9 Charlotte Mason Podcasts for Homeschooling Encouragement in 2022
If you’re looking for a Charlotte Mason podcast, then I’ve got good news. There are a TON of wonderful shows to support you in your homeschool!
Some offer encouragement and inspiration. Others specialize in strategies that you can implement in your homeschool.
Certain podcasts will appeal to you if you’re just starting out and want someone to point you in the right direction. Other podcasts speak to those of you who are in the trenches and need help troubleshooting specific challenges in your child’s education—or your own teaching approach.
With so many options, where do you start?
Well, I’ve compiled a list of all the best Charlotte Mason podcasts available so that you can get an idea of which one will address your needs.
Real quick before we begin. Let’s take a sec to ensure we’re on the same page.
Charlotte Mason was a 19th-century educator and reformer. She’s famous for her literature-based, nature-rich curriculum that focuses on educating the “whole child.” That means she believed education went beyond just the intellect. Her philosophy includes cultivating strong morals and ethics, and her curriculum consists of “living books,” which don’t convey dry textbook-style facts but instead capture the child’s imagination with big ideas and great storytelling.
Charlotte Mason’s motto is “I am, I can, I ought, I will.”
We talking about the same Miss. Mason? Okay, great!
Just a few more things. I’ve narrowed this list to only those podcasts that are
- active and still regularly broadcasting
- specific to Charlotte Mason (not homeschooling in general).
And, just so you know, all of these shows lean into Christianity in some form. Kinda comes with the territory of a Charlotte Mason education.
Without further ado, let’s find the best Charlotte Mason podcast for your needs right now.
1. Simply Charlotte Mason
Host: Sonya Shafer
Show description: Join popular author and speaker, Sonya Shafer, every week for timely encouragement and practical teaching tips to help you homeschool with the Charlotte Mason Method.
My take: I confess. I want to be Sonya Shafer when I grow up. She is so poised, well-spoken, and grounded. This woman is a true grownup, and every time I listen to her show, she inspires me to get my act together (and I mean that in the best of ways). The Simply Charlotte Mason website offers comprehensive resources for anyone who wants to teach the Charlotte Mason way.
This show offers a little of everything. Sonya has an ongoing series about the core values of Charlotte Mason, such as respect, honesty, and knowledge. She invites guests to talk about how they’ve started Charlotte Mason co-ops or organized their massive home libraries. Her episode history is full of very specific booklists, too, in which Sonya shares her favorite living books in various subject areas.
2. A Delectable Education
Hosts: Emily Kiser, Liz Cottrill, Nicole Williams
Show description: Through twice monthly conversations, three moms who have studied the Charlotte Mason method of education and put her ideas into practice in their homes join together to share with one another for the benefit of listeners by giving explanations of Mason’s principles and examples of those principles put into practice out of their own teaching experience. These short discussions aim at providing information, support, and encouragement for others by unfolding the myriad aspects.
My take: This Charlotte Mason podcast is for moms by moms, so you’ll get the inside scoop from parents who have actually done what you are trying to do. That’s why they offer lots of practical tips (how to do exams, combining multiple students, common nature study obstacles). But they also have big-picture mindset episodes on topics such as dealing with overwhelm.
This show is one of many great resources you’ll find at A Delectable Education. These ladies offer templates, planners, and other teaching resources. And they host a yearly conference!
3. The Charlotte Mason Show
Host: Julie H. Ross
Description: Welcome to The Charlotte Mason Show, a podcast dedicated to discussing Miss Mason’s philosophy, principles, and methods. It is our hope that each episode will leave you inspired and offer practical wisdom on how to provide this rich living education in your modern homeschool. With new episodes releasing every Monday, you can start off your week listening in on discussions with Charlotte Mason mammas, interviews with seasoned homeschool parents, and even Charlotte Mason 101 classes. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Pull up a chair! We are so glad you are here.
My take: This (mostly) interview-style Charlotte Mason podcast has been featuring a few intriguing, multi-episode series, such as Homeschooling Through Challenges ( divorce, death, and chronic illness). They have another Book Club series in which they’re reading through Charlotte Mason’s volumes and making Mason’s text accessible for modern moms. (Victorian English is hard to read!)
This podcast is in the same family as Homeschool.mom and the popular Homeschool Solutions Show podcast.
4. The New Mason Jar Podcast
Host: Cindy Rollins
Description: The New Mason Jar with Cindy Rollins explores the application of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy to the atmosphere, discipline, and life of our homes and schools. We cover Charlotte’s timeless principles as they work themselves out in our real and modern lives. Interviewing seasoned moms who have cherished Charlotte’s works while raising real children in real families, we endeavor to lay a foundation of hope and possibility for our listeners. However imperfectly.
