Get to Know Charlotte Mason
We follow a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling. Here are some of the top books to introduce you to Charlotte Mason ideas and how to practice the values of Charlotte Mason education in your home and as you interact and help in our co-op.
Know and Tell by Karen Glass (on the Art of Narration)
A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola (Good synthesis of a lot of the Charlotte Mason ideas and philosophy)
The Original Homeschooling Series by Charlotte Mason
Teaching from Rest and The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
Websites on CM Method and Great Books
Here are some websites that have a plethora of information and helps to guide you in homeschooling in the Charlotte Mason method. All of these sites will offer great book lists!
Ambleside Online for free CM curriculum, reading lists, etc
Simply Charlotte Mason for curriculum, instruction, advice, etc
A Humble Place - Charlotte Mason resources, especially art study help
Schole Sisters on the Schole perspective about teaching from rest
Pam Barnhill with morning baskets and help with planning
Read Aloud Revival by Sarah Mackenzie including booklists galore, tons of online tutorials and teachings for you and the kids in topics like writing, reading aloud, planning; great author interviews, etc.
Looking to challenge yourself and your kids to read more broadly? Try the Literary Life Reading Challenges.
Read Aloud Book Recommendations
In addition to the websites above that offer reading lists, here are some books with good lists:
Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families by Sarah and Sally Clarkson
Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) has a great books list for all ages here.
Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
Extensive book lists from Read Aloud Revival
Sarah Mackenzie and Read Aloud Revival
Schole Sisters, The New Mason Jar, Literary Life Podcast
Simply Charlotte Mason
Legal Information and Testing
Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
how to join to be protected legally and receive other membership benefits.
Home Educators Association of VA (HEAV)
End of Year Testing and SATs
See the links above under HEAV to find out about requirements for testing. The following sites have testing available through their website.
Bob Jones University (BJU) Testing Services. IOWA, Stanford, CogAT, etc.
Seton Testing - has IOWA, CAT, Stanford 10, TerraNova. Testing comparison here.
Academic Excellence - Untimed, unscheduled CAT test.