Charlotte’s Web Daycare Adventures
1827 Pointe Meadow Loop W
Lehi, UT 84043
“The Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling was named after Charlotte Mason. Charlotte was a British teacher who invested her life in improving the quality of children’s education. She believed that we need to educate the whole child, not just their mind. She believed that, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”
THE ATMOSPHERE OF CHARLOTTE MASON Style
The atmosphere in the home is so important. We can create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning or one that is contrary. We can model learning for children by participating alongside them or we can show children that it is boring and therefore something they probably won’t be interested in either. Charlotte believed that who we are as people, our ideas, values, and personality… make up 1/3 of our children’s learning.
THE DISCIPLINE OF THE CHARLOTTE MASON HOMESCHOOL
Charlotte believed that teaching our children to be disciplined, to develop essentially good habits, will form 1/3 of their education. For example, Charlotte Mason teaching do a lot of copy work. Through repetition and teaching our children the value of working hard and doing our best, they will have the discipline they need to succeed in their education. Many curriculums that are Charlotte Mason inspired recommend doing less with higher expectation, rather than doing too much and risking your children doing their work with a lazy or half-hearted attitude.
THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE MASON teachings
One of the key phrases you’ll hear in the Charlotte Mason homeschool method is “Living Books”. Essentially, these are stories written by experts on the subject who are passionate about it and make it come to life for our children. She didn’t believe in busywork, she believed that learning should be intentional and if we are giving our children a worksheet to do it should be meaningful, not a coloring sheet with no purpose. She thought children needed experiences to give them a framework for learning. She advocated for lots of time spent exploring, and outside enjoying God’s creation!
She believed that children should have a “feast” of learning in front of them, exposing them to a vast array of subjects, thoughts, and ideas so that they were exposed to a wide variety and able to find what interested them.
WHAT DOES THE CHARLOTTE MASON METHOD MEAN FOR MY children?
If you either are interested in Charlotte Mason style you will be able to talk to your children on their adventures in good literature to expand your children’s minds. We will be looking for living books that will bring different subjects to life for your kids. You will be going on nature walks and exploring poetry and museums and music! We will be modeling a love for learning for your kids, and always learning about new things. We will be intentional with school work, having lots of discussions about life, ideas, topics, interests, and more and teaching your children how to express themselves. You will look for opportunities to grow, learn, explore, and discuss new things in amongst the day. You will be going on a journey together with your children! And what a ride it will be!” 
We also incorporate the Montessori method. “The Montessori method views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
The last method that we include is the Thomas Jefferson Education, also known as “TJEd” or “Leadership Education” is a philosophy and methodology of education which is popular among some alternative educators, including private schools, charter schools and homeschoolers. It is based on the Seven Keys of Great Teaching and the Phases of Learning.
The “Foundational Phase” of TJEd is:
- Core (birth to 8+ years of age): right and wrong, good and bad, true and false, relationships, family values, family routines and responsibilities, learning accountability, and the value and love of work.
With these well rounded and balanced learning methods blended together, we believe that children will enjoy learning and appreciate the world around them.