I first heard about the Charlotte Mason method of education from my grandmother. As a young lady her mother had home taught her utilizing this method with great success. My grandmother scored the highest on her high school equivalency exam and continued to be a life long learner. There are many guidebooks on home education available today, however I have seen the proof that Charlotte's "the gentle art of learning" works. Karen Andreola has written the book in the style of having a gentle conversation with a friend over a cup of tea. I would highly recommend other books authored by Karen: A Pocketful of Pinecones, Beautiful Girlhood, and Simply Grammar.
This is my favorite book about homeschooling. Both Charlotte and Karen are wonderful mentors. I refer to it periodically when I need encouragement to persevere. I pulled it out yesterday and it was as if I were visiting with an old friend. The Charlotte Mason Companion is my #1 recommendation to any homeschooling parent, beginner or veteran.
If I could only have one reference book, I would have this one. When the days come of feeling overwhelmed, this book takes the edge off and reminds me that we need to step back from the noise and keep things simple!
Incredible book. I was looking for educational philosophy and found a parenting philosophy! It is perhaps the best book I've ever read on meeting the needs of children. I can't wait to implement the ideas. Thank you.