Topical Index

Topical Index

Learning the Method

How to Learn the Charlotte Mason Method Art Middlekauff explains how to learn the Charlotte Mason method, a lesson he had to learn the hard way.
Wading in the Shallows How can the busy mother learn the method at the same time that she is implementing the method? Brittney McGann proposes an answer.
Characteristics of a PNEU School House of Education graduate Mary Till summarizes the Charlotte Mason method in this vintage Parents’ Review article from 1965.
The Teaching Methods of Charlotte Mason G. F. Husband describes the method of Charlotte Mason that was able to transform one of the toughest boys’ schools in England.
Notes of Lessons Notes of Lessons prepared by students of the House of Education for the pupils of the Practising School, from 1903 to 1915.


Charlotte Mason’s Twenty Principles

A Video Presentation by Art Middlekauff


The Twenty Principles: Development

The Sources of Charlotte Mason’s Theory of Education Art Middlekauff shows how Charlotte Mason described the development of each of her 20 principles.
A Theory of Education in the Gospels Charlotte Mason “has drawn her philosophy from the Gospels.” Art Middlekauff shows how many of her 20 principles are based directly on the teachings of Christ.
A Revolution in Methods Art Middlekauff surveys the elements of Charlotte Mason’s method that she herself considered to be revolutionary.
Dividing Over Unity The exciting story of how Charlotte Mason divided over unity, because she had discovered a set of “principles not worked on before.”


Principle 1: Children Are Born Persons

Charlotte Mason’s First Principle Art Middlekauff explores the meaning, scope, and application of Charlotte Mason’s principle “Children are born persons” through a survey of her writings.
Children Are Born Persons Charlotte Mason’s landmark article first published in The Parents’ Review in June, 1911
The History of an Idea: Children Are Born Persons Art Middlekauff surveys how Charlotte Mason’s first principle was viewed in the centuries before and the century after Miss Mason’s life.
The Child in Literature Miss Shakespeare illustrates the gradual change of attitude towards children in history in this vintage extract from The Parents’ Review.
Childhood’s Estate Charlotte Mason wrote a lovely “little book” on the nature of children that was never published—until now.
A Child Who Is a Person A story about how one parent applied Charlotte Mason’s principle that children are born persons.
Nothing Is Trivial Emily Kiser shares the story of how the code of education in the Gospels touched her heart on a hot, summer day.
And With His Lord Doth Dwell An original handwritten poem by Charlotte Mason discovered in the digital collection and published for the first time on Charlotte Mason Poetry.


Principle 2: The Good and Evil Nature of the Child

The Theological Significance of Charlotte Mason’s Second Principle Art Middlekauff argues that Charlotte Mason’s second principles is a theological statement, rather than a sociological or biological assertion.
Fact Check: Did Charlotte Mason Reject Original Sin? Art Middlekauff explores Charlotte Mason’s beliefs about the doctrine of original sin.
Where Sin Is Not at Home An exploration of Charlotte Mason’s theology and the doctrine of original sin.
Reverence for the Work of the Holy Spirit in Children Archdeacon Blunt’s 1890 Parents’ Review article exploring the personhood of the child and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now fully transcribed and annotated.


Principle 4: The Respect Due to the Personality of Children

How to Safeguard the Love of Learning Karen Andreola explains what causes children to lose their love of learning, and how we as parents can preserve it.
The Sacredness of the Person Three writers explore the meaning and relevance of Miss Mason’s thoughts on personhood in this vintage set of papers from 1930.


Principle 7: Education is a Discipline

Habits for Life Art Middlekauff explores the origin, application, and relevance of Charlotte Mason’s teaching on the physiology of habit.
Parents and Education, by Charlotte Mason Charlotte Mason’s rediscovered 1887 lecture to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in which she announces “the only scientific basis we have for education.”
The Place of Habit Helen Webb lays out the critical importance—and the critical dangers—of habit formation in this vintage 1917 article, reprinted in 1929.
Life’s Decisions Sometimes in our lives we all have to make important decisions. What help does Charlotte Mason’s philosophy provide?


Principle 12: The Science of Relations

Education is the Science of Relations House of Education student M. Owen explains the meaning and truth of the phrase “education is the science of relations” in this classic 1905 article.
The Strait Gate House of Education graduate Mary Hardcastle contemplates the link between the Great Recognition and the Science of Relations in this vintage article from 1929.


Principle 13: The Syllabus

What is a Liberal Education? What is meant by the phrase “a liberal education”? Is it s reference to the seven liberal arts of the classical tradition? Or dos it refer to something else?


Principle 17: The Way of the Will

Opinions and Principles Charlotte Mason’s sweeping overview of her philosophy, written in 1909, reprinted in a booklet, and now available for free.


