First Reading Lessons-almost There

I’m previewing the first drafts…. some tweeks to do…. then send back for corrections…. then another draft… I’m working on getting the Word Cards in a format for cutting apart…. won’t be long now! It makes my heart jump a skip when I actually get the finished product in my hands. After working for years – conceptualization, research, notes, notes, scribbles everywhere, writing, writing, writing, … Continue reading First Reading Lessons-almost There

Reading Lessons Quotes

Selected Quotes from Charlotte Mason on Reading Lessons.Annotations in [  ] by Real Living Life. Read the complete chapters where Charlotte describes reading lessons in Volume 1 page 199-222. “Learning to read is hard work for most children, but it must be done, and we as parents should try to make the lessons as easy and pleasant as possible” – Home Education Volume 1 p.214 … Continue reading Reading Lessons Quotes

How to Do Reading Lessons

PHILOSOPHY.Sounds and sight recognition of words through observation and attention  is what Charlotte Mason’s reading lessons use. The lessons should not be drudgery, but interesting and engaging. Sounding out words as well as sight word recognition are part of her method. Lessons in CM are short in order to train attention. These lessons typically run 10-15 minutes. ——♦♦—— METHODS. 1. Using Books Basic Plan. CM does … Continue reading How to Do Reading Lessons

How to do a Poetry Study Lesson

PHILOSOPHY.The purpose of Poetry Study is to develop a love of beautiful language and meaningful thoughts for reflections and character. Poetry is a large part of Charlotte’s curriculum. She often talks about the moral lessons and satisfying qualities of poetry for students.Charlotte speaks, in general, of knowing  our poets, but not with the specific purpose of actually studying a particular poet intentionally throughout a term. … Continue reading How to do a Poetry Study Lesson

Narration Options

Sometimes the same repeating process get to the the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. It gets to be quite boring frankly. The mind needs new and varied input. Eating oatmeal every single day, gets old (I know because we did it when we had food allergy issues here). Boring, turns into drudgery, which turns into dislike, which becomes aversion, and then ultimately refusal. Variation is needed! … Continue reading Narration Options

Moving From Oral to Written Narrations

Moving from Oral to Written Narrations Eventually a student will move from all oral narrations to written narrations. A written narration is…. Just like you guessed… writing a narration on paper rather than giving it orally.To make this move a student must be proficient at two things. First, they must be proficient oral narrators. This must not be over looked. Second, the student must be … Continue reading Moving From Oral to Written Narrations

How to do a Picture Study Lesson

PHILOSOPHY.You are working towards your student building a relationship with a particular artist. The end goal is to get to know, to appreciate, connect with, recognize, become friends with, build a relationship with- not individual paintings, but with the artist. Nor are you trying to critique particular technicalities of a work, but to know the work and relate to it as something familiar. When it … Continue reading How to do a Picture Study Lesson

Bible Memory Verses 1

These are the first verses my children learn. Acts 16:31 – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved. Psalm 145:9 -The LORD is good to all. Genesis 16:13 – You are the God who sees.  John 11:35 – Jesus wept. 1 John 4:19 – We love because He first loved us. Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for He is … Continue reading Bible Memory Verses 1

Using Volume 4 with Students

…of all the knowledge which a child should get, the knowledge of God is first in importance, and the knowledge of himself, next. – Charlotte Mason Volume 5 p.363             Charlotte intended for Volume 4 to be read by children under the age of sixteen. Her goal was that these students would grow in character from a thorough study of human nature. She titled this … Continue reading Using Volume 4 with Students