My take: Cindy is such a joy to listen to! Each week, she interviews a guest about one specific topic related to homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way. I like how focused each episode is. You understand immediately whether or not it’ll help you. For example, recent discussions have been about adding more happiness to your homeschool day, helping a child with special needs, starting a Charlotte Mason co-op. The show offers a lot of variety to support you as you find your groove in Charlotte Mason education.
Here’s another of Cindy’s podcasts that I just adore.
5. Charlotte Mason Mastery
Host: Dollie Freman
Description: Actionable steps that will help you discover the parental and educational philosophies that forms strong faith, fruitful character, and wholesome conduct by supplying daily ideas that empower children to take ownership of their own education.
My take: Dollie’s podcast is one of the newer ones on this list, so it’s easy to scroll down to the first episodes and find some real gems that lay a great foundation for anyone who is new to the Charlotte Mason approach. For example, you can learn the basics of planning a liberal education, the role of the parent (and child), and how to approach habit training.
6. Charlotte Mason’s Volumes
Hosts: Min Hwang and Amanda Coleman
Description: Listen to Charlotte Mason’s volumes! This podcast is a ministry of Life-giving Motherhood, a nonprofit committed to nurturing Gospel-reliant moms, around the word, as they grow a legacy of faith – one habit at a time.
My take: Charlotte Mason wrote her educational philosophy and teaching approach in six classic volumes. But, what busy mom has time to actually read them?! Well, these two sweet homeschool mamas are lending a hand by reading the volumes aloud to you so that you can listen while you fold laundry, wash dishes, and kiss boo-boos. The episodes are less than 20 minutes long so you can digest Ms. Mason’s pithy words in bite-sized chunks.
The podcast is connected to Life-giving Motherhood, which has a membership community for CM mamas. Min Hwang is also involved in Charlotte Mason for All, which also includes a podcast, which is currently discontinued.
7. Modern Miss Mason
Host: Leah Boden
Description: A Charlotte Mason podcast helping you find freedom in her philosophy. Conversations around childhood, motherhood & education.
My take: Here’s another podcast that’s still in its early days. Leah Boden is a UK-based advocate for Charlotte Mason homeschooling, and her interview-style show features many well-known names in the homeschooling world. She shares practical tips, but the discussions help to bring us out of the everyday details so that we can see the big picture and remind ourselves of why we’re doing what we’re doing—and how much it matters. As she says, it’s about “finding freedom” not weighing ourselves down.
8. The Commonplace
Host: Autumn Kern
Description: The Commonplace is a podcast for new homeschooling moms to get their bearings in the classical Charlotte Mason world.
My take: Classical Charlotte Mason homeschooling can seem a bit intimidating if you’re, well, just a regular person. Once you do a little digging into what a classical, CM-based curriculum actually looks like, you may wonder if you’re equal to reading ancient texts, learning Latin, and brushing up on your philosophers. The Commonplace, a relatively new podcast, is here to help. Autumn writes, “The Commonplace podcast exists to bridge the gap between the starting line of the homeschooling journey and the resources in the classical world.” So, newbies are definitely welcome here!
9. Charlotte Mason Poetry
Description: Charlotte Mason Poetry is dedicated to promoting Charlotte Mason’s living ideas. We strive to share an authentic interpretation of Mason’s life work through a combination of original and vintage articles by a wide variety of authors. Our team draws from and transcribes many rare and wonderful documents from the PNEU many of which cannot be found anywhere else on the web.
My take: So, that sounds kind of neat, doesn’t it? This is a terrific podcast if you’re interested in diving into original, historical works from Charlotte Mason’s time (that are read aloud for you because, hey, you’re busy homeschooling)! This podcast is very much a team effort, spearheaded by Art Middlekauff and his wife.
Just FYI, PNEU stands for Parents’ National Educational Union, a British organization from back in the day that provided resources and support for teachers and parents who wanted to use Charlotte Mason methods.
Did Charlotte Mason write a book?
It’s easy to find Charlotte Mason podcasters and mentors, but are you interested in actually reading the words of the woman herself? Ambleside.org has a free version of all six of Charlotte Mason’s volumes translated from Victorian English to modern vernacular. Amazing labor of love, right? You can also purchase a print or Kindle version.
But what about YOUR literature-based education?
If you’re interested in Charlotte Mason’s literature-based philosophy, then chances are good that you’re a reader yourself. Mama, don’t forget to nourish your own beautiful reading life, even as you devote yourself to helping your children develop theirs. That’s where The Book Devotions can help!
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