I just got my new books delivered this week:
I feel a little behind everybody else. I've always heard of Charlotte Mason, but never delved too deep into what she wrote. I think I've kind of done this in some ways already but didn't know it was an official style of learning. I really like the companion by Karen Andreola. It is easy to read and full of real life examples.
For the Children's Sake is good too. My husband and I were blessed beyond blessed to go through some very intensive training before we even started our family that helped us form a more solid Biblical view on children and family than we had before as Christians. Some of Mrs. Macaulay's thoughts presented echo what we had been taught but in a fresh light. I think it is always good to remind ourselves of our reasons for educating and raising our children with a Biblical worldview and stretch beyond that from time to time. Never stop learning!
Now with this all swimming in my head, the goal is to put it into practice. The CM methods of narration intrigue me. That's about as far as I've got in the Companion. But I love the gentle approach to learning instead of drill, drill, worksheet, drill that can make our school day like pulling teeth. I also love the focus on nature and God's creation. My kids love rocks, critters, bugs, plants --basically nature. So that will be fairly easy (I'm hoping) since we do alot of that already. Sounds like a fun way to learn!