Principle 20: The Great Recognition

A Great Recognition Richele Baburina provides an explanation and outline of the Great Recognition required of parents.
The Theology of the Great Recognition The theology of Charlotte Mason’s Great Recognition.
Thomas Aquinas and the Great Recognition The relationship between the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas and Charlotte Mason’s Great Recognition.
The Great Recognition that Mason Brought to Florence What did Charlotte Mason discover on the walls of the Spanish Chapel in Florence? A new idea, or a new illustration?
Whose Great Recognition? The slides from Art Middlekauff’s workshop entitled “Whose Great Recognition?” which reveal the theological roots of Charlotte Mason’s Great Recognition.
Coleridge and the Great Recognition How did Charlotte Mason’s reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge affect her theory of ideas and her Great Recognition?
The Liberal Arts and the Great Recognition What is the implication of the fact that in Mason’s description of the Great Recognition fresco, she specifically calls out “the Seven Liberal Arts”?
The Spiritual Sciences and the Great Recognition How you interpret the fresco in the Spanish Chapel of Santa Maria Novella in Florence should determine whether canon law is in your homeschool curriculum.
The Origin of Ideas Homeschooling father Jonathan Cavett answers his young son’s question with wisdom from Charlotte Mason.


Authentic Interpretation

Towards an Authentic Interpretation What is an authentic interpretation of Charlotte Mason’s writings? Why is it important?
Applying an Authentic Interpretation How does the mother apply an authentic interpretation of Charlotte Mason to her homeschool? Art Middlekauff explores the difficulties… and the key.
What Would Charlotte Do? If Charlotte Mason were alive today, what would she do differently? Which parts of her method would she change? Art Middlekauff proposes an answer.
What Worked Fifty Years Ago What did Charlotte Mason mean when she wrote, “What worked even fifty years ago will not work to-day”? Lisa Osika has the answer.


Charlotte Mason Purists

Was Charlotte Mason a CM Purist? A Charlotte Mason purist is someone who desires to preserve the Charlotte Mason method unmixed with other elements that do not properly belong.
The Mediocre Purist Brittney McGann explores how to reconcile Charlotte Mason’s pure ideals with the reality of human weakness.
Is This the Story of a Charlotte Mason Purist? Lisa Osika wonders about whether her unlikely story could possibly be the story of a Charlotte Mason Purist.


Principles and Practices

Ask Art #4 – The Spirit and the Letter Art Middlekauff and Ashley Olander answer a listener’s question about how the Holy Spirit affects flexibility and specificity in the Charlotte Mason method.
A Principle in the Practices Brittney McGann explains that Charlotte Mason taught many implicit principles which may be discovered by looking for the themes across her practices.
A Liberal Education for All The original papers read by Charlotte Mason and Agnes Drury in Bingley in August, 1916, describing “A Liberal Education for All,” theory and practice.
Recipe Versus Thought Essex Cholmondeley advocates living by principle and not by recipe in this vintage 1925 article.
The Spirit and the Letter Are we to follow the spirit or the letter of the Charlotte Mason method? R.A. Pennethorne answers in this vintage 1929 article.
Conditions for Schools Using PUS Programmes Elsie Kitching’s 1929 Leaflet “U,” stating the conditions required to be recognized as a PNEU school, and a sampling of the replies.


A Complete and Unified Method

Miss Mason’s Method of Teaching in Practice H.W. Household (1870-1954) explains that Charlotte Mason’s method “is the outcome of a philosophy of education, and you must take all or none.”
All As Broad As It’s Long Art Middlekauff explores an incident in 1902 that tested whether Charlotte Mason’s method of education was as broad as it was deep.
Miss Mason’s Ideal: Its Breadth and Balance Helen Wix warns us of the dangers of reducing Charlotte Mason’s method to its lowest terms in this classic Parents’ Review article of 1923.
Tinkers Brittney McGann reflects on the instruments Mason left to guide us on our way, described in Elsie Kitchings’ 1927 Parents’ Review article now made available on the Internet for the very first time.
Ties that Bind Lisa Osika describes one of the more important attributes of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education.
How Past Students Can Keep In Touch How were the alumni of the House of Education to keep abreast of the latest developments in the Charlotte Mason method? Agnes Drury gives the surprising answer.


Education for the Kingdom

Education for the Kingdom A series of articles by Dr. Benjamin Bernier which demonstrate the essential Christian character of Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy.
Christ Himself for Himself
Meditation and PNEU Philosophy
Enthroning the King


Classical Education

Charlotte Mason and the Educational Tradition What is the relationship between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the overarching tradition of education? Enjoy this free video resource with answers.
From Classical Teacher to Charlotte Mason Educator A classical education teacher discovers Charlotte Mason and describes what happened next.
Why I Write About Charlotte Mason and Classical Education Art Middlekauff explains why it is important to maintain a clear distinction between Charlotte Mason’s theory of education and Classical Education.
A Promiscuous Label What is the real definition of classical education, according to Paideia Prize winner Tracy Lee Simmons?
The Fragmentation of Culture The Parents’ Review weighs in on classical education in this vintage article written in 1949.
What I Owe to The Classics H.W. Household explains why he chose Charlotte Mason instead of classical education in this vintage 1930 article.
My Tongue’s Use The president of a PNEU branch raises provocative questions about the teaching of classical and living languages in this 1939 vintage article.
Charlotte Mason: For Whose Sake? Aimee Natal warns classical educators that while they may at first be attracted to Mason’s advocacy for Great Books and the use of original sources, to then proceed to buy into her educational method is folly.
Five Important Differences Between Charlotte Mason and Classical Christian Education A high-level summary of some of the important differences between Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education and classical education.
A Classical Education Without the Classical Tradition What happens when the definition of classical education is separated from its historical and geographical context?
A Classical Education in the Classical Tradition Art Middlekauff compares Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education to classical education as defined by Jonathan Beeson.
Where Virtue is the Goal What does it really look like when virtue is the goal of education? Is virtue really the highest aim of Christian education?
Analysis and Synthesis in The Parents’ Review Art Middlekauff explores the claim that Charlotte Mason recommended delaying analytical thinking until after synthetic thinking has been established.
On Questions and Questioning Liz Cottrill examines the role of questions in a Charlotte Mason education. Does the Socratic method play a part?
Charlotte Mason: A Liberal Education For All—Not an Elitist Education Scott Cottrill asks the question, “Who is education for?” He then shows how Charlotte Mason breaks from the tradition of classical education.


