very helpful. See below for a list of resources available on loan to CME-KC members.

Charlotte Mason Help Lindafay has booklist suggestions, largely based on Ambleside Online, and helpful articles to boot.

Mater Amabilis is a Charlotte Mason-style curriculum with Catholics in mind.

Eve Anderson’s Teacher Training Tools DVD set. A 3-part DVD series led by certified Charlotte Mason Teacher and PNEU Headmistress, Eve Anderson. Eve Anderson was filmed while guest teaching a live class in the U.S. The quality is not always top-notch, but the wealth of insight from watching Ms. Anderson is invaluable.  Disc One:  Nature Study; Disc Two:  Picture Study; Disc Three:  Narration.  See below for a list of resources available on loan to CME-KC members.

Ambleside Schools has a fantastic video series introducing their approach to Charlotte Mason method.  Be sure to download the study guide as well. FREE

Jen Mackintosh writes about the practice of ‘Keeping’ or Notebooking in a CM-way at her blog. She has many downloadable resources. FREE

CM 101. Brandy Vencel offers a CM 101 document with beginning helps in Nature Study and Science, Habit Formation and Mathematics.  Available for purchase at her blog.


Book of Centuries

Riverbend Press

Laurie Bestvater

Simply Charlotte Mason

Simply Charlotte Mason – Free Download

Mater Amabilis (Michele Quigley) – Free Download

Available for Loan to Members of CME-KC

The following are available to members of Charlotte Mason Education-Kansas City to check out and view. Let Karen know at a meeting, or send an email to information.cmekc AT gmail DOT com

Learning and Living DVD set* “Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way”

Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey from Simply Charlotte Mason

Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching by Richele Baburina

All-Day Seminar DVD set* “How to Teach Each School Subject Using Charlotte Mason Methods”

Books and Things Seminar DVD set* “How to Use Living Books and the Things Around Us”

*Note: The DVDs can stand alone, but are greatly enhanced by the accompanying workbook.  These can be purchased at Simply Charlotte Mason.

Laying Down the Rails DVD “The Quick-Start, How-To Habits Workshop” *An accompanying handout can be downloaded free at Simply Charlotte Mason.

Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education DVD set Accompanying workbook is highly recommended.  Can purchase at Simply Charlotte Mason.

Eve Anderson’s Teacher Training Tools DVD set.

Disc One:  Nature Study

Disc Two:  Picture Study

Disc Three:  Narration

For the Family’s Sake: The Value of Home In Everyone’s Life by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. Macaulay applies Charlotte Mason’s philosophy to home life

A Charlotte Mason Study Guide: A Simplified Approach to a “Living” Education by Penny Gardner

Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual and More Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison