Originally Posted by artsygirl
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.