Classical Education: Book Reviews

Reconsidering Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition Art Middlekauff’s book review of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass
A Response to “More Considerations” By Karen Glass Art Middlekauff responds to Karen Glass’s blog article entitled “More Considerations.”
Norms, Nobility, and a New Departure David Hicks’s Norms & Nobility compared to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education.
Poetic Knowledge or Food of the Mind? James Taylor’s Poetic Knowledge compared to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education.
A Review of James Taylor’s “Poetic Knowledge” Mary Daly’s 2001 review Poetic Knowledge by James Taylor.


Classical Education: Responses

Great Thoughts Are from the Holy Spirit Art Middlekauff presents three extraordinary claims by Charlotte Mason about her original theory of education.
The Argument for a Classical Mason That Proves Too Much Art Middlekauff shows that a proper definition of classical education cannot encompass Charlotte Mason’s ideas.
A Reply to CiRCE’s Mason Jar Podcast (July 22, 2016) A reply to the statements in “The Mason Jar Q&A: LIVE from the 2016 CiRCE Conference” on the relationship between Charlotte Mason and classical education.


Classical Education: Historical Theorists

Seeking Knowledge: Two Paths, Two Destinations Brittney McGann compares the philosophy of Plato to the ideas of Charlotte Mason.
Upon Right Methods: Desiderius Erasmus and Charlotte Mason Brittney McGann compares the teachings of Erasmus to the ideas of Charlotte Mason.
Charlotte Mason Meets Dorothy Sayers Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how PNEU thinkers received Dorothy Sayers’ essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” when she first delivered it at Oxford in 1947?


Classical Education: Charlotte Mason’s Departure

Charlotte Mason’s Careful Claim of Originality Art Middlekauff explores Charlotte Mason’s statement “We lay no claims to original ideas or methods.”
Where Your Quotes Are, There Will Your Heart Be Also Art Middlekauff counts Charlotte Mason’s quotes to reveal her philosophical commitment.
The Philosophy of the Ages What did Charlotte Mason mean by, “we really have existing material in the philosophy of the ages and the science of the day to formulate an educational code”?
The New Ways and the Old Ways of Education Charlotte Mason’s contemporary and “ardent disciple” describes the revolutionary and unprecedented nature of Mason’s theory of education.
Our Principles Charlotte Mason summarizes her life work in this vintage 1922 article: “We have received a call and are working on principles not worked on before.”
Art and Handcraft P. E. Hanson explains how to develop the sense of the beautiful inherent in every child in this vintage Parents’ Review article.


Non-Classical Education

God in the Laboratory How much do we consider the evidence of modern research and measurement in determining our curriculum or our teaching techniques? Join the discussion between Art Middlekauff, Emily Kiser, Nicole Williams, and Liz Cottrill as they wrestle with the true goal of education and the push and pull of modern convictions.
The Father of Modern Teaching Art Middlekauff surveys the life and ideas of John Amos Comenius (1592–1670) and explores his relationship to earlier and later educational thinkers.
Maria Montessori and the Classical Tradition A close look at Montessori’s theory of education reveals that it is actually a particular implementation of a classical education. Isn’t it?
The Montessori System Charlotte Mason evaluates the Montessori method in this vintage 1915 Parents’ Review article.
Three Educational Idylls Charlotte Mason’s 1912 article in which she defines her legacy relative to Harriet Finlay-Johnson and Maria Montessori.



Ask Art #3 – Scaffolding Art Middlekauff and Ashley Olander explore the role and appropriateness of scaffolding in a Charlotte Mason education.
Building Without Scaffolds Ashley Olander explores the history of scaffolding as a teaching strategy and its relevance to a Charlotte Mason education.
Sharing the Effort To Know Ashley Olander explains the role of teacher planning and lesson preparation in the Charlotte Mason method.
Lesson Preparation The slides from Ashley Olander’s presentation at the 2019 Charlotte Mason Soirée Conference.
The Meeting Elsie Kitching’s 1921 plea to teachers to not come between the child and his meeting with the mountain of knowledge.
A Liberal Education H.W. Household explains how the Charlotte Mason method is implemented rural areas in this 1929 vintage article: the child “must have liberty to deal with knowledge in his own way, the way natural to him, and not in our way.”
The Teaching Methods of Charlotte Mason and the PNEU At an international conference on education in 1931, one speaker came with answers. His name was H.W. Household, and his answers are still relevant today.


