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?

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

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

Tell It & Know It

One of the foundational tools in a Living Education is narration. It is a practice, stemming from Charlotte’s philosophy that children are persons, that, probably more than anything else, distinguishes her method from all other methods. Narration is not a test to see what knowledge the student has, but rather the way in which we GET the knowledge. Charlotte tells us in various places in … Continue reading Tell It & Know It

Description & Samples — Geography Notebook

This Geography Notebook is a student resource for Living Geography Book I. The pages of the Geography Notebook correspond with the activities and assignments found in the Teacher’s Notes. Exercises found in the Drawing Lessons and Map Making Lessons have pages for the students to complete their work.The Drawing Lessons and Map Making activities for the course have a Practice-Sketch page so the students are … Continue reading Description & Samples — Geography Notebook

Descriptions & Samples — Exam Questions & Answers

The Exam Questions and Answers Book gives the instructor pre-written, tailored exam questions for each lesson in Living Geography Book I. The answers which follow the questions act as a guide for the teacher when evaluating the student’s answers.Some of the questions are Charlotte Mason’s own questions taken from her exams. Some questions are original to this curriculum. Should the teacher prefer to write her … Continue reading Descriptions & Samples — Exam Questions & Answers

Description & Samples —Maps and Pictures

The Maps and Pictures Book which is part of the curriculum for Living Geography Book I  contains all the pictures and maps referenced in the Teacher’s Notes. The pictures are color photographs of places and items applicable to the lesson. The full page maps of the oceans show the physical features of our earth in realistic color. They were custom created to ensure that all … Continue reading Description & Samples —Maps and Pictures