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  1. Does anyone have any experience with Ambleside Online? It claims to be rigorous, but, I'm wanting some objective thoughts. I wouldn't be using the LA part. Thanks a lot!!
  2. While I know there's been "Charlotte Mason-inspired" curricula around for awhile (MFW, HoD, etc), it seems to me there's been a small explosion of more faithful interpretations in the last couple years. It would be helpful, at least for me, to see a list in one place. I'll list those that I know of here, and if anyone can add more, please do. Also if you have experience with any of these, please post your thoughts. Ambleside Online - the grandaddy, uses many older books, they also have CM's writings viewable for free Simply Charlotte Mason - this one has been around a little while also
  3. What does this mean to you? It's been a year since this thread: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/527887-anyone-up-for-a-philosophical-discussion-about-teaching-from-a-state-of-rest-re-circe-discussion-and-how-it-is-interpretedapplied/?hl=%2Bschole Anyone care to continue the conversation? The spirit of the concept sometimes gets lost in popular interpretation, and it's easy to get distracted by preconceived notions, but scholé does seem worth pondering.... What does it mean to you in the high school years?
  4. Well, it's been a long time since I've been here! Good to be back. Our 2 oldest have graduated, married (both this summer!!) & now we've got littles to educate ;0) 1 year old, (new) 6 year old & 8 year old. I'm thinking about doing a semester more of kindy w/ the 6 yob & starting 1st in January. 8yog is solid third although math always needs more help! Has anyone tried to combine this many different styles?? The notebooking/narration part of the classical approach using SOTW that we did with our older ones is very similar to Waldorf's (somewhat) unit study approach to Main L
  5. Hi, I'm new here. Right now I'm looking for a Spanish language arts curriculum or guide for 2nd grade. It is as a first language, English is our second language. I can't believe it's so hard to find something good! Is anyone in the same situation? Thanks!
  6. After abdandoing my plans to do AO (good riddance...this was a good move for me/us), I am planning out the year for my 1st and 3rd grader. We will be using SOTW as our history spine, and I have the activity books to refer to as well, for maps and such. We are also going to be using Brave Writer for each child (The Wand and The Arrow). With AO, everything was laid out and scheduled for me, down to page numbers, so I knew what to plan for a week, a month, etc. Now that I'm on my own, I'm freaking out a little bit! I have us down to do about a chapter (sometimes 2) from SOTW for each child. Yes,
  7. (x-posted w/ K-8) I have a sweet 9 year old boy who is a fairly good reader. His comprehension is also ok, but a little below average simply because of attention difficulties. He has Autism and is very visual, but is also hyperlexic so he is able to decode and read words at a fairly high level. He is so sweet, and so eager to learn, but has a tremendous amount of difficulty focusing and I want to make his first full time year of homeschooling a very positive and engaging experience for him. This can set the tone for the years to come as he has had some very difficult experiences with many
  8. What does the composer/artist/poet study look like in your home? I found some good composer books by Opal Wheeler, but how are they implemented? What do you use for artist study? Poetry, is it one poet for the year? I ordered 'Favorite Poems Old and New' which is supposed to arrive today!
  9. Okay, I'm getting up on my soapbox here. Plug your ears. :D CM did not require "just copywork" from her young students! There. I said it. I'm not sure where the rumor got started; but it's not true, according to the first volume of her educational series, Home Education. Below, I'll post some exercises CM suggested for the younger set. Now, mind you, I'm no CM expert. I've only read the first volume of CM's work so far. But I've read SO MANY times in SO MANY places that CM just had children write "a little bit" and "just copywork for the first several years" that I
  10. So, a friend of mine randomly handed me a Charlotte Mason Book after telling her about some of the struggles I've had with my 8 yo son. We were big CC'ers and mostly did lots of rote memorization of facts and he HATED it. So now, we've kind of been at a stand-still as far as curriculums go. We've been sticking with our R&S stuff but nothing too in depth. I never thought I would go the Charlotte Mason route. Not because I never liked it but because I just never felt *sold* on it I presume. Anyway, the book is knocking my socks off!! Anyone else do more of a Charlotte Mason approach?
  11. If you design your own CM booklist/curriculum, what are the resources you use to pull it all together? Do you use AO as a base? SCM? Mater Amabilis? None of the above? And if none of the above, do you have a scope and sequence, an over-arching plan for what time periods to hit, what books to include and get to, etc? I am considering going off on my own, curriculum-wise, because I'm tweaking the pre-made booklists more and more, but I like the idea of having a whole plan, knowing I will get to the things which are important, and not having to reinvent the wheel each school year. Though
  12. I know of a lot of Charlotte Mason sites on the web (Simply Charlotte Mason, Ambleside, Charlotte Mason Help) but I am sure there are some I am unaware of. I feel a strong need to connect to all things CM. So what are the best CM forums, blogs, general websites? Thanks!!!