Charlotte Mason’s Theology

The Sacrament of Education Art Middlekauff explains Charlotte Mason’s sacramental understanding of education. Recorded live at the Charlotte Mason Living Retreat.
For Whose Sake? Art Middlekauff’s 2008 response to classical educator Aimee Natal who concluded that Charlotte Mason’s method is “not for the children’s sake.”
Charlotte Mason’s Theology: Orthodoxy or Innovation? A study of whether a precedent for Charlotte Mason’s theological ideas can be found in the broad history of Christian doctrine.
Charlotte Mason’s Tabernacle When describing the human person, Charlotte Mason employs an analogy to the Old Testament “tabernacle in the wilderness.” See how this reveals a rich truth.
The World to Come Art Middlekauff explores Charlotte Mason’s theology of the afterlife.
Flesh and Blood Art Middlekauff explores Charlotte Mason’s theology of sanctification.
Charlotte Mason and Henrietta Franklin Bonnie Buckingham explores faith and friendship in the PNEU movement: Charlotte Mason and Henrietta Franklin.
Trop de Zèle Charlotte Mason’s unique and ground-breaking article from 1914 has been nearly forgotten for a century. Now it is available on the Internet for the very first time.
Women Must Weep During a time of prolonged national suffering, Charlotte Mason points her readers to the bread of life in this vintage article from 1915.
Miss Mason’s Message to the Children Her nation engulfed in war, Charlotte Mason had a message for the children. Read her words from 1915.
The National Mission Charlotte Mason explains the true foundation of revival in this 1916 Parents’ Review article introduced and read by Nicole Williams.
My Lady’s Hand Charlotte Mason’s unpublished handwritten poem entitled “My Lady’s Hand.”
Sermons on Faith H.C. Beeching’s “Eleven Sermons on Faith,” the source material for Chapter 13 of Charlotte Mason’s “Parents and Children.”


The Christian Year

The Nativity Spend your Advent with Charlotte Mason in this 1910 devotional that she wrote for The Parents’ Review, available now on the Internet for the very first time.
Waiting for the Light Nancy Kelly reflects on the meaning of Advent and invites us to enter the spirit of the season.
Aunt Mai’s Budget Christmas Letter The Christmas letter from Emeline Steinthal to the children in Parents’ Review volume 9, including a poem by G.K. Chesterton.
The Old, Old Story Charlotte Mason’s poetic celebration of Easter, printed on the opening pages of the April 1922 issue of The Parent’s Review.



Charlotte Mason’s Call to Parents According to Charlotte Mason, the effectiveness of and responsibility for education ultimately reside with parents.
The Loyal Parent Art Middlekauff draws from Mason, philosophy, and Scripture to explain the call of the loyal parent.
Building Their Houses: Thoughts from the Dads At the 2018 Living Education Retreat, we were blessed to hear from five seasoned CM homeschool dads, including Art Middlekauff and Greg Rolling. It turned out to be a highlight of the weekend as their candid and sometimes surprising answers encouraged everyone.
On Distraction How is it that we can have everything planned and organized, and yet still not follow through? Brittney McGann explores the answer.
Highest Thinking and Simplest Living At the Living Education Retreat in 2017, Mary Beuving told an extraordinary story about how living with less means living with more. It is a story of love.
The Lessons of an Only Child Antonella Greco explains how the fullness of a Charlotte Mason education can be experienced in a one-child family.
Faithful Be, For the Children’s Sake Brittney McGann reflects on a hymn written by Essex Cholmondeley, Charlotte Mason’s biographer.
Of Punishments Does the Charlotte Mason philosophy allow for punishment? Essayist Edith Escombe takes on this question in a vintage 1905 Parents’ Review article.
Learning Styles and Charlotte Mason Karen Andreola, veteran homeschool mother and author, explains how Charlotte Mason answers the puzzling question of children’s varied learning styles.
The Home School Charlotte Mason gives guidance to home educators in this vintage article from 1892.
All Important Things Maria Bell tells the story of how she and her little persons walked in the paths of beauty and heard whispers of His voice.



A Physician’s Look at Charlotte Mason’s Views Dr. Kent Handfield examines Charlotte Mason’s medical claims and health advice in light of modern medical research.
A Physician’s Look at Charlotte Mason’s Views on Food Dr. Kent Handfield examines Charlotte Mason’s food claims and dietary advice in light of modern medical research.
Educated Tastes Anna Migeon explains how Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of atmosphere, discipline, and life extends to the dinner table.
Smart About Your Wool Stacie Johnson explains how Charlotte Mason insists on the best atmosphere for a child to learn, whether it be living books, food, or even clothing.



Twice Blessed In this exclusive excerpt from her new book, Karen Andreola explains how home education and Mother Culture® lead to a double blessing.
A Mother Without a Governess An “average mother” of 1919 shares her experience with Charlotte Mason’s method, observing time-table and syllabus, and making use of living books.
Letters From Mothers Eleven mothers from around the world used Charlotte Mason’s method and shared their stories in 1924. Now you can read their stories online for the first time.
How the PUS Helps a Young Mother How can an ordinary mother implement the Charlotte Mason method? An ordinary mother shows how. Read or hear her story, as relevant today as it was in 1927.
From an Ordinary Mother’s View Point Who is the Charlotte Mason method for? Experts and professionals, or ordinary parents? Hear an ordinary mother’s answer from Down Under, 1929.


