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Charlotte Mason
Elise Ehresman
Philosophy of Education
30 April 2014

1 January 1842 - 16 January 1923
Born in Bangor, Gwynedd
Only Child
Education given by her mother
At age 16, mother passed and father a year later
Enrolled in Home and Colonial Society
Taught at Davison School in Worthing, England
Wrote The Ambleside Geography Books
Taught at Bishop Otter Teacher Training College in Chichester, England
Gave a series of lectures published as Home Education.
Edited the monthly publishings of Parent's Review.
Established the House of Education.
Some of the Books Written
Parents and Children (1896)
School Education (1904)
Ourselves (1904)
Formation of Character (1905)
Last Book Written
Towards a Philosophy of Education (1923)
7 Characteristics
1. Habits
2. Style of Lessons
3. Living Books
4. Narration
5. Dictation
6. Art and Music Study
7. Nature Study
"The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days."
Charlotte suggested that schooling didn't start until 6 years of age, but rather play and work within the family unit took place.
Lessons are short in Mason's style lessons. "The goal is to train the child to focus fully on their work, but only for the amount they are developmentally capable of."
5-15 minutes for young children.
45 minutes for older students.
Life is breathed into the book, rather than an impersonal overview, as many textbooks are.
Living books are full of inspiring stories that capture the children's and adults attention.
Oral narration until age 10 or 11.
Narration is used to teach the child to think and express themselves clearly.
Letting a young child do this orally helps them develop analytical thinking skills without getting stuck by the physical mechanics of handwriting.
Spelling and Grammar Concepts.
Study the passage and then teacher reads aloud while student writes it out.
Formal Grammar at age 10-11.
Introduced music and art appreciation into schools to expose the child.
Studied one artist each term.
As much time spent out in nature was preferable.
Nature journals were kept and nature guides were used to allow the students to explore and discover what was around them.
“Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education.”
“Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind.”
“Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child's nature.”
Charlotte Mason's Philosophy of Education
*Very adaptable, being designed for homes, private schools, and home schools.
*Very practical, being designed to fit into a lifestyle.
No grades - Just idealistic motivation.
*Charlotte Mason didn't feel that the students should be motivated by grades and stickers, but rather by admiration and love and faith.
Idealism that was put into practice!
Education is an Atmosphere,
a Discipline,
a Life.

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