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From: PattiV in MI (lnngmibas01-pool5-a159.lnngmi.tds.net)
Subject:         Re: A Charlotte Mason day
Date: July 2, 2007 at 9:10 pm PST

In Reply to: A Charlotte Mason day posted by jeannine on February 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm:

The days vary somewhat, but here is a look at what our days are like. My children are 7 and 8.

All of my children's directed homeschooling is done in very short lessons. For my daughter she writes her spelling words in a notebook. We use the book "Natural Speller". Then she writes them in syllables. On other days, she practices them by writing them in clay, or some other creative way, or by using flashcards. I include some words that are meaningful to her in her list. We also use the book to include grammar and punctuation. It's a great book with a lot of flexibility. After her spelling words, she practices cursive writing, which usually takes about 5 minutes. For science and History, my kids lead the way. In everyday living, these subjects are covered very easily. They love nature, understanding origin of holidays, earth science, ancient history, geography, etc. I have not done much organizing for these subjects. We take nature walks where my kids draw and write down their observations. We observe nature all around us. We learn about history through "Living Books", conversations with grandparents, museums, and wanting to know more about holidays and historical figures. They went through an Ancient Egypt time. It was fun.

We have a very relaxed homeschool approach. It takes no more than an hour per day of directed homeschooling. Most of my children's learning is from their natural desire to know how to do things and understand the world around them. I love the Charlotte Mason approach because the approach includes short lessons done on a regular basis, along with narration, nature, and using "living books" instead of text books. My kids don't do much copywork. My son really dislikes writing. My daughter will copy spelling rules, and write short sentences. I'm sure the copywork will become more popular as my children get older. I try to make learning fun by including games, arts and crafts, reading together, puzzles, yoga, other physical activities, field trips, co-ops, and other activities.

Have fun creating the environment that's best for you and your family!!

Patti


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