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As a Charlotte Mason home educator, I love to train my children in self-learning and independence in their studies. Starting the year organized is one of the best ways to accomplish this for my children.
I would love to share with you a few of the wonderful statements of Charlotte Mason of ‘self-learning’ or ‘independent home school’ for modern terms:
“Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.”
“There is no education but self-education.”
So, as you can see why I organize our home school to be in a way of ‘self-learning’ or ‘independent’ for a child that is able to read and older.
Here is how I organize for independent home schooling:
- Purchase Magazine Holders – I use one magazine holder for each subject being taught, plus an extra one for daily work.
- Label each holder with the subject – For my elementary and middle school children, I label one for Daily, History, Nature/Science, Geography, Literature and The Arts.
- Fill each holder with their books – At the beginning of a school year, each holder will contain the living books, binder books and a nature journal. In the daily holder, I place their Bible, math book, spelling book, character work and memory work.
- Construct a grade notebook – This notebook has a checklist for each week’s assignments that the child will check off on their own, even when dependent work is done together. It is their syllabus for the year and has been the catapult to raising independent learners in our home. I put this 1/2 inch notebook in the daily magazine holder, where they are required to return it when finished using it.
Are you interested in the gentle art of learning that Charlotte Mason’s method utilizes? If you aren’t sure where to start, how to implement it with your children (even high schoolers) or just wanting encouragement from other Charlotte Mason educators, join the Mother Culture Connections for Charlotte Mason Educators Facebook group, where we have monthly parties for topics that matter to our members.
This post was written by:
Dollie Freeman, is a veteran homeschooler who has educated her children with the Charlotte Mason way from preschool through high school. She shares about finding joy in the everyday of home, family and homeschool on her blog, Teachers of Good Things.