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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. I'm new to the Latin Centered Curriculum (LCC) approach and have been reading some of the samples on their site as well as posts about it here on the board. This may be a really silly question, but can anyone tell me where LCC and the Charlotte Mason approach differ from one another? By definition (quality not quantity), LCC wouldn't be defined as a "liberal arts education" unless I'm misunderstanding. It would seem to view some of those subjects taught in a CM model to be extracurricular - important, but not central (or included per se). I'm taking this summer to brush up on some rea
  5. I have read about Charlotte Mason Education and find it very interesting. I have a 3 year old son and will be homeschooling him in the future. Do any of you use Gateway Christian School based in Memphis? I know I have to have lesson plans for the year ready before I enroll him to begin school. Is this fairly easy to do? Can you give me some good advice?
  6. I am looking for books, curriculum that follow the CM method, etc. I really seem to be drawn to her learning style. I am looking ahead for my preschoolers. Aside from reading with them what should I be doing? I know I definitely fall short in the amount of their outside time but we live in cookie cutter suburbia and it is currently averaging 92 degrees and the humidity is stiffling. Any suggestions for me?
  7. After all the great resources offered on Charlotte Mason from my previous post I found a nice forum that is set up similar to the WTM model. It's not just a one long list like the yahoo lists which are so hard to follow. There are great resources on this site but here is the forum: http://www.secularcm.com/apps/forums/ I hope more people will post on it and make it active again. I'd love to talk CM more! Hope to see you there! Ann
  8. I was looking at Ambleside Online. I will be in 11th grade next year, so I was glad to finally find a free homeschool resource for high school. I came on the K-8 boards because I think CM might be used more in the younger grades. Anyways, I just don't understand it. I went to Year 11 and looked at the book list and it says the 20th century is studied in History, great, that's right in line with me! But, are the History books also considered the Literature books or are those separate? Do I make up my own study questions/essays, or is that completely against what CM believed? Would H
  9. I was reading in Charlotte Mason's own volumes (volume 3) and looking over the appendix which contains sample exam questions and also at the end some sample Oral Lessons. I was wondering how often she incorporated these Oral Lessons. Does anyone know or can refer me to another place in this volume (or a different volume) where she discusses this? The samples seem to indicate at least weekly lessons per subject but I could be wrong on this point. Does anyone who uses CM create these types of lessons? I am considering this since I know I would have better results with our lessons if I
  10. I've been reading the recent Waldorf threads, and they've piqued my interest. I've also done some reading on CM, which also appeals to me. Other than the spiritual aspect, I'm a little confused as to the differences between the two. They seem very similar. Or maybe I just need more coffee. :001_huh: Can anyone compare/contrast these for me? Thanks!
  11. This board is by far the most active hs site in general and I do love it! But I do love the Charlotte Mason education philosophy and enjoy discussing this style of hsing and related resources more specifically. Other than the CM and secular CM yahoo groups, what are some other active or up to date CM sites out there now? (I do read the yahoo groups but they are just not conducive to good discussions or searching for info KWIM?) How about some great CM type blogs? I do know of: Penny Gardner's site Simply Charlotte Mason Ambleside thanks! :001_smile: Ann
  12. Ok, I was almost decided to do Ambleside next year when I started looking at Living Books Curriculum. Any opinions? One thing that has tipped me more in the direction of LBC is that I noticed it looks like AO only goes through the history sequence once to end of high school while LBC finishes by the end of 8th grade. I'm assuming you can then go back through a 2nd time in high school. Anybody else notice this? Thoughts? Josephine
  13. Please talk to me as if I know nothing about Charlotte Mason. I'm trying to make sense of what the Ambleside Online curriculum is. I see that there are booklists and schedules for the books. What I don't see is what the expectations are that you will do once you read (narration? oral/written? how much dictation? How much art study or music study?) I'm a bit overwhelmed and confused with what people are actually doing when they use AO. Sample schedules would be a huge help. Commentary on general Charlotte Mason stuff would be lovely too.
