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.