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A Charlotte Mason Education – Charlotte Mason, the Woman

It is important that we understand the backdrop – to know and understand the time in which Miss Mason lived so that we can fully appreciate her work. Her material is incredibly relevant to today’s society yet it was not written specifically for our era. Charlotte Mason was born in Bangor, England in January, 1842. She died in January, 1923. Her parents mainly educated her while at home until both parents left her orphaned at the age of sixteen. Miss Mason was an innovative educator who developed a unique approach to education. She loved all children and had a true concern for them. Education was very different in Miss Mason’s era. The 3 R’s were the mainstay of the curriculum, strict discipline, rote memory work were all the hall marks of education in that era. Charlotte Mason believed that all children should have access to a broad, liberal education and to be allowed to reach their full potential. Continue reading

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What is 'Copywork'?

  Copywork is a cornerstone of our English program in our home-based-learning. Many things have come and gone over the years but copywork is a tried and true, effective tool for us. Copywork is not a Charlotte Mason invention. Nor was it invented by Ruth Beechick. It is as old as old.  However, CM elucidated upon the idea, incorporated it into her method, which dovetailed with her philosophy of education and it is now very popular. Ruth Beechick uses the idea of copywork/copywriting/transcription or whatever else you'd like to name it. 'Learning Language Arts through Literature', in which Ruth Beechick helped to form, uses copywork and dictation as a cornerstone of their program. You might find it helpful to know what both Charlotte Mason and Ruth Beechick have to say on the why and wherefore's of copywork. Knowing that, you will be able to *pick the meat and toss the bones*…taking what you need for your child.   Charlotte Mason style Bear in mind that CM developed a philosophy of education and the methods she combined were supposed to be used in conjunction with that philosophy. I'll explain what I mean eh? Miss Mason liked the idea of short lessons. This served the purpose of securing the child's attention totally, but for short periods. This enabled a child to tend to all of his studies without boredom. Similarly, Miss...

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