Useful Resources2020-02-17T10:54:00-07:00


Parents are asked to read one of these two books, before their parent interview, when applying for their children to attend Ambleside:

For the Children’s Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, is written primarily to younger parents, and gives an inspiring introduction to the philosophy.

When Children Love to Learn, edited by Elaine Cooper, is written primarily to educators, and has more of the “nuts and bolts” of an Ambleside Education.

On technology: Failure to Connect, by Jane Healy.


  • Sycamore Parent Portal This site allows Ambleside Parents to access school-related information and documents. Sign-in required.
  • Ambleside Colorado is a member of Ambleside Schools International.
  • This site is not related to the schools but has helpful information for those interested in Charlotte Mason, including her complete six volumes online.
  • MomentsWithMotherCulture Blog Karen Andreola is a friend of Ambleside Schools International founders Bill and Maryellen St. Cyr and is deep into Charlotte Mason writing, publishing, studying, communicating.


  • Why Students Need to Sit Up and Pay Attention Summary here by Eva Moskowitz
  • What Is Common Core? “Education should be about the highest things. If education has become –as Common Core openly declares– preparation for work in a global economy, then this situation is far worse than Common Core critics ever anticipated. And the concerns about cost, and quality, and yes, even the constitutionality of Common Core, pale in comparison to the concerns for the hearts, minds, and souls of American children.” by Dr. Daniel Coupland
  • Article from World Magazine about Ambleside Schools Ambleside began to influence Christian schools when Maryellen St. Cyr, a Christian educator, got the six-volume Mason set from her principal. In 1999 she developed a curriculum and in 2000, she established the first Ambleside School in Fredericksburg, Texas. by Alisa Harris, World
  • Internet Culture vs. Literary Culture “The Internet-versus-books debate is conducted on the supposition that the medium is the message. But sometimes the medium is just the medium. What matters is the way people think about themselves while engaged in the two activities. A person who becomes a citizen of the literary world enters a hierarchical universe. There are classic works of literature at the top and beach reading at the bottom.” by David Brooks, The New York Times
  • Wired for Distraction “You (or your children) might think the people who have had the most practice dealing with distractions would be the most adept at multitasking. But a 2009 study found that when extraneous information was presented, participants who (on the basis of their answers to a study questionnaire) did a lot of media multitasking performed worse on a test than those who don’t do much media multitasking.”
  • Hands-On Learning over Technology “So what does a school without technology look like? The school has a “retro” look, complete with blackboards and colored chalk, encyclopedias, and wooden pencils. This sounds exactly like my elementary school, where I learned the fundamental lessons that helped me go on to graduate college and land a job. This makes me think that maybe technology in the elementary classroom really isn’t necessary after all.” by
  • Give Childhood Back to Children This article describes the benefits of playtime for children, and the costs of over-scheduling.

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Atmosphere and the Bible

“Let every lesson gain the child’s entire attention”


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