Why Study Ourselves?

Throughout her Volumes, Charlotte Mason sprinkles grains of insight into the question, ‘Why study ourselves’? Often she uses the term self- knowledge for this study. She says, next to the study of God, it is the most important thing a child can learn. More important than reading? More important than math? More important than writing? Evidentially. No one says it better than Charlotte, so here … Continue reading Why Study Ourselves?

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

Reading Helps

These are three helps that I use with First Reading Lessons to aid sight and sound recognition. Buddies.Letter-buddies that are often found together: ing, ed, ee,  th (two sounds , as in thistle and that), ch (3 sounds but most often ch as in church), sh, ar (like a pirate “ar matey!”), or (“or, or, or!” like a seal).   Always give the sound along with pointing out these buddies. … Continue reading Reading Helps

Paying Attention on Reading the Poem lesson days.

In the ‘How to Use the Teacher’s Notes for First Reading Lessons’ the instructions read:Read the poem with the student. Help them with sounds and words when they need help. I suppose that is enough said. But, of course, there is more to say on it- both from my experience and from Charlotte Mason. What I would have liked to add, but, for sake of … Continue reading Paying Attention on Reading the Poem lesson days.