While we are very eclectic in our homeschool as far as resources go our methodology has not strayed off course from Charlotte Mason's ideology on childhood education. Enriching our children's minds (and mine!) with whole, living books has been a joyful experience. Not to mention a gentle and relaxed one!
Charlotte Mason believed that children are able to deal with ideas and knowledge, that they are not blank slates or empty sacks to be filled with information. She thought children should do the work of dealing with ideas and knowledge, rather than the teacher acting as a middle man, dispensing filtered knowledge. A Charlotte Mason education includes first-hand exposure to great and noble ideas through books in each school subject, and through art, music, and poetry.