Over the summer I spent some time reading the book When Children Love To Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Masons Philosophy for Today by Eliane Cooper. I had done some reading on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy prior however, I still had a number of questions about it. The book is divided into a number of sections written by a collection of contributors.
I liked how the book went through the 4 pillars of education; education is an atmosphere, education is a discipline, education is a life, and education is the science of relations. Then the book dives into what makes a Charlotte Mason education distinct from other theories or methods. The book has sections that explain some of the key terms I had been hearing over and over like ‘living books’ and ‘narration’. The book also goes through each school subject giving examples of what a Charlotte Mason education would look like.
Overall, after reading this book I like quite a bit of what Charlotte Mason offers. I love that it encourages children to explore and to gain their own love of learning that is internally and not externally motivated. I also like how religion is part of the everyday curriculum as that fits very well with our family’s lifestyle and beliefs.
I have to be honest that I found the writing style over my head at times though. This book is definitely written by educators and those who are well educated. Despite having a university degree and being a book lover some of the discussion and the naming of artists, composers, and authors were ones I had never heard of.
I am glad that I read this book though. It answered a number of questions that I had and has helped me to sort out a bit what our homeschool style is going to be like. If you are considering homeschooling or are interested in different theories or approaches of teaching children then I would definitely recommend reading this book.
Have you read this book before? Or do you follow Charlotte Mason’s philosophy in your homeschool?