Men and Boys

A New Adventure A testimony of the impact of Charlotte Mason’s ideas on the heart and life of a father.
A Dangerous Adventure Art Middlekauff shares the rest of his Charlotte Mason story, a journey that enters the darkness of night.
Mother Culture Art Middlekauff explores “Mother Culture” — the nineteenth-century version, and a version for today.
A Look in the Mirror Greg Rolling wrestles with the question of whether the Bible is really changing his life. Could Charlotte Mason have the answer?
Savage or Manly? Art Middlekauff explores the notions of masculinity and manliness in the context of a Charlotte Mason education.
Idyll Challenge 2.0 Art Middlekauff issues a challenge inviting men to join him in reading through the six volumes in two years — again.
The Idyll Challenge An online reading and discussion group for men to read Charlotte Mason’s six educational volumes in two years.


Church and Community

Finding My Place in Charlotte Mason: Making a Community Brittney McGann shares the challenges and joys of finding a place in a Charlotte Mason community.
Making a Charlotte Mason Community Brittney McGann shares ideas that can help you establish your own Charlotte Mason community.
The God of Living Ideas Can Charlotte Mason’s ideas be applied to educational ministries in the church and home? Amanda Kunzeman points to the answer.
Sunday Schools Miss G. Swinburne of Melbourne, Australia explains the underlying ideas of the Charlotte Mason method and how to apply them in practice in this vintage 1923 article.
A Letter Towards Sunday School with Charlotte Mason Brittney McGann shares a proposal for how to incorporate Charlotte Mason’s philosophy into a church setting.
You Lost Me at Charlotte Mason How can we share and promote Charlotte Mason’s ideas outside of our homeschooling circles? Read Brittney McGann’s encouraging and helpful answer.
Dear Ex-Students Brittney McGann shares about the lighter side of life at Charlotte Mason’s inimitable House of Education.
A House of the Holy Spirit The roles that home and church plan in spiritual formation in a Charlotte Mason paradigm.
A Synergy of Faith and Education Do education and faith belong to two separate spheres of life? Or are they united? Jennifer Bascom tells the story of how she discovered her answer.
A Graced Life in Christ Seeking to affirm a graced life in Christ as total living commitment: a coffee table chat with Steve and Marcia Mattern.
Christian Conflict with the Inklings Brittney McGann and Brandy Vencel discuss the creative dynamic of the Inklings and discover living ideas for the Charlotte Mason community today.


The Home Education Series

The Truth About Volume 6 What is the meaning and purpose of Charlotte Mason’s sixth and final volume? Morgan Conner digs into the history of the PNEU and discovers the truth.
The Reception of Volume 6 Morgan Conner explores how Charlotte Mason’s final volume was received and used by the PNEU.
Ourselves A teacher shares her experiences using Ourselves with a class of children in this vintage 1909 article.
Translation of Parents and Children pp. 117-118 The official translation of the quotation on pages 117-118 of Charlotte Mason’s Parents and Children.


The History of the PNEU

Ask Art #2: What Happened? Art Middlekauff and Ashley Olander explore the often-ask question, “What happened to the PNEU?” and how these lessons from history apply to us today.
Reminiscences H.W. Household’s final tribute to Charlotte Mason as a person, and to her method as a philosophy.


The Saviour of the World

Introducing “The Saviour of the World” An essay by Art Middlekauff explaining the purpose, structure, and intended use of The Saviour of the World.
The Saviour of the World Charlotte Mason’s seven volumes of original poetry available for reading and downloading in a variety of digital formats.
Using “The Saviour of the World” With Logos Bible Software Now you can view Charlotte Mason’s poetry on your phone, tablet, or desktop!
Tools for You Several new resources are available to help you better understand and apply the Charlotte Mason method.
The Saviour of the World A Delectable Education Podcast in which Art Middlekauff shares about a lesser-known, but very important work by Charlotte Mason herself – her poetic reflections on the Life of Christ entitled The Saviour of the World.
Bible Lesson for the Upper Forms—Immersion A Delectable Education Podcast in which Art Middlekauff leads an immersion class to demonstrate how The Saviour of the World was incorporated in a lesson.


Early Years

The Mind of a Child Charlotte Mason lays out principles and practices for education in the early years in this vintage article from 1917.
The Religious Training of Children at Home A mother of five shares her wisdom on her special work in life: the religious education of her children. From the 1917 Baby Number.
The Child in the Garden A graduate of the House of Education who later became a mother tells the story of how a garden revealed a truth of the Charlotte Mason method.
Reading in the Nursery What role do books play in a Charlotte Mason education for the early years? And which books should you choose? Here is the vintage answer.
Nature in the Nursery In the “Baby Number,” a House of Education graduate explains the role of nature and the outdoors in the teaching of the little ones.
The Training of the Artistic Perception Artist and author Hermione Unwin provides wisdom, inspiration, and guidance to all parents in this vintage article introduced and read by Maria Bell.


