Friday, April 1, 2016

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Part 3: Enrichment Studies

This is part 3 of my Charlotte Mason Homeschooling blog series. Click below to read the other parts!

Day 1: The Early Years
Day 2: Multiple Ages
Day 3: Enrichment Studies

When I first started really researching the Charlotte Mason method, Enrichment Studies were my biggest doubts. After all, I don't know much about famous artists and composers and poets. I never learned that in public school. How could I teach my kids this if I didn't know anything about it? Sure, I had heard the names before - Michelangelo, Monet, Mozart, Dickenson - but I had no real knowledge.

I decided just to dive in with living books and learn alongside my children. And you know what? It's been wonderful. The kids love when I'm reading a book aloud, and I exclaim, "I never knew that!" They think it's funny that even Mom learns things everyday.

My tips for teaching Enrichment Studies:

  • Living books! I know, that's no surprise! But living books are the best way to learn things. Here are some of our favorite living books for artist, poet, and composer studies:


  • Cycle {or loop} through the enrichment studies! Study a great artist for two weeks, then a famous composer for two weeks, and then the poems and life a classic poet for two weeks. If you do this for 36 weeks, you will study 6 famous artists, 6 famous composers, and 6 famous poets! Seeing the big picture helps me.
  • Study paintings! Simply Charlotte Mason sells these artist portfolios for around $16, with 8 full color copies of paintings by famous artists. Have your children look at them, describe how it makes them feel, and try to replicate the painting.
  • Listen to classical music! Play some Mozart or Beethoven quietly while your child is working on a handicraft. Listen to classical music in the car.
  • Read classical poetry! Get a few books with some great poems by Emily Dickenson, Lewis Carrol, or Robert Stevenson. Read one poem every day for a week. Have your child memorize a few lines or an entire poem! Talk about the style of poetry, point out the rhyming {and non-rhyming} words, and try to write your own poetry.
  • Start small - a chapter a day from a living biography, five minutes of picture study, ten minutes of listening to classical music, or reading a poem once daily will have a big impact!
  • Involve everyone! Even your youngest children will enjoy listening to poetry. I know my two little boys love rhymes and poems!
  • Have a poetry and tea time! If your kids don't like tea, have poetry and snacks! Fancy cookies, finger sandwiches, and sparkling lemonade will make poetry time special.
  • Display famous art pieces around your home! If you can't afford a painting, buy a poster and frame it! You could even buy a postcard and frame it or hang it on your refrigerator. {This is a tip I need to do!}
  • Learn the hymns that are sung at your church! My kids love "Holy, Holy, Holy", "The Doxology", "Amazing Grace", and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Learn the stories behind the songs - who wrote them, why, and when.
I hope these simple tips have given you motivation to start Enrichment Studies in your homeschool! And I hope you have enjoyed my 3-part series on Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Tips!

Don't forget to visit other participating Crew members for some more great tips for homeschool parents!

Jennifer @ A Peace of Mind
Jennifer @ Faithful Homestead
Joesette @ Learning Curve

5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents


  1. Excellent tips for help with this topic and CM learning! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is lovely, such great tips on including these in your day.Thanks!