Recommended Resources for Educating Persons

If you would like to learn more about Charlotte Mason’s Twenty Principles, I have collected a range of resources for you to enjoy. Below you will find suggestions from Charlotte Mason’s own volumes, blog posts and podcasts, and more modern books that pick up on her principles without discussing her ideas outright.

If you prefer, you can download the entire list here.

Where relevant, I have linked to the author or publisher’s page so that you can find more information about the publication. If you choose to purchase, I recommend searching second hand through a website like AbeBooks (referral link).

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In Her Own Words

Chapters 1-9, Towards a Philosophy of Education


In Vital Harmony by Karen Glass

“The Spirit and the Letter of a Charlotte Mason Education” by Karen Glass

“Persons not Products” by Amy Fischer

Chapter One: Personhood

In Her Own Words

“Self-knowledge” Ourselves Chapters 1-3

“Docility and Authority in the Home and School” School Education Chapters 1-2


“The Use and Misuse of Charlotte Mason’s First Principle” by Brandi Vencel

Why Did She Have to Say That? By Karen Glass

A Muddy Principle Made Clear by Karen Glass

“Training and Restraining” from Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty

In the Wild

The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch

Chapter Two: Tools

In Her Own Words

“A Master-Thought” School Education, Chapter 14

“Parents as Inspirers” Parents and Children, Chapter 4

“Habit is Ten Natures” Home Education, Part III


Before Curriculum by Amy Fischer

“Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling” podcast episode from Homeschool Conversations

The Atmosphere of the Home” by MF Jerrold in The Parents’ Review

In the Wild

The Thriving Child by William Stixrud

You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Chapter Three: Mind

In Her Own Words

“My Lord Intellect” Ourselves, Book I, Part II, Chapter 2

“Some Educational Theories Examined” School Education, Chapter 6

“The CurriculumTowards a Philosophy of Education, Chapter 10


“An Oyster and a Jewel” by Lynn Bruce

“Education is the Science of Relations” by Karen Glass

“Charlotte Mason’s 10th and 11th Principles” by Leah Martin

In the Wild

How to Think by Alan Jacobs

Chapter Four: Method

In Her Own Words

“School-Books and How They Make for Education” School Education, Chapter 15

“How to Use School-Books” School Education, Chapter 16

“The Art of Narrating” Home Education, Part V, Chapter 9


Know and Tell by Karen Glass

“The Art of Writing” part one and part two, The Literary Life podcast with Karen Glass

Charlotte Mason Narration in Action podcast episode from the Thinking Love Podcast

In the Wild

A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley

Range by David Epstein

Breaking Bread with the Dead by Alan Jacobs

Chapter Five: Purpose

In Her Own Words

“My Lord Chief Attorney-General, Reason” Ourselves, Book I, Part II, Chapter VI.

“The Will” Ourselves, Book II, Part II

“The Great Recognition Required of Parents” Parents and Children, Chapter 25


“Your Strong-willed Child…Isn’t” by Brandy Vencel

“Teaching Our Children the Way of the Reason” by Brandy Vencel

“The Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher” podcast episode from Thinking Love

In the Wild

Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroien

In Search of the Common Good by Jake Meador