Bible Lessons

Mason’s Program for Bible Lessons Art Middlekauff presents Charlotte Mason’s progressive program of Scripture study, a program that is breathtaking in its simplicity, elegance, and efficacy.
New Testament Studies in the Higher Forms A series of articles by Art Middlekauff describing New Testament studies for Forms III-VI in a Charlotte Mason education.
New Testament Lessons
Old Testament Studies in the Higher Forms Art Middlekauff proposes an Old Testament studies rotation for forms III-VI based on the PNEU programmes and the writings of Charlotte Mason.
Bible Teaching House of Education graduate Eleanor Frost explains how Bible lessons are conducted for all ages in Charlotte Mason’s Parents’ Union School.
Lections for Life Art Middlekauff explores the habit of private daily Bible reading, with special reference to the resource most commonly assigned in the PNEU programmes.
Lections for Inspection Art Middlekauff inspects an actual copy of the resource assigned in the PNEU programmes for private daily Bible reading: “Lectiones by Spottiswoode.”
My Compass A story about faith formation using the Charlotte Mason method.
Poetic Bible Lessons A Scholé Sisters podcast in which Brandy Vencel interviews Art Middlekauff about the Bible lesson practices of Charlotte Mason.
The Role of Knowledge in Moral Development The slides from Art Middlekauff’s presentation at the 2016 CMI Western Conference.
The Four Gospels by Walsham How Printer-friendly PDF’s of the commentary used by the PNEU for the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John.
The Teaching of Scripture Two experienced PNEU teachers explore various aspects of Bible lessons in a pair of vintage Parents’ Review articles.
P.N.E.U. Methods of Teaching Scripture Two experienced PNEU teachers explore various aspects of Bible lessons in a pair of vintage Parents’ Review articles.


Nature Study

Nature Notebooks in the 21st Century What goes into a nature notebook? Art Middlekauff surveys the writings of Charlotte Mason and The Parents’ Review to find a pattern for today.
Into God’s Out-of-doors Nicole Handfield heeded an invitation, and she proposes that you do the same. Join her on a nature notebooking journey that begins today.
Nature Notebook Phases Nicole Handfield continues her series on nature notebooking by explaining how to get started.
Supplies for Nature Notebooking Nicole Handfield shares her favorite supplies for observing nature and capturing it in the nature notebook.
How to Keep a Nature Note-Book Agnes Drury sums up three decades of House of Education nature notebook experience in this vintage Parents’ Review article from 1941.
Nature Note Books Agnes Drury surveys the history and practice of nature notebooks in this vintage Parents’ Review article from 1952.
Nature Study, by Agnes Drury Agnes Drury, director of the scientific work at the House of Education, provides practical guidance on nature study in this vintage 1913 article.
Nature Study, by Christine Cooper Interested in nature study but not sure how to get started? Learn from House of Education student Christine Cooper. Introduced and read by Nicole Williams.
The Teaching of Nature Study Parents’ Union School headmistress Violet Curry explains the breadth and depth of nature study in this vintage 1925 article.
A Look and Gesture of Delight Jonathan Cavett’s nature walks with his boys were filled with tension and anxiety, until…
From Urbanite to Conservationist Stacie Johnson tells the unlikely story of how Charlotte Mason convinced a city-slicker to go outside. A lot.
Lessons of Rush-Bearing This 1926 sermon of Rev. Francis Lewis, delivered at St. Mary’s in Ambleside, explains how we should view nature, and how nature should impact us.
As For Knowing the Thing Itself “I don’t say but you may get to know about most things from books, but as for knowing the thing itself, let me be introduced by him that knew it before me!”
Reflections on “A Sense of Place” A story of how nature study and the science of relations draws us closer to our place, our environment, and our home.



Physics the Charlotte Mason Way A series of articles by Richele Baburina on the teaching of physics the Charlotte Mason way.
Living Lessons in Physics
The Teacher of Physics



Mathematics Irene Stephens explains the fundamental principle of living math in this classic 1912 Parents’ Review article.
Number: A Figure and a Step Onward Irene Stephens introduces a complete scheme of Arithmetic instruction in this classic 1929 Parents’ Review article.
Charlotte Mason Math: A Guided Journey A practical step-by-step demonstration of how Charlotte Mason taught elementary arithmetic from beginning numbers through fractions.
Charlotte Mason and Math: A Mountain Perspective Join Richele Baburina for a guided journey through the Principality of Mathematics in the Mason classroom from the early years through high school.
Multiplication Using Charlotte Mason Methods Richele Baburina explains how to teach multiplication using the Charlotte Mason method.
Teacher Training 30-39 A sample lesson plan by Richele Baburina for teaching the numbers 30-39.
The Teaching of Mathematics to Young Children The classic 1911 text by Irene Stephens which established how we teach mathematics in the Charlotte Mason method.


Reading and Literature

First Reading Lessons Art Middlekauff digs deep into Charlotte Mason’s writings to uncover a living way to teach a child to read.
How We Teach Literature House of Education graduate Daphne Chaplin explains how literature is taught in the Charlotte Mason method, in this vintage 1913 Parents’ Review article.


