This post is part of the iHomeschool Network’s 10 in 10 link up. Today’s topic is top 10 must haves. So I’m putting a Charlotte Mason twist on the topic and sharing the top ten resources I would recommend to someone who wants to teach with a Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling.
These are resources I own (or owned) and have turned to time and time again over the years.
Charlotte Mason’s own Works
Since that is a rather expensive volume. I recommend reading it free online.
You need to start at the source. Read exactly what Miss Mason said instead of what others say about her. I have found it helpful over the years to revisit her works as I give myself a “homeschool check up.” When you fall off the CM wagon, a refresher course will get you back on track.
2. Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes
For drawing instruction, there is no better foundation than Mona Brookes’ Drawing with Children. Begin using it with elementary aged children all the way through to middle school.
3. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
For artist study and general reference, it is necessary to have an art encyclopedia on hand. This is a new addition to our library and one that I wish I had added many years ago. Obviously there is not enough detail in this volume for it to stand alone as all you need for artist study. But it serves as a great reference for providing a historical backdrop of each artist you study. It also helps you understand all the -isms in art.
4. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
If you are not convinced of the value of nature study, you need to read Last Child in the Woods. Then you will be. If you already believe in the positive power of nature in a child’s life, you will love the research that Louv shares. All people — children especially — need nature.
This classic that can also be found in the public domain is a timeless resource for CM educators. Most elements of nature are covered at least briefly in this hefty volume. Begin outdoors and then use the Handbook of Nature Study as a supplement to your observations.
6. Family Math
This is where my journey to living math began. I can’t recommend it highly enough for making math real, concrete, hands-on, and fun. If math is a battle, get this book.
Since the CM way of learning is with living books, a science reference is essential. You often come across scientific terms or concepts that you haven’t formally studied. But having an encyclopedia makes it easy to learn as you go.
Every homeschool, especially a CM one, needs maps. You may prefer an atlas or outline maps. The great thing about WonderMaps is that it is both. The range of customizable features is only possible through the power of technology. Although this software is a bit pricey, it is a resource that you will turn to every week over the course of your homeschool journey.
I bought my timeline CD many years ago and have never regretted it. I admit it is expensive. But when you calculate the fact that you can use it your entire homeschool career for timelines, notebooking, and lapbooking, it is a worthy investment. The time you save searching for timeline figures makes it worth it.
Although there are plenty of freebies online and you can certainly use plain paper for written narrations, specially designed notebooking pages make narration easier for many children. And they offer a very attractive appearance. Read my full review of this resource over at The Notebooking Fairy.
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