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In the more than 25 years we have been selling to home educators, we have seen a marked rise in how-to books for home educators. Most of them are adequate, some of them are good, a very few of them noteworthy, but this was the first home education book that we have read that was exemplary. It is not hard to write a book that a novice can glean from, but when you pull together over 350 pages that will both instruct the beginner and revitalize the expert, then you truly have a masterpiece. This is such a book.

Most home educators have heard of Charlotte Mason and her philosophy on the gentle art of learning. But nearly all of us, myself included, have never been able to drag ourselves through her books, written before our own grandparents toddled on this earth. And while the author encourages us to make the effort to go back to Charlotte's own books, I am delighted to be able to read how to implement Charlotte's philosophy without the “superhuman” effort reading the original books would take.

Charlotte Mason Companion will help you to recognize a living book, give you a common sense approach to spelling and phonics, show you the importance of great art and classical music, create a loving home atmosphere and so much more. The chapters are short, easy to read and profusely adorned with charming drawings from a century ago. Nearly every chapter ends with thought-provoking questions for personal study, or ideally for group study where you could exchange thoughts and resources.

You may not desire to implement everything you read; I still have reservations concerning the appropriateness of fantasy. Still, there is such a wealth of wisdom here, you will not be disappointed. One warning applies though to those of you who are enmeshed in a primarily workbook/textbook curriculum with no desire to change. This book will open your eyes to what home education could be; and what the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve for.

Author: Karen Andreola
Pages: 384
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 1998
ISBN: 1-889209-02-3
Publisher: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Co
Printed In: USA

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Love this book! October 26, 2011
Reviewer: Michelle S. from Defiance, OH United States  
By reading this book you will learn what your homeschool could be.  My children love this way of learning and I love it too.  I get to read living books to them not textbooks that are boring.  My children are in grades preschool through highschool.  We love to learn and have fun too.

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Great summary of Charlotte Mason's theories November 1, 2010
Reviewer: Carrie Anne from Maine  
I have found this book to be a wonderful introduction to and summary of Charlotte Mason's educational theory.  Karen Andreola did a marvelous job of creating a readable and most importantly, usable, guide to the Charlotte Mason method.  I always find some new idea to help our homeschool whenever I open it up.

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Great vision-casting, practical book! October 19, 2010
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Buckeye, AZ United States  
This book shaped my entire homeschooling perspective!  Karen Andreola does an outstanding job at making Charolette Mason's principles clear and practical.  I was very inspired by her suggestions and have woven many of them into the way I educate my children.  I highly recommend this book.

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An inspiring vision May 13, 2010
Reviewer: Esther from Midland Park, NJ United States  
This is my favorite homeschooling book ever, not just because it gave me a sense of direction, but because it inspired me with a vision of a happily humming homeschool in which parents and children can truly love learning and have a marvelously well-rounded education.  This book was a breath of fresh air to me in a year of extreme stress and depression.

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