I was finally able to tackle this home education classic not in a bit here and a bit there, but chapter by chapter, and though at times heavy, it made a very good and useful read.
As always when reading a book by a non-Jewish (in this case, Christian) author, I had to make adaptations and skipped whole parts which were irrelevant to people of our faith. Nevertheless, I gleaned a lot from this book.
Some teachings and explanations are of course outdated, as Charlotte Mason lived about a hundred years ago, but some of the things she speaks about it are even more relevant today, I believe, than they were at her time.
Charlotte Mason emphasizes the importance of spending a lot of time out of doors, having a lot of thoughtful contact with nature, and plenty of time set aside for imaginative play and creativity. She also recommends having no structured lessons until the age of six, and then only a small portion of lesson-time every day, so that the whole afternoon can be set aside for time outside, imaginative play, and creative pursuits.
Those are chiefly the things that resonated with me as I was reading, and I believe the implementation of her philosophy, even partially, could do so much good in this age where children are cooped up so much, study is so fitted up into small tablets that are then artificially fed to little ones, and everyone is in such a hurry to push academics.
C.M. also expresses the opinion that the best place for a child to grow is home, and doubts how wholesome it is for a little child to be thrust into kindergarten, where he will have hours upon hours of overstimulating peer company. She wrote this at a time when many children were still brought up at home, and kindergartens were only beginning to become widespread. I wonder what she would say now, when people warn that a two-year-old will become socially inept if he remains at home until the ripe age of three.