  13. I've been browsing this site: http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/2009/07/habit-training.html I feel absolutely overwhelmed by all that we need to accomplish here...and highly motivated to get started! :) So...I'm starting a running list of which chores to introduce & when, helpful routines & organizational strategies we could implement, etc. I'm planning to take one small step at a time, maybe one for each child or just something we could implement as a family, and build from there. I know everyone will have different lists...but I'm curious to hear from you all... What wou
  14. Any way to delete this post? It seems to be attracting lots of Spam...
  15. Just blogged about last week's picture study with Van Gogh's Starry Night. If anyone has been wondering about SCM's portfolios, or picture study in general, you might appreciate it.
  16. First some background info: Ds9 is going to be 10 when he starts 5th grade. In fact, we start school the day after his birthday. He is imaginative, a dreamer, builds xyz with Lego once and leaves it like that for playing as a toy, talks about building and creating things nonstop but doesn't care to actually provide the blueprints, etc. Most things he wants to build are not grounded in reality. He doesn't enjoy school very much, but he's ok with it most days. Other days he actually enjoys it. He has a happy nature in general, and extremely enthusiastic about the stuff he's imagining or
  17. Since we started homeschooling I've used a classical/CM mix. This fall I've decided to go full board with Ambleside Online. The problem is twofold - first, since we're not used to doing quite so much reading and narration I'm afraid of overloading the kiddos, and second, we're already committed to a co-op that will provide science, history, art, spanish, geography and writing. I really don't have time to do all that plus the full AO book list. So. I have a sixth, fourth and second grader, but I'm going to do Year 2 history with all of them because it coincides with the co-op history. Here
  18. Hi all! I am really being drawn to Memoria Press for next year. I need something that gets done, and I like their emphasis on recitation and review, as well as their selected books. I'd be looking at the 3rd and 5th grade set, probably combining the boys in Christian Studies I and Astronomy just to streamline. I'd also stick with MEP and SWR instead of Rod & Staff. (I don't think I'll get the 1st grade set, unless it's just the reading package.) I was going to do LCC next year, but MP has most of what LCC does, and it's all planned out for me. I also like CM. Reading books slowly. Arti
  19. Good morning everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that I have posted all 3 of the year's terms for the free History Plans I shared the last few days. :) I am using Story of the World 3 and A History of US 2-5 as the spines but have also scheduled some other things like videos and projects. I also have other books scheduled in that fit with the time period of each term. Here's a link to the newest one: http://themommywrite...kshands_18.html And in case you missed the others, here are the links for those as well: http://themommywrite...kshands_17.html and also: h
  20. I am going to be driving with my girls this summer (and no adults) for about 60 hours total on a very long trip. I am looking for some lectures to listen to. I already have all of SWBs and several from the Circe thread. I think I'd like to learn more about Charlotte Mason. Do any of you know of any good ones?
  21. I want something simple and very Charlotte Mason next year for my 1st and 4th grade kids for Science. I was wondering if anyone has used the Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers as a jumping off point for Science? If so, what did you do? Are there lesson plans somewhere? Did you visit places? Read additional books? Write reports? Watch videos? Do science activities? Make display boards? I would love some ideas!
  22. Hi! I hope this is okay to post here... I recently put together my own History curriculum using lots of different booklists available for free online that I'll be using next year with my 8th, 5th, and 2nd graders using materials we either already own or can easily get for free online and from the library. I thought some others might be interested in using it as well so I thought I'd offer up the link to it here. My plan is to cover 1550 through 1850 using Story of the World 3 and History of US 2-5 as the spines. Let me know what you all think of it and if there are any issues with it
  23. I can see definite benefits to my son of having him narrate what he has read. However, we have never done this & I'm trying to figure out how to get started. Should I have him start with oral narration? How quickly would I move him to written narration? What should he narrate? His literature, his history, his science? Should he narrate every subject, every day? What is the difference between narrating and summarizing? Any ideas on how to get started with this at the high school level would be appreciated. Thanks
  24. I am loving all the CM threads going on, and wanted to share what we've been doing for poetry. We are using AO Year 3, reading several poems a day aloud together. We discuss the poems if either of us have thoughts (which we almost always do) but keep it very conversational and casual. Sometimes DD likes to try and figure out rhyme scheme, meter, alliteration, metaphor, and other poetic elements. Other times she just wants to talk about a certain line that she really likes, or a word she is confused about. Often she points out the Biblical imagery she sees in the poem. Once a week, she
  25. I'd like to incorporate some Waldorf-style crafts for the superficial reason that they are so pretty :) , and the slightly more respectable reasons that they are nature-oriented and fairly practical/functional -- it ties in nicely with our CM-ish nature studies and goals for handicrafts. I'm not sure how to best to add on, though, because our schedule is pretty full right now. Granted, "full" includes a generous dose of unstructured and outdoor play; but there isn't a LOT of room for more "structured" activities that require teaching & supervision. This is mainly for Button -- who li
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