Often, when I respond to others about using Ambleside Online as our curriculum, I hear a momma tell me how a Charlotte Mason education looks intense to them, how much there seems to be… and how overwhelmed they are just looking at the lists, much less implementing them.
In a discussion on the Ambleside Online forums, a discussion of what draws homeschoolers to expensive classical curriculums came about.
I made a relational connection that I think, for many mothers (certainly not all), to have something put together by someone else and telling them what to do, seems easier – perhaps they are not sure of themselves as a teacher yet or having not seen it in action, think CM is “too much.”
What CAN a Charlotte Mason home education look like?
I think if mother’s could see another family’s CM-inspired day lived out, it would not seem so overwhelming. It could be seen that this is an education attainable for anyone and beneficial for everyone.
Which brought me about to gathering some amazing, beautiful everyday mommas, who are willing to share with others what their very human lives look like, implementing Charlotte Mason’s philosophies.
There are many videos online of singular aspects of a CM education. A video of narration here, a video of nature study notebooks there, a video of dictation somewhere else… but I know in my beginning days of CM (and even now several years in!), I would have been helped to see a general idea of the flow of one subject to the next in a given day. To actually see the beauty, truth, and goodness lived out.
So, we’re putting it all in once place for you. Single subjects, to get into it a bit more “meaty,” and welcoming you to our Open House to show the spreading of the Feast each day is not only attainable, but enjoyable, challenging, and can be peace-making.
If you’d like to join us, please follow me through my RSS feed. January at Beautiful Chaos will bring you a month of videos (and pictures, posts, and quotes) from Charlotte Mason inspired homes, in a Charlotte Mason Open House.
And please, spread the word!