Ruth Beechick’s approach

Although her ideas are not as well-known as Charlotte Mason’s, Ruth Beechick has influenced homeschool curricula with her emphasis on natural learning. Beechick is also more modern—around the turn of the 21st century whereas Mason lived around the turn of the 20th century. She encouraged the use of real books, unit studies, and integrated learning, very similar to Charlotte Mason’s approach in many ways. However, Beechick favored concentrating on reading, writing, and arithmetic in the early years—she did not promote the nature walks, drawing, and picture studies that are hallmarks of CM. Beechick recommends simplifying and responding to the readiness of the child rather than following traditional textbooks.

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