Are Variations on the Standard Narration Allowed?

Sometimes the same thing over and over again gets boring and, as Victorian England might put it, very dull. If your students are becoming bored with oral and written narrations, a slight variation on the typical narration might be needed to keep a Living atmosphere. It is needed, because repetition leads to predictability; predictability takes away creativity and ultimately curiosity. Curiosity is paramount to a … Continue reading Are Variations on the Standard Narration Allowed?

Poetry, Art, Plan and Map Changes

Here are my thoughts and reasons for some of the changes made to Charlotte’s Geographical Reader: Poetry.Charlotte had arranged her lessons so that a poem was, itself, a lesson. Typically, the poetry lessons would alternate with a textual lesson. Occasionally there were several poetry lessons in a row. When I followed these lessons with my children, reading one poem for a lesson was often far … Continue reading Poetry, Art, Plan and Map Changes

Title and Text Changes

Here are my thoughts and reasons for some of the changes made to Charlotte’s Geographical Reader: Title Change to Living Geography.Charlotte titled her book Geographical Reader Book I Elementary Geography. This title, rightly so, gives the connotation that this book is for the younger student. Charlotte did intend her book for a younger audience, but that does not mean an older student wouldn’t gain anything … Continue reading Title and Text Changes

For the Scouring Purists

Possibly only a Charlotte Mason purist would be interested in the revision details for Charlotte’s 1881 geography text as I transformed it into the Living Geography Book I edition. In this post I let Charlotte convince you that scouring through the details of something has its rewards. In following posts, I’ll chronicle some of the nitty gritty details about the revisions to Charlotte’s 1881 geography … Continue reading For the Scouring Purists

When Narration Isn’t Working

There are many reasons why narration might be bumpy in your home or classroom learning. Here are some suggestions from my personal experience and Charlotte to help you determine what, if anything, needs to be done. You might also look at other articles on this site for ideas and help – upcoming… Are Variations on the Standard Narration Allowed? and Written Narration Options – for … Continue reading When Narration Isn’t Working

Do you Have a Loading Dock?

Several weeks ago I returned the final proofs of all the components of Living Geography so printing could begin. I hadn’t heard anything for a while. Due to the myriad of components and details to keep track of I wondered if I had forgotten to send something. But it turns out there were busy beavers printing away. Out of the blue they called Monday and … Continue reading Do you Have a Loading Dock?

Schools! Save Space and Money! Use Narration!

In a day and age of an abundance of educational  teaching materials  and classrooms specialized to the particulars of students, the educational community might need a simple breath of fresh air. I recently acquired a teachers manual for lower elementary literature studies. This five inch thick spiral bound behemoth could probably leave a dent if you threw it at your car. With curiosity, I opened … Continue reading Schools! Save Space and Money! Use Narration!

Details. How to Do Narration

I wrote a post -Solving the Mystery of Narration- intentionally making the point that narration is not complicated, and truly it is not. Telling back is the complete essence and practice of narration. But, of course, there must be more said on it. And there is… giving us a few more details into how narration should work. So let’s look at the source, Charlotte, and … Continue reading Details. How to Do Narration