Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home

This book is not about "school at home"--it is about something better. It is about Real Learning.

Homeschooling pioneer Charlotte Mason wrote with great wisdom about providing young minds with a living books education. She urged teachers to present great ideas and stand back, allowing students to form relationships with the ideas.

Elizabeth Foss carries Miss Mason's philosophy from the idealto the real. How does the busy home-educating mom balance the various needs of a houseful of children? How does she provide short lessons and free afternoons while ensuring that her children receive a thorough and well-rounded education? Exactly how does she use living books to teach history, geography, literature, and scienc? How does she incorporate nature study, the arts, and soccer practice? How does she create in her home an atmosphere of sanctity with Christ at its center, an atmosphere of love in which the whole family can grow in holiness day by day?

How does she manage all this and still get dinner on the table?

With passion and grace, Elizabeth Foss explores these questions and more. Real Learning is a rich and detailed examination of how to let "eduation" spill out of your home classroom into every aspect of your family life. More than a curriculum guide, it is a look at a lifestyle which aims to nourish the whole child, the whold family--heart, soul, and mind.

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By Johanna · ★★★★☆ · November 17, 2014
The author is Catholic and writes to Catholic homeschoolers. Even though I differed from her in her theology, this was one of the most practical books on applying Charlotte Mason education in the home, and I came away with a wealth of inspiration. ...more
By Shawna (Drayton Valley, AB, Canada) · ★★★★★ · March 22, 2011
This book is a great reference for homeschooling. It also provides some great insights into parenting in general. ...more
By Catherine (Fishers, IN) · ★★★★☆ · January 31, 2015
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Foss, who writes about applying Charlotte Mason-type principles to education and family life, among other things, so when I found that the library had a copy of the book she wrote many years ago, I was eager to read it. Real Learning is primarily directed toward Catho... ...more
By Heather (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · July 07, 2009
If you're familiar with Charlotte Mason, this book will largely be redundant. If you're not familiar then this is a nice introduction.

I found a few ideas that I'd like to implement and a few reminders of things I'd read previously and had forgotten about. It's not a book I feel like I need in my... ...more
By Shaunda (Saratoga Springs, NY) · ★★★★☆ · January 14, 2014
An excellent source of overall inspiration, with some excellent practical ideas and resources. ...more
By Kara · ★★★★☆ · January 12, 2014
Retreading this one (4th time? 5th?) especially the chapter on burnout. ...more
By Emily · ★★★★★ · September 28, 2010
This is one of my favorite resources for inspiration in our homeschool. I re-read it probably once a year at least. ...more
By Tricia · ★★★★★ · May 23, 2009
The very first book I read about homeschooling a couple of years ago, and still my source of daily inspiration. ...more
By Kendra (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 04, 2012
Really, my favorite book on home education. An annual read for me, and I've been homeschooling since 1997. ...more
By Maren (The United States) · ★★★★★ · November 05, 2008
I love this book. Love it! ...more