A couple of weeks ago, three other CM homeschool mammas and I had a night-for-talking-shop. We ate Coffeemamma's chocolate cookies, showed-and-telled some of our school stuff, and talked about narration, habits, and notebooks!
And now the rest of you are here too! Please sit down with us and join in the discussion that could have gone on for much longer.
We all agreed that probably the easiest Charlotte Mason thing for us to implement was reading. Even for those of us whose kids aren't "tonstant weaders" or who have particular learning-to-read issues, books have played an important part in our homeschools.
Amber presents The power of narrative ~ Cultivate the love of story! posted at Homeschool Diva.
Jill at Praiseworthy Things prefers to save her voice, and makes use of the Learn Out Loud audio downloads. She says, "This may be a stretch, but I know that any CMers who follow AO curriculum will certainly be happy to find many of the books they need in these links!"
So it often isn't the reading that's a problem--but it's harder to develop the habit of narration after a reading. Donna-Jean says, "It is the expression of the child's relationship with the material and with the mind of its author, as well as an exercise in the child's habit of attention."
Donna-Jean presents Creative Narration posted at Liberty and Lily. She says, "Narration is daily work, as vital to one's education as food is to the body. It can be done in small amounts, frequently, steadily. But after years of familiarity with narration, a bigger assignment can occur. Here is my oldest child's creative narration of the War of 1812."
The talk of books moves on to the rest of the curriculum.
Mama Squirrel at Dewey's Treehouse pulls out some of her thoughts on how a mishmash of books turns into something that makes sense.
A Charlotte Mason education includes real art, real music, real handicrafts. Everyone shares what they have been doing in those areas.
And then there's the afternoon nature walk. Coffeemamma reminisces about living in a house by the river, and we muse about camping and hikes and all the critters we've seen.
Update and apologies to Betsy for misplacing her submission: Betsy presents As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child, posted at The Homeschool Way.
And we go on to talk about character, ideas, habits...
Oops--I guess we've treasured a few too many moments tonight: it's time to stack the cups and gather up the notebooks. Meet you next week at the nature trail!
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