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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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