Frequently Asked Questions


I want to get a teaching degree, but really want my training to be in this school of thought and wasn't sure if you had any suggestions about where to get training as a teacher? Whether any college would do or if there is one that is more CM minded?

We are so happy to hear about your desire to teach! It is a rewarding profession in which both the teacher and the student are growing!

In fact Charlotte Mason called it a , "twice blessed education." With regards to training. We recommend you stay out of the education department 

of any college. If you are interested in younger children, you might take a class or two on phoenemic awareness or language acquisition to help

understand the process of teaching reading in Kindergarten - second grades. 

The rest of the time could be well spent in studying in a liberal arts program or a program where you are interested in a specific area of study, science, history etc.

The joy of the liberal arts is the literature is so rich and sometimes in a degree of literature, you might read women's studies  and a bunch of contemporary lit.

There is a list of colleges that fall under this description and they can be perused here:

Inquire into schools which have a Great Books Program - this can be some smaller departments in a major university usually in an Honors College (my husband attended one)

This link below gives an extensive list of schools with Great Books Programs. I attended St. John's in Annapolis which this person states is the most pure form of the program. I enrolled 

last summer and took a course Politics and Society - if you would like to hear my first hand account-we can arrange a call. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was more than I hoped for .

If you look for a college and university that is described as a liberal arts program - this is a bit blurred and many of these programs can go under this description which do not read the classic works of western civilization.


The Ambleside method offers an optimal --but unique in both philosophy and practice-- approach to home-based education.  

Charlotte Mason, consistent with the personalist tradition, asserted that a child is created in the image of God. Thus each child is relational. As a child relates to people, texts, and the world, Mason inferred, he or she learns and grows most wholly.

Drawing on Mason's philosophy and practice, the Ambleside method is built on a relational model. Even though children think and work independently, they do so within the context of relationship.

In the homeschool setting, relational learning usually takes place as a parent and child(ren) give focused attention to the discipline before them. They cultivate relationship as they grow in knowledge and skill. 

This philosophy and practice are vastly different from modern educational systems. Working within the philosophy, consistently applying the practice, and cultivating a habit of reflective practice are all approaches and skills taught in the Internship and Summer Institute.

In addition to personal coaching and support and access to the Teacher Support site, you receive a comprehensive, thoroughly researched and tested curriculum package, custom designed for your students. It contains:  

  • List and description of books, materials, and resources needed for each discipline.
  • Sources for books, materials, and resources.
  • Supplemental resources for handwork, Froebel Gifts, science observations and experiments, Bible, history, and poetry recitation.
  • Daily sequences for spelling, mental arithmetic, grammar, composition, science, history, and citizenship.


The Ambleside Homeschool curriculum has been carefully designed and improved upon over many years. It draws on the work done by Charlotte Mason and the Parents National Education Union (PNEU), Mason's 6-volume work on education, and the PNEU timetables and coursework.

Curriculum is not simply a collection of materials and schedules for covering the materials in a set number of months. Mason understood curriculum as a link in the chain that connects to many other chains of cause and consequence.  She often exhorted the educator to envision the “growing person” who would grow in maturity with God, self, others, and the world through a broad and generous course of study. The Ambleside curriculum has been deliberately designed with the growing person in mind.

The Ambleside Homeschool curriculum combines “books and things” that are rich in ideas and provide instruction in both knowledge and skill. These ideas feed students' minds, enabling them not just to score well on a test, but to relate to and understand the world around them. The “books and things” that comprise the Ambleside Homeschool curriculum reflect how the mind works, how children learn, and how narrative language enhances retention.



No, the Ambleside Homeschool curriculum is licensed for your personal use only. It may not be shared outside your immediate family.

We are thinking to make homeschooling with our children and accreditation is an issue. Is Ambleside's homeschool program accredited?

Ambleside schools are accredited by Accreditation International, an internationally recognized accrediting agency.

ASI checked with them regarding the accreditation of home schooling programs.

At this time, no internationally recognized accrediting agency accredits home school programs. They do accredit distance learning, which may be done at home, but is a different model, as the primary instruction is usually on-line and not by a parent.

While some homeschooling groups may claim to be accredited, they are not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.