Narration and Writing

Narration the Charlotte Mason Way H.W. Household’s 1924 memorandum to PNEU schools clarifying how narration lessons should be conducted.
Ask Art #1 – Creative Writing Art Middlekauff tackles his first tough question from a reader. This questioner asks how Charlotte Mason may have taught creative writing.
Rosalind An original short story by Anesley Middlekauff.
A Senior’s All-Hallows E’en Nightmare A House of Education student meets all kinds of interesting people during the day. But you’ll never guess who she meets in a dream one night!
A Visit to Winterland A Charlotte Mason education overflows into a touching Christmas story by a student from another era.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus A Charlotte Mason education overflows into a touching Christmas story by a student from another era.



First Grammar Lessons First Grammar Lessons by Charlotte Mason.



How We Teach History The final article in the “How We Teach” series from the 17th annual PNEU conference of 1913, providing practice guidance for a living education.
How to Make a History Chart A.G. Biggar discribes how to make a history chart in a Parents’ Review article from 1910.
The Book of Centuries and How to Keep One G. M. Bernau discusses what a Book of Centuries is and how to go about keeping one in a 1928 Parents’ Review article.
Catherine of Siena and Her Times A review of Saint Catherine of Siena and Her Times from the February, 1907 Parents’ Review.
From the Cell to the World Charlotte Mason wrote that the soul is a holy of holies where each man performs his priestly functions. How do we take this holy place into the world?



Out-of-Door Geography A sample lesson plan by Richele Baburina for teaching Out-of-Door Geography for Form I.
How We Teach Geography The third article in the “How We Teach” series from the 17th annual PNEU conference of 1913, providing practice guidance for a living education.



A Programme for Shakespeare Are all Shakespeare plays equally suited to a living education? Nancy Kelly surveys the PNEU programmes for insight.



A Programme for Plutarch Are all of Plutarch’s Lives equally suited to a living education? Nancy Kelly surveys the PNEU programmes for insight.
How We Teach Citizenship The fourth article in the “How We Teach” series from the 17th annual PNEU conference of 1913, providing practice guidance for a living education.



Ruminating on Recitation Maria Bell explores the role of recitation in the Charlotte Mason method and how it bring persons into relationship with living truth.



Getting Started with Brush Drawing Richele Baburina explains everything you and your children need to get started with brush drawing the Charlotte Mason way.
A Palette for Beginners Emeline Steinthal’s simple 9-color palette that she recommended for beginners, adapted for contemporary use by Richele Baburina.
Form I Brush Drawing Lesson A sample brush drawing lesson for Form I adapted from Emeline Steinthal by Richele Baburina.
Subjects for Spring Emeline Steinthal assigns a subject for painting in this vintage 1899 article from Aunt Mai’s Budget.
Early Drawing Lessons House of Education graduate Lucy Gore explains why and how all children should learn to draw in this vintage article from 1922.


Picture Study

Picture Study The fifth article in the “How We Teach” series from the 17th annual PNEU conference of 1913, providing practice guidance for a living education.



Sloyd, An Interview with Brittney McGann Charlotte Mason was a proponent of the instruction in Sloyd. What is it, and when and how is it taught? Emily Kiser interviews Brittney McGann, who has researched the topic and practiced this subject in her home and has many practical tips to share and resources to recommend.
The Living Principles of Sloyd A series of articles by Brittney McGann explaining the philosophy of sloyd, how it was taught, and why we should teach it today.
Teaching Paper Sloyd
Teaching Cardboard Sloyd
Cardboard Sloyd R. A. Pennethorne presents the physical, mental, and moral benefits of sloyd and explains how cardboard sloyd should be taught and practiced.
Harmonious Relations J.W. Devonshire discusses the many and varied benefits of sloyd in this vintage article from the 1905 L’Umile Pianta.
Manual Training Educational pioneer Margaret McMillan spoke to the PNEU in 1898 about the value of manual training such as afforded by sloyd. Read or hear her words today.
The Value of Manual Training in Education Why is “manual training” an essential part of education for all? Dr. Roger Goodman answers the question in this vintage 1915 article.



A Journey in Musical Appreciation Dawn Tull uncovers the genesis of music appreciation in the PNEU and traces its early history in this original article.
Music Appreciation in the PNEU Dawn Tull traces the development of music appreciation in the golden age of the PNEU in this original article.
A Tradition of Music Appreciation Dawn Tull reveals the ongoing tradition of music appreciation in the PNEU in this original article.
Reflections on Music Appreciation Dawn Tull surveys the historical practices of the PNEU to identify the principles that guided all aspects of music appreciation lessons.
Musical Appreciation Class Vintage article covering an overview of Music Appreciation lessons from L’Umile Pianta in 1914.
Musical Appreciation Mrs. Howard Glover gives an outline of a musical appreciation lesson in this vintage article quoted by Charlotte Mason in volume 6.
Worship, War, and Musical Drill A series of articles by Heidi Buschbach on Charlotte Mason’s program for musical drill, dancing, and rhythmic games.
Musical Drill Practices
Rhythm In Music Dorothy Walker explains the importance of training in rhythm as part of a living education in this vintage Parents’ Review article from 1914.
A Few Remarks on Music Teaching Ever since it was published in 1926, this article by W. H. Leslie was the standard guide for singing instruction in the P.U.S programmes. Now it’s back.
Our Relations with Music and Art Ella Glover’s landmark 1902 paper which inspired the music appreciation program of the PNEU.
Music Cedric Glover, the one-time “musical baby,” issues a call to develop a “nation of intelligent listeners” in this vintage 1926 article.
The Term’s Music A review of The Term’s Music, by Cedric Howard Glover, from The Parents’ Review in 1925.
Our Music Appreciation Kathleen Hugman outlines the history of Music Appreciation in the PNEU in a 1952 Parents’ Review article.
Music Appreciation in the 21st Century What should we do for music appreciation? Dawn Tull surveys the legacy of Charlotte Mason and the Parents’ Review to find a pattern for today.


