Art and his wife Barbara have been home educating their three children for more than a decade. Over this time, Art has been studying Charlotte Mason’s writings and applying her living ideas to his family’s homeschool. Art tells the story of how he discovered Charlotte Mason in an interview with the Charlotte Mason Soirée. His discovery of Charlotte Mason led to a dangerous adventure.
Art has written several essays about Charlotte Mason’s theology and philosophy which have been published in the two volumes of Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, published by Riverbend Press. Art walks in Mason’s theological tradition as a member of an Anglican church near Detroit, Michigan. Art can be reached by email.
Emily Kiser lives with her husband and three young children in the southwestern Virginia mountains. For the past eleven years she has operated a private lending library for local families full of living books. In that capacity she became acquainted with the teaching methods of Charlotte Mason and has devoted herself to learning as much as possible about the philosophy and practice of that great educational pioneer. It has been her great delight to help families implement the Charlotte Mason model of education locally through the Living Books Library, regionally by teaching seminars, and beyond with her Picture Study Portfolios and A Delectable Education Podcast. A perpetual student herself, Emily can imagine no greater joy than to share in the educational journey of her own children as they enjoy the feast of ideas and build relationships in as many directions as possible under the ultimate guidance of the Holy Spirit–the Supreme Educator of Mankind.
Liz Cottrill’s own education began when she was born into a family who loved and valued books, and books have been her greatest teachers. Twenty years later, she married and along came six children. Their decision to homeschool was based on her and her husband’s desire to give their children a deeper experience with learning, but they never guessed how much learning they were to begin themselves, especially after they discovered the educational method of an English educator named Charlotte Mason. Today four of their children are married and homeschooling seven grandchildren, and Liz is still in the thick of it with two boys who are at home. Ten years ago she and her oldest daughter, Emily, blithely ventured into the private lending library world to be able to share their large out-of-print book collection with other homeschool families, to increase the use of living books, and to increase their opportunities to share what they were learning about Charlotte Mason. Understanding who Mason was, and slowly over the years, how her method works, has made education a truly delectable experience for them. There has been an ever growing circle of other families who have joined them in this adventure of living out Mason’s ideas. They founded Living Books Library in 2006, and you can read her weekly blogs at LivingBooksLibrary.com.
Nicole Williams began homeschooling when her oldest child started kindergarten. She had a toddler at the time, and one on the way, but for those simple years it was just her and her little boy at the school table. Things became more complicated three years later, when a string of siblings began homeschooling with them, all of them older than her kids, all of them damaged learners, and several of them with learning disabilities as well. Homeschooling all of these children (up to 7 at one time) was like a trial by fire, and because of their various issues, she realized quickly that the only way to homeschool them successfully was by embracing Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods. Sometimes that meant venturing into areas that the CM community seemed to be avoiding, like high school science done in a “living” way, and adhering to a weekly schedule. Both of which she talks about extensively on her blog SabbathMoodHomeschool.com.
Before having children of her own, Richele Baburina was a venturer of faith and ardent student of Charlotte Mason’s applied philosophy of education, implementing Picture Talks as part of a museum docent program. As a humanities major, she found Mason’s statements regarding the “beauty and truth” of mathematics particularly intriguing and later, as a mother, wanted to experience that “delightful consciousness of drawing out…new power” in her own children. She is passionate about sharing how simple methods rest on profound, fundamental principles throughout Mason’s philosophy of education. She is the author of Mathematics, An Instrument for Living Teaching, the DVD-set Charlotte Mason Math: A Guided Journey, and the new Charlotte Mason’s Arithmetic Series: Book I. Her family harvests laughter and love in a tiny cabin in western Massachusetts.