Wednesday 14 August 2019

Charlotte Mason {Not Back to School Blog Hop 2019}

Welcome to day three of the annual Not Back to School Party hosted by The Homeschool Review Crew.  Monday I shared a few links to help with ART in your Homeschool,  Tuesday two new books to help and equip you for your journey as a Home Educator and today I would like to talk a little bit about Charlotte Mason.

In her Home Education series Charlotte tackled many aspects of education.  However the one thing that surprised me is that she talked about parenting from many many different aspects and the impact our choices as parents make upon the lives of our children.

Do you know what the definition of education is? I took some time to look up the definition of the word today versus 190 years ago and this is what I found.

Current definition:
  • the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.
  • the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
  •  the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgement, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
  •  a degree, level, or kind of schooling
Back in Websters Dictionary of 1828 the definition was as follows:
  •  The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties
This little exercise has really helped me to understand why her education series covers such a wide scope of life and not just the nuts and bolts of educating our children.  As home educators our responsibilities are far wider than the academics.  It's the equipping or our children for life.

If you haven't read any of the original books I highly recommend that you do.  The thing that I have appreciated the most has been the practical advice Charlotte imparts in her writing.  She gives examples and non judgemental recommendations.  Her voice is gentle and encouraging.  

The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason

More Posts on this Blog about Charlotte Mason and the Method

Books Written by Charlotte Mason

None of Charlotte's books were in publication when I first started home educating and come to think of it there was no Internet either! When they were first brought back into print they were still very rare.

There are six books in the series:

  1. Home Education
  2. Parents and Children 
  3. School Education
  4. Ourselves this book was written to be read with parents and high school aged students
  5. Formation of Character
  6. Towards a Philosophy of Education
The series has now been published in a single volume of over 2,700 pages! The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason.

The Original Home Schooling Series is available on Kindle  
Or for FREE here:  Charlotte Mason in Modern English

The Original Home Schooling Series can also be purchased from

Online Resource for homeschooling with Charlotte Mason Methods

Connect with Charlotte Mason Home Educators on Facebook

I would love to hear about who is inspiring you on your home education journey.

There are over thirty home educating mom's participating in this years Not back to School Blog Hop.  Grab a cup of tea and take a look through the linky below for some homeschool Encouragement today.


  1. Such an interesting look at the two is amazing that definitions change so much. I always thought they were mostly static.


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