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31 Days of Charlotte Mason: Introduction (Day 1)

October 1, 2013 by Brandy Vencel
31 Days of Charlotte Mason

For at least three years now I’ve considered doing a 31 Days of Charlotte Mason series. I haven’t done it because I’ve had a fear of commitment. I almost chickened out again this year because my version of planning was to make a cute graphic back in April.

Yes. That was all.

I redesigned the graphic yesterday when I realized I didn’t like it with my new color scheme.

Ahem.

So this post is serving as the introductory post. It’ll function like a table of contents. I’ll link up the posts as they come along, and you can always hop back here to see the latest addition to the series.

Most of you around here know who Miss Mason is, but just in case you’re visiting or new, Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 1800s and early 1900s. According to the AmblesideOnline FAQ page, Miss Mason was orphaned at age 16 and never married. She devoted her life to children and their education. She was a prolific writer, leaving us thousands of written pages concerning her philosophy and practice.

Her philosophy works well not only in large classrooms, but also in little, tiny homeschool rooms like mine. It is universally awesome.

My goal for this series is to try and present a balance of the basic philosophical principles of a CM education along with practical ways to implement such an education. I’ve got a few number of guest posts lined up that will make it lots more fun than if it were just me rambling on, day after day.

So … welcome to 31 Days of Charlotte Mason!

31 Days of Charlotte Mason Post Directory

Day 1: Introduction ← you are here
Day 2: Children are Born Persons
Day 3: Thoroughly Christian — CM’s 20th Principle
Day 4: The Basics — CM 101
Day 5: Three Educational Tools — Atmosphere, Discipline, Life
Day 6: Education is an Atmosphere by Christy Hissong
Day 7: Atmosphere of a Home Educating Home by Joy
Day 8: The Discipline of Habit
Day 9: Habit Formation 101
Day 10: Education is a Life
Day 11: A Rich Feast of Ideas by Amy Hines
Day 12: What is a Living Book?
Day 13: Christians, Charlotte Mason, and Fairy Tales by Wendi Capehart
Day 14: The Principle of Alternation by Blossom
Day 15: How to Get Started with Nature Study by Michelle Dawn
Day 16: Narration by Karen Glass
Day 17: Plutarch by Carol Hudson
Day 18: Developing the Habit of Attention
Day 19: Masterly Inactivity
Day 20: CM-ing Only Children by Laurke
Day 21: What Age to Start a Child in a CM Education by Lizzie Smith
Day 22: What Lessons Look Like by Jen Snow
Day 23: What is Copywork? by Jen Snow
Day 24: On Cooking Lessons by Mary Frances
Day 25: On Grammar
Day 26: Why Poetry? by Celeste Cruz
Day 27: The Flip Side of Habit Training by Naomi Goegan
Day 28: Artist Study, Picture Study
Day 29: Charlotte Mason and Mythology by Anne White
Day 30: Resistant Learners — Will CM Work for Them? by Laurke
Day 31: Finis (a list of resources for further reading, and more)

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  • Reply Olivia June 24, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Awesome tools!! Thank you! I’m new to the homeschooling realm. Though we don’t have kids yet, I’m fascinated and want to learn more. I was blessed by two very active parents in my education and attended one of the best colleges in America, Hillsdale College. After college, I taught in a classical academy in Colorado. My husband is in the military and with the inconsistencies of military life, we are seriously considering homeschooling! Thank you so much for the tools! I’ve recently started reading the first textbook printed in America and am having a blast learning more about curriculum. I’d also love any advice you have for a beginner blogger! 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Hi Olivia! Welcome to the world of Charlotte Mason. 🙂 Hillsdale! For years, our favorite restaurant here in town was managed by a wonderful homeschool graduate who was also a Hillsdale alum. ♥

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    Wow! I am fairly new to the CM method. You have put together an awesome resource. THANK YOU!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Welcome to CM! I hope you find the series helpful. 🙂

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