How to teach the Charlotte Mason way
When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today, edited by Elaine Cooper, is described as a “practical follow-up to For the Children’s Sake.” It contains over 20 essays from professional Charlotte Mason educators plus two chapters by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. This helpful book is divided into two parts, with clearly titled chapters so that you can choose to read straight through or go directly to a subject you need to learn more about.
- Part 1 contains chapters on topics such as living books, narration, reading, spelling, poetry, teaching Shakespeare, math, nature study, picture study, science, music appreciation, foreign language and more.
- Part 2 provides suggestions and examples for planning and scheduling a CM-style day followed by an overview of the syllabus for a sample year. In the syllabus, a helpful chart for each subject lists assigned texts and chapters; provides notes to the teacher, and cites exact pages in Mason’s work where her teaching philosophy and examples for that subject can be found.
Each chapter includes an inspiring blend of clear explanation, practical advice, and inspiring examples, all solidly grounded in the truth that children are born persons and have an inherent desire to know. The back cover reminds parents that “there is joy in the classroom when children — not to take a test, not to get a grade, not to compete with each other, and not to please their parents or their teachers — but because they want to know about the world around them.” I would add that this is also the condition under which learning sticks.