posts in charlotte mason
Jan 23, 2015
I think we all want to teach our children life skills, right? Handicrafts are an important life skill to teach them.
Once upon a time, all kids learned handicrafts. Boys were taught such things as blacksmith or woodworking, while girls learned sewing and crocheting. These were necessary skills to help them make a living and take care of their families.
But what about modern kids? Do we need to teach them handicrafts?
I believe we do. I believe it's still important to provide them with basic skills in spite of our high-tech world. After all, one never knows if those skills may be necessary for them to care for their families or earn a living. In fact, one of my daughters and I have recently begun selling handmade crafts to supplement our incomes.
What does Doodle Crate have to do with any of this?
This is day #5 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method."
There is a lack of appreciation for the arts.
Once upon a time, the fine arts were taught to all students, whether before the day of institutional learning, or even within those institutions.
Children were taught an appreciate for music, and how to play instruments as a matter of standard course. They learned to paint, draw, and learned about the artists and composers.
We now live in a society that invalidates and minimizes any interest in those things.
The schools have all but done away with music and art to redirect money elsewhere. Kids who play instruments are the the butts of jokes in school. Students who want to study music and art in college are portrayed as flakey, young people with their heads in the clouds.
As for me, I believe no education is complete without fine arts.
There are so many benefits from learning fine arts. Why would we deprive our children of these things? I'm grateful that I can decide what to teach my children.
This is day #4 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method."
Confession: I'm a history junkie.
I can't get enough. Can't learn enough. Can't visit enough historical places. As a young child, the only books I brought home from the school library were biographies. In high school, my favorite subject was ancient history and as an adult, one of my favorite things to do is visit historical places.
I was excited when I realized Charlotte Mason taught history in chronological order. I didn't have to wait until high school to teach about ancient Egypt! Whoo!
That's what I'm writing about today. How I teach history.
Dec 29, 2011
Yesterday's post was on using living books and ideas to teach history in a chronological order. Today, I want to discuss how exactly we do that. What does history through living books look like? Of course there are many ways to use a living books approach. This is the way that our family implements a living books approach to history.
Dec 18, 2011
"What's the difference?"
This is a question that you may find yourself asking when you've first come across the Charlotte Mason method or someone who loves it (like me!). You may wonder what makes it different than any other homeschooling choice?
9 Features of a Charlotte Mason Education:
1. Respect for the Child: Charlotte Mason believed that all children were equally capable of learning and deserving of respect, regardless of their social class, race or any other thing. In fact the proclamation that "Children are born persons." is the first statement on her list of principles.
Dec 5, 2011
Making a switch to the Charlotte Mason method can be intimidating. I know it took a while for me to implement the method.
I've been there. I understand the struggle.
A few days ago, I shared with you why narration is a useful tool. Now let's talk about how to use narration, copywork and dictation in your homeschool.
Mar 24, 2011
Why I Sent My Kids to Public SchoolMy homeschool journey began in 1991. No, I didn't officially homeschool until 1999, but the seeds were planted in 1991, when I read a book by John Holt.
At that point my eldest child was 5 years old and about to begin Kindergarten. I really wanted to homeschool her, but knew that I'd gain opposition from my family. I was already such a black sheep with religion, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding, that I decided it was best to send my children to school.
I volunteered in the school system. Eventually I worked on various boards and agencies within the school system. Although I never forgot about homeschooling and all I had read, Amy did well in school. I did well working within that system.
My son's story was different...
Mar 3, 2011
There are so very many things I love about the Charlotte Mason method.
The method is based upon a few principles to aide parents in raising a child who loves learning and seeks out knowledge for the sake of gaining knowledge. One of those all-important principles is "Education is an Atmosphere".
"The theory has been,––put a child in the right environment and so subtle is its influence, so permanent its effects that he is to all intents and purposes educated thereby. Schools may add Latin and sums and whatever else their curriculum contains, but the actual education is, as it were, performed upon a child by means of colour schemes, harmonious sounds, beautiful forms, gracious persons. He grows up aesthetically educated into sweet reasonableness and harmony with his surroundings." -Charlotte Mason- Vol. 6 pg 94