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Old 08-17-2010, 01:25 AM
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Charlotte Mason-ers? Questions...

I'm reading a book on her way of teaching. I've found lists upon lists of books. I have many questions. Anyone here follow her education plan?

The lists of reading books, are they all for the child to read or are some for reading aloud to them?

I saw how she taught in bursts of time. No more 1 hour of math. No more hours of trying to finish a science project. Just 30 mins of subject while they're fresh. My question is, what if they don't finish what they need to do in that time? Do you come back to it later in the day? Another day? I feel like we'd get behind...

What are the main, most important things to follow when beginning to learn this way?

Any websites/blogs to recommend that would help me know more about this way of teaching?

I have a 6th grader.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:29 AM
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Can't wait to read some answers.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:15 AM
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I'm reading a book on her way of teaching. I've found lists upon lists of books. I have many questions. Anyone here follow her education plan?

The lists of reading books, are they all for the child to read or are some for reading aloud to them?

I saw how she taught in bursts of time. No more 1 hour of math. No more hours of trying to finish a science project. Just 30 mins of subject while they're fresh. My question is, what if they don't finish what they need to do in that time? Do you come back to it later in the day? Another day? I feel like we'd get behind...

What are the main, most important things to follow when beginning to learn this way?

Any websites/blogs to recommend that would help me know more about this way of teaching?

I have a 6th grader.
We love Charlotte Mason and have been using her methods since 2005. I'm homeschooling only ds this year. He's 9 and going into 4th grade. We follow a structured curriculum called Ambleside Online that was designed to strictly follow the whole CM method based on her original writings.

There is a stress on living or whole books. The parent should always read aloud at least some of the books. Then your child should narrate back what he remembers. Older children (4th grade +) can do oral narrations for some and written narrations for others. Narrations are the precursor to excellent writing skills and takes the place of workbooks or comprehension questions. We use living books for world history, American history, geography, biographies, science, and literature.The point is to lead children to self-education done through direct contact with the best books. The adult stays out of the way in the sense of not lecturing.

Lessons are short 10-20 minutes. It's that way on purpose. Short morning lessons combined with a large variety of subjects is said to keep the kids more focused and interested in the subject matter. The only things that may take longer would be nature study. I can't think of things they wouldn't be able to finish, but if there is, you can break it up throughout the week. Believe me, this is extremely effective.

Other aspects of the CM method include afternoons free, art and music appreciation, poetry, copywork, dictation exercises, making a Book of Centuries, nature journaling, getting outside every day, & not starting any formal writing or grammar until 9-10 years old.

You can check out my blog for CM links that are in the sidebar. CITYSCHOOLING

If you'd like to see the layout I made up for us this year I'd be happy to post it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:25 AM
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If you'd like to see the layout I made up for us this year I'd be happy to post it.
I know I didn't start this thread, but, yes, please do.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:33 AM
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i'd like to see as well NYCMom! The Charlotte Mason theory has always interested me!
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:15 AM
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Ok, here's our layout for the upcoming school year. Due to ds's mild dyslexia, we've also included a spelling program. This layout is based on Ambleside Online year 3 (4th-5th grades).

W~9yo/4th grade:

Copywork & Composition
Transcribe favorite passages from the Shakespeare play we are reading. Two perfectly written lines every week.
Do the same for the scheduled poetry.
Written narration chosen from literature (1-2 per week, may be in cursive or manuscript).
Draw a narration chosen from literature.
Start Dictation, work up to one paragraph by end of year.
Writing Strands 2: 2 pgs weekly.

Typing
Practice online.

Spelling & Vocabulary
Spelling Skills 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade. Daily spelling practice.
Daily reading aloud

Grammar
Simply Grammar~ together, 20 mins. 1x/wk.

Poetry
William Blake
Sara Teasdale and Hilda Conkling
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1 or 2 poems per day, discussed and may be used as Copywork.

World & American History
Our Island Story (Marshall)
This Country of Ours (Marshall)
A Child’s History of the World (Hillyer)


All history readings will be narrated. We will also correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and mapwork.

Biographies
Michelangelo (Diane Stanley)
Bard of Avon: the Story of William Shakespeare (Vennema & Stanley)
Landing of the Pilgrims (Daugherty)


Geography
A study of Marco Polo. This will include projects and mapwork.

Natural History and Science
Handbook of Nature Study (Comstock)
Secrets of the Woods (Long)
Science Lab in a Supermarket (Friedhoffer)
The Story of Inventions (McHugh)


We will do various science experiments and go on weekly nature walks, keeping a Nature Notebook. The Nature Study schedule for Year 3 is as follows: Summer/Fall Term - reptiles. Winter Term - flowerless plants/crops. Spring Term - fish and amphibians

Mathematics
Teaching Textbooks 5 into Life of Fred Fractions

Foreign Language
Greek Alphabet
Sign Language
Latin (Minimus)

Art
Picture Studies focusing on 1 artist per 12 wk. term and reading his life story from biographies found at the local library. . We will be studying: Term 1 - Albrecht Durer (Italian Renaissance). Term 2 - Caravaggio (Italian Baroque). Term 3 - (TBA)
Drawing from nature and narrating tales with drawings.
Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks

Music Appreciation
Listen to 1 composer (specifically) per term and read his life story from biographies found at the local library. We will be studying: Term 1 - Beethoven (Classical/Romantic). Term 2 - Vivaldi (Baroque). Term 3 - Chopin (Romantic)

Literature Read-Alouds, Historical Fiction, & Independent Reads
Tales from Shakespeare (Lamb)
American Tall Tales (Stoutenburg)
The Heroes (Kingsley)
The Princess & the Goblin (MacDonald)
Children of the New Forest (Marryat)
The Jungle Book (Kipling)
A Little Princess (Burnett)
The Water Babies (Kingsley)
At the Back of the North Wind (MacDonald)
Men of Iron (Pyle)
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Carroll)
Through the Looking Glass (Carroll)
The Bears of Blue River (Major)
Swallows and Amazons (Ransome)
Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland (Yonge)
Caddie Woodlawn (Brink)
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Wilder)
The Little White Horse (Goudge)
The Saturdays (Enright)
English Fairy Tales - and more (Jacobs)
King of the Wind (Henry)
The Four Story Mistake (Enright)
Then There Were Five (Enright)
The Wheel on the School (De Jong)
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:18 AM
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Wow, that looks great. Thank you so much for sharing. This gives a lot of insight. I am so glad artsygirl strated this thread. Thanks again.
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I also have been using the CM method since the begining of our homeschool journey. I am homeschool only my 7yr second grader this year. At first I went strictly with the Ambelside Online curriculum layout but now I use a combination of that and what is found at www.charlottemasonhelp.com.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:45 PM
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This all sounds very interesting. Do you feel very structured with your plan? We're not very structured learners. We like to go off on tangents of thought and interest. I'll take a look at your site and the others mentioned. Trying to figure out what to start with next week. Thanks for the info.

Anyone else have something to share?
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:20 PM
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You may want to take a look at http://simplycharlottemason.com
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