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06-14-2007, 10:39 PM
Ok, kind of a really uneducated question here, but I need to ask...

How does FIAR fit in with a Charlotte Mason style of schooling? I need to look up the details of Charlotte Mason...from what I understand from these boards, FIAR and Charlotte Mason are a perfect fit right???

I was speaking to a lady who is a potential homeschooler (pre-K) and was sharing how much I love FIAR. She seemed hesitant about FIAR because she was trying to do a "Charlotte Mason" style homeschool. :unsure:

She is going to look at my curriculum at a playdate and I would love to have some "talking points". KWIM?

Thanks in advance to all you lovely knowledgeable ladies!!!

Charity White
06-14-2007, 11:14 PM
Google Charlotte Mason. Her philosophies are a good fit with FIAR, I've found. Some consider her "classical" because of the types of subjects taught. That may be where the misunderstanding lies.

06-15-2007, 12:26 AM
There was a good thread about CM in The 3 Rs board a few weeks ago.

06-15-2007, 12:51 AM
Thanks Christie! I am looking at that thread now. Very interesting. I think I may learn something.

Julie in AZ
06-15-2007, 01:07 AM
Hi Alana :hi: ,
Here's a site I have bookmarked which has different approaches to homeschooling:



Candace C
06-15-2007, 07:27 AM
Hi Alana, I use FIAR as our "main thing" and also LOVE Charlotte Mason ideas! If you check out my blog, you will see how I use both. Here are a few links to what I've typed recently. Also, Heather in GA has a lot of Charlotte Mason ideas on her blog, which I love!

Here is Heather's homeschooling blog.


Here is a blog I got from Heather, but is EXCELLENT for checking out CM ideas.


My blog, link to CM entries. I mention a few links as well as books I'm reading on the subject.


The biggest things I incorporate into our education right now are: nature journaling, picture study, composer study, narration...


06-16-2007, 06:55 PM
I'd just posted a couple of days ago about where to start my 8 y/o son (my daughter is 4 and would start with BFIAR but I didn't want my son to feel like he was working backwards - well... it's all in my post - :lol: )

We've been HSing in a relaxed CM method year round for the last 2 years and I'm so glad to see these links & read that her education ideas mesh well with FIAR.

Thanks for all the links!


Lauri B
06-16-2007, 10:23 PM
We've been "doing" both CM and FIAR since 1994 (as well as a bit of Waldorf and the occasional foray into unschooling) and they're quite compatible as Charlotte Mason's approach isn't about what you use, but HOW you approach the child.

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8mnnp/cm20principles.html This is my article on Charlotte's 20 principles, and I have more CM articles here: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8mnnp/charlottemason.html

Candace C
06-17-2007, 07:19 AM
Lauri, those links are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!