Instead of reading textbooks, students should be reading ‘living books’. When we decided to home-educate our children (with the help of the Lord), an almost irresistible urge seized me to find great ‘living books’ for use as our school readers.
Charlotte Mason was an educator from England who believed that education had three facets: a discipline, an atmosphere and a way of life.
She believed we should use ‘Living books’ to teach children thoughts and ideas that breathed life, not the dry facts in textbooks. As a result, her approach is the opposite of the textbook approach. Living books are more story-like, they don’t simply present information, and their authors are passionate about their topic.