The CMEC wants to support all families with the life-giving ideas of Charlotte Mason.
Day-to-day life with young children can be overwhelming and tiring, but Charlotte Mason had so many wonderful ideas for the early years.
While Mason did not start formal schooling until age six, she offered foundational principles and practices that lay the basis for the years ahead. CMEC member families have grown to love the delightful, varied, and rich occupations for our youngest children. We want for our little ones to experience the full “child-life,” or Kinderleben, doing activities developmentally appropriate for their age, building good habits, and soaking up all that their natural world offers for them. We have seen the dangers of rushing too quickly ahead, pushing too hard too early. Mason’s approach was based on broad experience, learned by the PNEU and still observed by teachers and psychologists today, that providing children with this "quiet, growing time" will prepare the fertile soil needed for the rest of their life.
So even if your children are little, there are good reasons to join the CMEC!
Our Kinderleben Guide
The CMEC doesn’t schedule a formal curriculum for our Kinderleben students, but instead offers a guide with suggested reading, activities, habits, and more, as well as direction for the Kinderleben mother in cultivating a joyful learning year with littles.
Kinderleben Form Meetings
There are three Form meetings each year, one per term, for Kinderleben parents to receive guidance, ask questions, and meet with moms of similarly-aged children around the country. It is such a nice way to get tapped into a vibrant community that shares your vision for family life and the joys and struggles of early childhood.
Form Leader Support
Members are invited to contact their Form leader throughout the term with questions. These questions may be answered immediately or may be sent along to the CMEC team to be answered live during the Form Meetings.
We provide special reading from the Parents’ Review geared toward the early years. In the 30s and 40s, the addition of a "Playroom" option was added in Mason's schools, and several useful articles and pamphlets were put out specifically regarding the teaching of children ages 0-5. These articles that give so many sound, practical ideas on what learning in early childhood ought to look like!
Training for Future Homeschooling
All members of the CMEC are welcome to attend our retreats, workshops and Mother’s Education Course. These provide a great way to direct your energy as you prepare to homeschool.
For example, the 2020-21 Mother’s Education Course will move subject by subject through the Mason curriculum. What an amazing head start a young mother would have by tackling this coursework!
“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air. And this, not for the gain in bodily health alone––body and soul, heart and mind, are nourished with food convenient for them when the children are let alone, let to live without friction and without stimulus amongst happy influences which incline them to be good.” (Home Education, page 43)
We hope you will find our program to be just the support you are looking for in securing those "quiet growing years"
while preparing for more joyful years of learning ahead.