About Us

About Us

Charlotte Mason Poetry is a blog and podcast dedicated to promoting an authentic interpretation of Charlotte Mason’s life work.

Learn more about the Charlotte Mason Poetry team:

Art Middlekauff

Art and his wife Barbara have been home educating their three children for more than a decade. Over this time, Art has been studying Charlotte Mason’s writings and applying her living ideas to his family’s homeschool. Art tells the story of how his discovery of Charlotte Mason led to a personal transformation and a dangerous adventure.

Art has written several essays about Charlotte Mason’s theology and philosophy which have been published in the two volumes of Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, published by Riverbend Press. Art has also produced a video about Charlotte Mason’s twenty principles which may be obtained from Sage Parnassus. Art walks in Mason’s theological tradition as a member of an Anglican church near Detroit, Michigan. Art can be reached by email.


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Richele Baburina

Before having children of her own, Richele Baburina was a venturer of faith and ardent student of Charlotte Mason’s applied philosophy of education, implementing picture talks as part of a museum docent program. As a humanities major, she found Mason’s statements regarding the beauty and truth of mathematics particularly intriguing and later, as a mother, she wanted to experience that “delightful consciousness of drawing out… new power” in her own children. She and her husband have now been home educating for more than a decade.

From Jane Austen to Geometry, Richele is passionate about sharing how simple methods rest on profound, fundamental principles throughout Mason’s philosophy of education. She is the author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, the DVD-set Charlotte Mason Math: A Guided Journey, and The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series.  Her teacher training webinar, Charlotte Mason and Math: A Mountain Perspectiveis available through A Delectable Education. She also developed a brush drawing course that take students step-by-step from the most basic brush exercises to beginning painting from nature. Her family lives in a tiny cabin in western Massachusetts and gathers with other believers in a local church. Richele can be reached by email.


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Tessa Keath

Tessa, a wife and mother of five, grew up in a small mountain town in Western North Carolina surrounded by nature. Her love for the natural world helped to inform her choice to embrace and learn more of the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Tessa first came to know of Charlotte Mason when her oldest was 4, and has been pursuing her philosophy ever since. She enjoys making new connections and community with other homeschooling families and continuing to read and learn more about Charlotte Mason. The Story of Charlotte Mason says, “The love and knowledge of God, of Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world, of the Holy Spirit as supreme educator of mankind, these themes are never absent from her thoughts” (page 188). Charlotte Mason always points back to Him. Tessa is the Web Editor for Charlotte Mason Poetry. She and her family attend Newspring Church in South Carolina.

Ashley Olander

Ashley is a wife and mother that lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She found Charlotte Mason three years ago and has devotedly researched her philosophy ever since. Charlotte Mason has deepened Ashley’s love for nature and her Creator and has captivated her with her writings. Charlotte Mason wrote, “nature teems with teaching of the things of God, that every leaf on every tree is inscribed with the divine Name, that the myriad sounds of summer are articulate voices, that all nature is symbolic, or, as has been better said, is sacramental.” Ashley is the Audio Engineer for Charlotte Mason Poetry.

Antonella Greco

Antonella and her husband Nicholas began their homeschooling journey in 2015 with their daughter in Manitoba, Canada.

“I discovered Charlotte Mason’s philosophy when our daughter was just a ‘little,’ thanks to a few benefactors God placed on my path. I recently began collaborating on a major effort to make Charlotte Mason’s poetry widely available in a variety of digital formats. I am currently helping Linda Fern transcribe the as of yet unpublished manuscript of The Saviour of the World, volume VII. I am blissfully immersed in Mason’s poetry, editing the documents, making corrections, and making it all more accessible to readers. I recently co-founded a Manitoba Charlotte Mason group, and I continue to marvel at how many people in this large but sparsely populated province are using Mason’s philosophy. I am delighting in the abundant feast which a Charlotte Mason education is bringing to our home!”

