Topical Index

Topical Index

Authentic Interpretation

Towards an Authentic Interpretation What is an authentic interpretation of Charlotte Mason’s writings? Why is it important?
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.
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.
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.
Ties that Bind Lisa Osika describes one of the more important attributes of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.


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.


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 20: The Great Recognition

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.


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

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?
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.
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.


Non-Classical Education

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?
Three Educational Idylls Charlotte Mason’s 1912 article in which she defines her legacy relative to Harriet Finlay-Johnson and Maria Montessori.


Charlotte Mason’s Theology

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.
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.
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..



Charlotte Mason’s Call to Parents According to Charlotte Mason, the effectiveness of and responsibility for education ultimately reside with parents.
On Distraction How is it that we can have everything planned and organized, and yet still not follow through? Brittney McGann explores the answer.
Faithful Be, For the Children’s Sake Brittney McGann reflects on a hymn written by Essex Cholmondeley, Charlotte Mason’s biographer.
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.



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.


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.
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.
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.
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.


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.


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.
Download The Saviour of the World Charlotte Mason’s six volumes of original poetry available for download 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!
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.


Bible Lessons

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.
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.


Nature Study

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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.


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.



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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.