Today is my third post in my 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge, so today’s letter is “C” which will be for the Charlotte Mason and Classical Methods of Homeschooling.
Throughout the years, we have used a variety of homeschooling methods, including the Charlotte Mason of homeschooling. Charlotte Mason believed students should be exposed to high quality living books rather than what she referred to as “twaddle”. Students should spend time in nature, observing and learning from it. Nature Studies, Dictation, and narration all play a crucial role in helping students retain what they are learning. Rather than simply memorizing endless and often meaningless (or at least meaningless to the students), these living books help the subjects come alive for the students and keep their focus and attention.
One of my favorite curriculum choices from my children’s elementary school days was the Trail Guide to Learning Series from Geography Matters. This selection allowed our two youngest children to work together and explore history from the perspective of literature, science, language arts, and art. I loved how this curriculum was essentially an open and go curriculum since we purchased the entire package. You can read more about this curriculum here.
Another favorite site offering Charlotte Mason materials is Simply Charlotte Mason. This site offers everything about explanations about the Charlotte Mason method, curriculum choices, lesson plans, a lesson plan organizer and more. So if you are interested in the Charlotte Mason method, check out Simply Charlotte Mason for yourself.
Another popular method of homeschooling is the Classical Homeschooling method. Classical Education involved three stages: The Grammar Stage, the Logic Stage, and the Rhetoric Stage. In the first stage – the Grammar Stage, students concentrate on learning facts, memorizing things and gathering knowledge and information. The second stage is the Logic Stage where students begin to apply logic to what they already know. Finally, the Rhetoric Stage is when students apply the skills of wisdom and knowledge.
One popular resource for the Classical Method of Homeschooling is Trivium Pursuit. You can find their site here on the Internet. This site offers background information, books, free downloads and more to assist parents on their Classical Homeschooling journey.
An Internet search will provide a lot of helpful information regarding both the Charlotte Mason Method of Homeschooling and the Classical Method of Homeschooling. So check them out for yourself.
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