How do you keep pursuing a Charlotte Mason education once you've graduated AO and started college? That question has come up a lot for those of us already graduated or about to graduate high school. College isn't set up with CM-style learning in mind, and it's easy to fall into the habit of skimming through books and studying for the tests and forgetting what real learning is all about: building relationships with the things you're studying.
As the first generation of AO students has been graduating and going through college, we've talked about ways to make the higher education experience more like CM education. We've also asked for advice from college professors who are involved with Charlotte Mason. These are some of the ideas we've gathered, with more to come as we all learn more about how to bring CM's methods into college and beyond.
So far, all the ideas we have seem to fall into three categories.
The Transfigured Approach Taking what you are given (your college course material) and changing the way you study it.
The Supplemental Approach The Field Trip Tactic: Looking to sources outside of the classroom (museums, concerts) to form a relationship with the material. The Extra-Reading Tactic: Adding living course material to your classes to read alongside the required text.
The Refuel Approach Doing things outside of school to nourish yourself as a person (take a hike, go to an art gallery, read a book for fun.) Since that's what you're going to be doing for the rest of your life anyway, it's not a bad idea to get into the habit of it now.