Secular Charlotte Mason

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I’m currently homeschooling my 2 children, using the Charlotte Mason (CM) approach (roughly). We use a secular approach to it (vs the Christian approach which is most often attributed to CM) and tweak it wherever necessary for our purposes.

There’s all kinds of great info on the net about Charlotte Mason Education, just google her name and you’ll find more info than you’ll ever read. 🙂

I thought I’d share some information and booklists here, for those that might be attempting to use this approach secularly as well.

Below are CM resources that I’ve compiled, from sources such as the
Secular Charlotte Mason Group at Yahoo. I’ve tried to keep this info secular, but I’ve found that even some of the religious CM info can also be useful to secular CM’rs like myself. So I choose to not, as they say, “throw the baby out with the bath water.” I will try to mark non-secular resources as possible…just realize that as of the writing of this, pretty much every CM resource out there is religious based, except for these pages and the SecularCM yahoogroup.

You can find the info in these pages divided by main topics:

  • History/Geography
  • The Arts
  • Literature
  • Language Arts
  • Math/Science/Nature

Click on the links in the sidebar to the right, under “Secular Charlotte Mason,” to visit these pages.

Charlotte Mason Books (about and by):

  • Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series (6 volume set), by Charlotte Mason…available free online…along with a Modern English translation
  • A Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison and
  • More Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison–by far the most popular and easy to read of all the books about CM education. (not secular, but tolerably religious)
  • A Charlotte Mason Companion, by Karen Andreola–NOT secular, have to filter religious content

Charlotte Mason  Info Sites & Articles:

Some of Melissa’s particularly relevant to CM entries:

 

Resource Sites:

Other Resource Books:

  • Books to Build On: A Grade-by-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers (Core Knowledge Series), by E. D. Hirsch Jr.
  • The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology, by Rebecca Rupp

World Religions:

  • The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions, by Huston Smith
  • The Story of Religion, by Betsey Maestro
  • The Usborne Book of World Religions
  • Sacred Myths: Stories of World Religions, by Marilyn McFarlane
  • A faith like mine: A Celebration of the world’s religions through the eyes of children” by Laura Buller
  • Personal Tao–Taoism 101
  • The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves by Linda Kavelin Popov–quotes different religious views
  • Religion Facts
  • BuddhaNet
  • Religious Tolerance
  • books by author Demi
  • DK Children’s Illustrated Bible, retold by Selina Hastings, with illustrations by Eric Thomas (ISBN #0-7566-0261-0)–Hastings has a degree in English Lit and Language from Oxford, which means that the stories are treated as stories.  And the book’s religious consultants include a couple of reverends, a nun, a rabbi, among others; with one historical consultant each for the Old and New Testaments.
  • Skeptics Annotated Bible
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3 thoughts on “Secular Charlotte Mason

  1. Thank you for creating this list. I love CM and the style, but I am not a Christian. We use the Simply CM geography books, they are just amazing. I love the twaddle free book lists. Her method is just beautiful.

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