George Frideric Handel

Handel Music for the Parents’ Review School in 1908 by Mrs. Howard Glover.
Handel Music Programme for the Autumn Term in 1912 by Miss H. M. Cruse.
Handel Programme Of Music, Summer Term, 1917 by M. Beatrice Parker.
Handel Forty-Eighth Programme Of Music, Autumn Term, 1920 by C. Harris Amey.
Music Programme 59 Fifty-Ninth Programme Of Music for the P.U.S., Summer Term, 1924 by Cedric Glover.
Programme of Music, P.U.S. Summer Term, 1924 Programme of Music, P.U.S. Summer Term, 1924, Handel, by Cedric Glover.
Handel, 1685—1759 K. E. Limbert’s music programme for the 1929 Spring Term of the P.U.S.
P.U.S. Gramophone Club A listing of the recordings of Handel’s music to be used in the 1929 Spring Term.
Handel, 1685—1759 K. E. Limbert’s music programme for the 1933 Autumn Term of the P.U.S.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Margaret Russell gives a biography and music overview of George Frideric Handel in a 1969 article in The PNEU Journal.



The Father’s Embrace Art Middlekauff explains how earning a second language opens doors to colleagues, doors to neighbors, and doors to heaven.
On Teaching French To Young Children House of Education graduate Marjorie Evans explores living elements of French instruction in this vintage 1909 paper.



The Cloud of Witness Calendar A daily guide to The Cloud of Witness devotional based on the current liturgical calendar.
Introducing Saviour of the World Volume 7 Hidden in a folder for 100 years and now made public for the first time, the first poem to be released from Charlotte Mason’s seventh poetry volume.
Poems About Cancer A collection of original poems by Art Middlekauff.



Parents’ Union School Time Tables Parents’ Union School time tables for all forms, harmonized from four sources.


High School

Charlotte Mason and the SAT Art Middlekauff tells a story about how a Charlotte Mason education prepares a student for the SAT, and for life.
Examination 82 for Forms V and VI The examination questions from the earliest known portion of a Form V or VI PNEU Programme (1918).


Student Testimonies

Growing Up with Charlotte Mason Anesley Middlekauff shares about her experience growing up with the Charlotte Mason method. Recorded live at the Charlotte Mason Living Retreat.
A Journey with The Scarlet Letter Homeschool student Anesley Middlekauff tells the story of how narration unlocked a treasure for her.



Vector Smart A free app for performing 2D vector calculations quickly and easily on the iPhone. Available from the App Store.



Worth Reconsidering This Dr. Jen Spencer’s endorsement of Art Middlekauff’s article entitled “Reconsidering Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition.”
A Narration of Reconsidering Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition A narration of Art Middlekauff’s article “Reconsidering Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition” on the Eventide blog.


In Print

Charlotte Mason and the Great Recognition An introduction to and exposition of Charlotte Mason’s Great Recognition. Includes six beautiful full-color prints of the frescos in the Spanish Chapel in Florence.
Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, Volume 1 Published by the Charlotte Mason Institute in June, 2014, this book contains several plenaries and research papers collected from CMI Conferences over the past decade.
Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, Volume 2 Published by the Charlotte Mason Institute in June, 2015, this book contains several plenaries collected from recent CMI Conferences as well as an article by Mason.
Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching Learn how Charlotte Mason taught math from beginning numbers through algebra and geometry. A ground-breaking handbook that reveals what every parent-teacher wants to know about Charlotte’s life-related approach to mathematics.
The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 1 Everything you need for an enjoyable year of Grade 1 math lessons in a Charlotte Mason way. Published by Simply Charlotte Mason in 2017.
The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 2 Everything you need for an enjoyable year of Grade 2 math lessons in a Charlotte Mason way. Published by Simply Charlotte Mason in 2019.
Brush Drawing: A Basic Course This watercolor course in brush drawing features carefully prepared lessons that take students step-by-step from the most basic brush exercises to beginning painting from nature.
Paper Modelling A reprint of the classic paper sloyd book used by the PNEU, with an introduction by Brittney McGann. Published by Living Library Press.
Cardboard Modelling A reprint of the classic cardboard sloyd book used by the PNEU, with an introduction by Brittney McGann. Published by Living Library Press.