Simply Charlotte Mason or Ambleside?
Posted 06 January 2010 - 08:50 AM
1) The reading is so difficult, it seems like it will be a long time before my 10yo will be be able to read most things on her own (in Y3 now). But this is our first year, maybe just need more time.
2) Not especially fond of all the British history.
3) I'd prefer kids (10 and 7) to be on the same history cycle. It's difficult reading 2 history programs from all the different books and keeping track of where we left off when it might be a week or more between readings.
4) We're starting CW Homer next year and I'm afraid I'll be overwhelmed doing that and starting original Shakespeare and Plutarch.
But I really love the depth of AO, too. I'm also thinking of maybe just lightening AO----possibly one Shakespeare play/Plutarch life per year instead of three or something like that. Any suggestions? It's hard for me to figure out the SCM website. Thanks for any input! Blessings, Gina
Posted 06 January 2010 - 09:32 AM
I am not saying that it is for everyone but it was much better for us. We were only working on year 1 but the titles made my daughter cringe somethimes. She would glaze over when I read the history titles. I wanted it to work but eventually I had to move on to keep my daughters interest. I still use some parts of AO as it was easy to incorporate into our schedule.
Hope this helps,
Posted 06 January 2010 - 09:32 AM
I think you could lighten Ambleside.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:52 AM
Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:14 AM
Clear as mud?
Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:16 AM
I hope I didn't confuse more!
ETA: I love, love, love the *idea* of nature walks, talking about the change of seasons, stories about nature, learning handicrafts, knitting, sewing, etc.; but I cannot put something together myself, it just wouldn't happen. We are using Oak Meadow for this, and it has been a great fit. I'm sure others could tell you how they do it much cheaper, but this is what works for us.
Edited by Cindie2dds, 06 January 2010 - 11:22 AM.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:34 AM
Blessings in your homeschooling journey!
Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:15 PM
We do two chains of history(American and World history) and that works well for us but others prefer using only one chain of history and that can work too. CM's main point with this is to do two chains of history with one being national and one being world (actually she really did French in the younger years and more of a world focus in the later years). This naturally meant that for her national History was of course English history. If you prefer, make your national history American history and add in only as much English history as you would like. My dds love history and my older dd is very drawn to English and French history so we enjoy studying it but you could definitely leave some of it out. You could take Our Island Story out and just use A Child's History of the World and add to it or add an American history you like to it.
You might like this approach to CM:
This is Linda Fay's site and she has a lot of helpful advice for using AO and she uses it differently. She starts with American and World History and saves the English History for grades 4 and 5 (I think).
We do only one Shakespeare a year and not three. I'm adding Plutarch next year. We do one artist and one composer per year. We use another art program (Calvert's History of Art-Painting, then Sculpture and then Architecture) plus additional picture study so one artist is enough. We also use our Piano Explorer magazine (required theory work from our piano teacher) which portrays a composer every month so again studying one composer is enough.
I guess I just want to share with you our approach since it took me awhile to accept that not every book on the AO booklist it the right one for us or is the right time for us but we can still have a very AO focused school. Our school has just been adapted to suit us!
Edited by Kfamily, 06 January 2010 - 02:52 PM.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:15 PM
We are in AO YR1. I have spent a good deal of time on the SCM website...keeping all the kids in the same history spine is REALLY a HUGE plug for SCM.
My hang-up at the present is that in Bible we are ready for the NT. So, I would want to start with the Gospels/FMOR (like on Monday LOL)....idk....I'm tipping my toes in the SCM water here....this forum is a dangerous place, I tell you!
Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:32 PM
But I really love the depth of AO, too. I'm also thinking of maybe just lightening AO----possibly one Shakespeare play/Plutarch life per year instead of three or something like that. Any suggestions? It's hard for me to figure out the SCM website. Thanks for any input!
If you basically like AO, then certainly feel free to adjust it to better fit your family and your goals.
We have pulled quite a bit of AO 1 literature into little ds's plans, but the rest for various reasons just wasn't a good fit.
Middle ds is using quite a bit of AO 7 lite tempered with info from Linda Fay's site.
It's your homeschool definitely do what works for you!
Posted 06 January 2010 - 09:28 PM
Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:12 AM
My plan is to do a 4 yr history, choosing books from AO and SCM. I went easier this year, with the baby coming and it only being our 2nd year (and the 1st was really disorganized). I wanted to cover the basics first, and work on reading and narrations. Next year I want to add in more AO, especially audiobooks for my oldest.
I try to do nature walks, I am choosing composers based on the classical CDs I have at the moment but I plan to combine lists from both sources.
I'm a planner though, I have to tweak.
Posted 07 January 2010 - 08:46 AM
We have managed to work art, artist study, composer study, and nature walks into our schedule - we just do one a day. I plan what we're going to do for each at the beginning of the week and then each day I choose one that I think will work best that day. Everything else we were basically doing with WTM so I just changed the topics to be Ambleside. We are continuing SOTW and WTM science rotation because I really, really like those.
I've also been doing Ambleside Year 11 for myself. I haven't formally followed their schedule as I'm getting books from the library so I don't have twelve weeks to linger over something. But I've been going through the various selections on my own schedule and have very much enjoyed all of them. There are some real treasures there - stuff I'd never heard of, but very much not-to-miss!
I think joining the yahoo groups and doing year 11 myself have really sold me on Ambleside. And I will also say I spent at least three months subscribed to the groups and doing the selections on my own before starting it with my son - time well spent getting the feel of Ambleside. We tried starting earlier but crashed and burned, but we're going again now and really enjoying it.
Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:02 PM
Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:04 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:15 PM
So I am adapting the order of the books and adding some selections.