  14. It is sad to say, but while I like Charlotte's methods, they just don't work as well as I would like in their pure form. Not in my family anyway. I have tried twice to use a very Charlotte Mason style curriculum and when exam time came they just don't seem to recall much. :001_huh: The living books part has been wonderful, I just wish they would remember more. I have read three of her works in modern english and really thought she was on to something. Maybe it was the way I applied it or the books we used. Maybe it was me, maybe I wasn't consistent. I will blame it on myself. :glare:
  15. I've been to the website and it looks like a list of books - really good books. So what does a school 'doing Ambleside' look like? Is it mostly reading and discussing? Heather
  16. I would love to know your approach. I love the big picture of classical, and we pretty much follow the WTM with changes for the 3 year history cycle we do with classical conversations. I've been looking at the CM method a bit lately especially since I'm struggling with specifics when planning for reading and language. It seems like the AO site kind of promotes and all or nothing approach when it comes to CM, so I was hoping some of you all might be able to share how you mesh CM with classical successfully.
  17. Good morning! For those moms who use AO or SCM (either alone or in combo with WTM), how did you choose which one to use? I have read some of the posts at SCM about the differences between the two and searched the archives here as well, but would love to hear more. I have thought for some time that a more CM approach would be of great benefit to my daughters, especially the oldest. I have always been drawn to it, but just never able or willing to take enough time to really learn all about it and plan our weeks in a more CM-friendly way. Part of the reason is because my oldest DD has ADD
  18. Do you so the same subjects each day with your children or not? I am considering switching things up a bit as I try to move to a more CM-friendly plan for the girls. I found the schedules at SCM and also searched the archives here and found this thread but thought I'd poll y'all to see what you do. I like the idea of doing the exact same thing in the exact same order each day. DD#1 and I both have pretty severe attention issues (both diagnosed ADHD - I'm medicated, she's not :tongue_smilie:) I find that we are lucky to get the 3Rs in each day. I feel that that way we at least get in t
  19. Hello. While I use a hearty dose of WTM and classical materials, I have been a (primarily) unit study user for most of our homeschool years. Recently I was sweeping the web for tidbits about the Charlotte Mason method, and ran across this post on someone's site (please forgive me but I cannot locate it again to give the author credit). Would you mind reading these words by Miss Mason, and share your thoughts? Honestly, they really made me stop and ponder my methods. :001_huh: Thanks for your insights. << Charlotte Mason first describes an in depth unit study based on the classic novel
  20. "ramping up"? I mean, at what grade does your schedule get longer, more "intense", more "academic", etc.? I've been drawn to CM style ed. for some time now. I've finally realized that it's a better "fit" for my ds10 and ds7. While my dd11 and even my ds8 can handle a more rigorous, classical type curriculum/course of study, my ds10 and ds7 are your typical boys who need that afternoon free to explore, play, use their imagination, build treehouses, make movies, etc. So, ds10 will be in 5th...when do I start having to increase the workload? Any thoughts welcome!
  21. If you follow a CM approach, does your school name reflect it? If so, please share it! Thanks! :)
  22. Anyone teach reading without a program? I've tried several programs with all my boys. None have learned to read early. I was reading through Charlotte Mason Volume 1 and it just sounds so easy to teach reading her way. My two oldest ended up in ps. They both came home in 1st grade and honestly neither could read. They had memorized a lot but couldn't really read. They both ended up teaching themselves to read. My 6 year old is struggling to read. He forgets each lesson. We have tried Phonics Pathways and OPGTR. We have alway read a lot of rich literature. We play lots of ga
  23. I have sensed that hive members adhere to more than just classical education in their teaching endeavours. Charlotte Mason style education references turn up, so I'll gamble on posting here. I signed up for the Yahoo "CM" group and was admitted; however, my question never was posted (although other people's were). So that was not a useful attempt. Hence the clumsy question(s): I always have been drawn to CM-style education, but it never "happened." Various reasons for that. Now I'm 14 years into this homeschooling job, and wondering -- How old is TOO old for a student to begin inc
  24. I am new to CHarlotte Mason. In fact, without realizing it, I was doing quite a bit last year! But, I would like to read more and be encouraged to continue with the concept. I want to learn more. What book(s) should I get? Our library carries nothing. No one in my cover has any CM books. In fact, several ladies asked me "What is that all about? Never heard of it" So, whatever I need, I will have to purchase. My children are 5th and 8th. My 8th grader will be doing several classes for high school credit next year, so I really need information about high school. Again, wh
  25. Could you share with me why you like AO? Could you recommend how to get started in it? Could you share what has helped you in your planning for multiple children? Would you mind sharing why you prefer AO over other CM influenced curriculums such as My Father's World and Heart of Dakota (HOD)? I would especially like to hear about that last point if there are any of you out there who have used MFW or HOD (or considered it) and then decided to go with AO instead. Thanks so much for your time! Terri
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