This method is founded on the teachings of a 19th-century homeschooling pioneer. Study sessions are short (15 to 45 minutes), directed by the child’s interests, fairly flexible, and allow children to learn at their own pace. Learning time is often spent reading plays, biographies, and living books rather than listening to lectures. Nature plays a large role in this approach, emphasizing observation, memorization, and narration.
The Charlotte Mason (CM) approach is a good option for those who want their child to have plenty of choices about what and how to study. It is well-suited to young learners whose learning style is kinesthetic. Originally designed for K–6th grade, the CM approach looks to other materials to teach the higher grades. There is not a strong emphasis on math, science, or technology. Journaling one’s experiences and observations are preferred over quizzes and tests.