Perhaps you have a friend who has said this, or perhaps even you yourself have uttered these words. So often I hear the question "I'm just starting out researching the Charlotte Mason method. What should I read first?"
There are so, so many great book options out there about how to educate your child, what philosophy you should use, books about how to teach, curricula comparisons and more. There are even books about what books to read!
As Charlotte is our muse and as we seek to implement a Charlotte Mason inspired informal education while our kids are still little, I'd first suggest reading her own words.
1.Charlotte has a six volume series, The Original Homeschooling Series, which can be purchased individually or as whole set, and can be found on Amazon, Ebay and even Barnes and Noble. You can also find individual books and sometimes the whole set on buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook. Be sure to look for the unabridged set!
2.Laying Down The Rails is a book compiled by Sonya Shafer full of quotes from Miss Mason about habit training. This book is helpful because it lists all of Charlotte's thoughts about specific habits in orderly chapters. This book is sold on Simply Charlotte Mason.
3. The next book I would suggest some would argue is not fully Charlotte Mason, however I think it still deserves a spot in this lineup. For The Children's Sake is a fantastic book on home education. Susan Schaefer McCaulay writes from a Christian perspective on how to integrate the parent child relationship with home education and daily life. For me, this book was key in my decision to homeschool my children and I think absolutely applicable for any CM education.