Charlotte Mason Institute

Charlotte Mason Institute

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The Charlotte Mason Institute supports a worldwide community of learners and educators in an authentic practice of Charlotte Mason’s paradigm of education. They seek to do this in three ways: Explicating the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason Equipping individuals and schools to practice Mason’s pedagogy Nourishing the Mason community with insightful publications and examples of …

Dr. Carroll Smith

Dr. Carroll Smith

California Homeschool Convention

Dr. Carroll Smith was introduced to Charlotte Mason at a L’Abri conference in the 1970s.  While a young middle school teacher working within a mechanistic educational system that he saw neither inspired nor engaged his students, he attended Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s presentation on Mason and knew that the ideas of Charlotte Mason were what was missing in his professional training to become a teacher.  He …

Lisa Cadora

Lisa Cadora

Midwest Homeschool Convention

Lisa has studied Charlotte Mason’s methods since providentially hearing of her from Ranald and Susan Macaulay at a L’Abri Conference in the summer of 1982 while an undergraduate education major at Covenant College. Upon returning to school that fall, she found a few of Mason’s volumes in the college library and was entirely swept up in what …

Dr. Jen Spencer

Dr. Jen Spencer

Southeast Homeschool Convention

Dr. Jen Spencer spent eighteen years as an educator in public, private, and home schools teaching students from preschool all the way through high school. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University in 1996. She then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctor of …

A Habit of Knowing God: Bible and Religion in a Mason Education

Join us for a discussion on Bible and Religious training through a Charlotte Mason educational lens. We trace the path Charlotte Mason parents and teachers followed with an overall picture from the youngest years to the older student. How does an integrated Christian education look in today’s Charlotte Mason schools and homes? We consider together …

Education as a Discipline

Discipline? Many articles are written today about children who rule the home and rule the public if allowed. Why are we experiencing this rash of behavior? Could it be that we do not understand authority? Could it be that we do not understand the use of habits and how they can help us get rid …

Education as a Life

Mason used the metaphor of food to help us understand an idea related to teaching and learning. Children need a variety of foods or a feast for their bodies to be well-nourished. As Frances (Bread and Jam for Frances) helps children understand, peanut butter and jam gets old. It is a good thing that it gets …

Education is an Atmosphere

Mason believed that our genes were important in understanding who we are as humans and that the personality of a child should never be encroached upon. How then do we educate children? After we understand from Session 1 what Mason believed about personhood, we can look at three educational venues through which we can assist our children in …

The Child as a Person

Mason’s first principle of education is what she called her “founding” principle—the child is a born person. She interestingly did not begin her educational principles with a curriculum, a set of books, child development theory, or moral theory. She first dealt with the ideas that should inform her educational theories and practices including the ones …