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Charlotte Mason Reviews
A Charlotte Mason Companion
Pocketful of Pinecones
The Original Homeschooling Series (in 6 volumes)
When Children Love to Learn

A Charlotte Mason Companion
by Karen Andreola
An introduction by the author

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A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning
Karen Andreola / Charlotte Mason Research / 1998
I began homeschooling partly because I wanted a different learning experience for my children than what was offered in schools. I longed for a Christian teaching approach that aimed at reaching the heart of my children—an approach that safeguarded their curiosity, warmed up their imagination, satisfied their need for play and outdoor activity, and provided them opportunities for character development. "This is it!" I said as I read what had to say about education. "This is what I want for my children." With newfound courage and excitement, I put aside those things Charlotte declared detrimental:
  1. dry textbooks (which dull the mind);
  2. prizes and grades (which stimulate students to perform for superficial rewards);
  3. too many worksheets (which require fragments of information without a train of thought); and
  4. hour-long lessons and homework (what drudgery and inefficiency!).

I replaced these with intellectually nourishing "living books" by the best authors, narration (a child's telling in his own works—oral or written), and shorter lessons. We've made time for nature observation, art and music appreciation, and hospitality.
With Charlotte's advice, I've tried to run my little school on good habits. I was happy to discover that the use of good habits provides necessary discipline. Shorter lessons have enabled my students, when young, to pay attention, concentrate, and do their best. Living books have enhanced the love of knowledge in our home. Therefore, push and shove are absent motivations in this gentle art of learning.
If this sounds like the kind of education you envision for your home school, if you would like to be the master of your curriculum—not a slave to it—you will find support and encouragement in my book, A Charlotte Mason Companion. May your educational goals be met and your dreams come true in your precious family.


Pocketful of Pinecones
by Karen Andreola
An introduction by the author

Pocketful of Pinecones
Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning
Karen Andreola / Charlotte Mason Research / 2002
“I wish I could be a fly on your wall,” mothers tell me with a sly smile. “I could use a closer look at the gentle art of learning.” I like my privacy, so I wrote a story. The main character is Carol. In some ways Carol is like myself. She is like many of my homeschooling friends. Carol is on her feet a lot, industriously caring for her family. She has worries, hopes, joys and disappointments.
Carol enjoys naturewalks with her children. Her goal is to safeguard a sense of wonder. Together they observe God’s marvelous creation and record their finds in their Nature Notebooks. Although the emphasis be on nature study the story touches upon a range of subjects. In the first chapter Carol is concerned about her son Don’s chronic boredom. She fears that his curiosity had been “schooled out” of him by a stack of textbooks and a stack of homework. Not the most confident of mothers, she is however, determined to home educate. With patient loving attention, Carol listens to her little daughter Emily hobble through sentences while practicing reading aloud. Although Emily was labeled slow in school and Don was burned out and bored, Carol finds just the right “living books” and experiences for them. Don even starts asking questions again. Meanwhile Carol copes with the late hours her husband Michael must keep at his workplace. When he is home he often sighs and is thoroughly drained. Hard times and difficult choices must be faced. These are met with courage because Carol and Michael trust in the Lord. I am too fond of my characters to let anything really terrible happen to them, therefore the story has a happy ending.
I wrote Pocketful of Pinecones by inches. Month by month (for nearly two years) I would pray and write, pray and rewrite, in hopes that my story would minister, in hopes that it would be advantageous for Mother Culture™. The chapters are short enough for the mother who has only snatches of time to nourish her soul. May she who reads it be encouraged (like Carol) to live, with her husband and children, the life she has imagined.

The Original Homeschooling Series (in 6 volumes)
by Charlotte Mason
Introduction by Dean Andreola

The Original Home Schooling Series
The Original Home Schooling Series, 6 Volumes The Original Home Schooling Series, 6 Volumes
Charlotte Mason / Charlotte Mason Research / 1989
Even though 10 years have passed, I can still remember sitting in the dimly lit back room of the library of Charlotte Mason College, in the English Lake District. Reading through these rare old volumes (that had been out of print for nearly 80 years) was like stepping into a time machine. Karen had sent me to find some of the books for use in her school. I came home not only with the books (on loan from the archives), but with a resolve to share my find with other interested homeschooling families.
Although Charlotte began writing in the 1880s, her principles for "bringing up" children still apply today. Charlotte's writings will challenge your thinking. Her books are not easy, light reading. Because they are meaty, whatever ideas are picked up by the reader radiate brilliantly in the thoughts of those who ponder them. Charlotte speaks from a lifetime of experience with children. She loved children and children loved her. Therefore, each idea is accompanied by a practical "how to," offering heartfelt guidance to anyone teaching children.
Years of sifting through the 2,400 pages of the set have enabled us to pick up pearls of wisdom. It is on her original writing that my wife's book, A Charlotte Mason Companion, is based. Six volumes may seem overwhelming, but not if you take one aspect at a time. Good manners, power of attention, moral character, proper discipline, thirst for knowledge, love of God, constructive habits are just a few of the topics exhaustively presented. It represents her life's work. Each volume is well-indexed, making it easy to use this set as a reference.
2400 pages total.

When Children Love to Learn - A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today
by Elaine Cooper
A review by Karen Andreola

When Children Love to Learn
When Children Love to Learn
Crossway Books / 2004
Some years back I was invited to Atlanta, Georgia to speak to the teachers of a group of Charlotte Mason based Christian schools. I felt nervous as well as honored. Everyone I addressed had more formal education than I had. This didn't matter, however, as the focus was on Miss Mason's wonderful ideas. I stayed that weekend with headmistress Maryellen St. Cyr and her other guest Miss Eve Anderson - a retired headmistress of a C.M. based school in Oxford, England. I greatly admire these ladies for their work and love for children. They, as well as other dedicated and experienced teachers, are contributors to When Children Love to Learn. Although meant primarily for those involved with schools, this book's message is, without doubt, applicable to we daring few who home educate. Chapter topics are similar to those of my book, A Charlotte Mason Companion - living books, narration, nature study, Shakespeare, music and art appreciation - with some excellent meaty essays on Miss Mason's philosophy. Timetables and samples of course work (in use currently in established schools) are included. -- Karen

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