Antonella is the Chief Editor for Charlotte Mason Poetry and she leads the transcription team. She and her family belong to St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic parish in Winnipeg. Antonella can be reached by email.

Guest Authors

The following writers have generously contributed articles to Charlotte Mason Poetry. Click on an author to see his or her posts.

Karen Andreola

Jennifer Bascom

Maria Bell

Benjamin Bernier

Mary Beuving

Bonnie Buckingham

Heidi Buschbach

Jonathan Cavett

Morgan Conner

Liz Cottrill

Kent Handfield

Nicole Handfield

Lizzie Henrique

Stacie Johnson

Amber Johnston

Nancy Kelly

Emily Kiser

Amanda Kunzeman

Steve Mattern

Brittney McGann

Anesley Middlekauff

Anna Migeon

Lisa Osika

Greg Rolling

Tina Schallhorn

Dawn Tull

Rob Young

Transcription Team

Pictured, from left to right:
Erin Mundy, Amy Harbach, Sherilyn Fossum, Hollie Place, Máille Multop, Art Middlekauff, Ashley Olander, LaShawne Thomas, Sandra Sosa, Annette Dionisio, Aimee Dunn, Suzie Cunningham, Paola Cella

Text Editors: Donna Bell, Katie Black, Sherilyn Fossum, Rebekah Hartman, Christine Johannes, Michelle Kimmel, Jessica Lovitt, Jeremiah Redden, Jennifer Talsma, and Dawn Tull

Transcriber: Linda Fern

Readers: Jo Downing, Greg Rolling, Jenny Martin, Barbara Middlekauff, and Jennifer Talsma

Typists: Carol Andreescu, Noelle Bartl, Tracy Blom, Nermarí Broderick, Bonnie Buckingham, Summer Carter, Lucy Casey, Julie Cerdas, Betsy Cypress, Aimee Davis, Sarah Dempsen, Astrid Donovan, Aimee Dunn, Allison Durham, Emily Fields, Ashley Franz, Esther Futrell, Thea Gab, Laurie Gardner, RaeAnna Goss, Nicholas Greco, Amy Harbach, Katie Haskins, Min Hwang, Rosella Janz, Heather Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Joletta Kaat, Mindy Kim, Amanda Kunzeman, Ali Laing, Valerie Maddox, Molly Marais, Lynne Martin, Angela McCauley, Belinda McReynolds, Jennifer Moen, Máille Multop, Erin Mundy, Rachel North, Lovejoy Ontiveros, Lisa Osika, Ashlie Paulin, Ann Philip, Chrissy Rener, Lisa C S Russell, Katie Sandy, Dessy Santoso, Tina Schallhorn, Lisa Schiedel, Erin Scoville, Kathy Seeger, Rebecca Selin, Mary Slone, Melissa Solomon, Sandra Sosa, Abby Stewart, LaShawne Thomas, Brenda Thorpe, Keri Tidwell, Brenda Uden, Amira Umphres, Emily Vandiver, Kenya Varnes, Stephanie Van Gorden, Lisa Ward, Liz Wetzel, Tabitha L. Wirges, Debi Zahn, Paula Zarate and Annette Zeigler

The transcription team includes volunteer typists who work from photographs of The Parents’ Review, L’Umile Pianta, and other important documents in the Charlotte Mason archive. We also have transcribers who are studying Charlotte Mason’s own handwritten manuscripts with a view towards making the lost treasures of her poetry available to the world.

Many of the older editions of The Parents’ Review are available online. But the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection only contains the volumes up through 1906. We have a vision to make later articles from The Parents’ Review accessible over the Internet. Currently this requires that we obtain photographs from various public and private libraries and transcribe them. There are many gems that have been hidden. We would like to bring them to light!

Would you like to join us in this effort? Send an email to let us know!

Charlotte Mason Poetry is a labor of love.
We do not host any paid advertisements or receive any outside funding.