Jimmie, over at Jimmie’s Collage, has a great post today about falling off the Charlotte Mason wagon. (Charlotte Mason is a 19th Century British educator who espoused many wonderful educational techniques that a lot of homeschoolers now follow.)
Her ideas are “gentle” but not necessarily easy. Here are the specifics that Jimmie mentioned today:
Daily nature walks
Composer study (Here’s what I’m going to do for composer study this month: Debussy, and later this summer Puccini.)
Artist study (Today, I put up one of our Picturing America posters, of “The Boating Party” by Mary Cassatt)
Shakespeare (I just put Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare on hold at the library.)
Unfortunately, I must admit that I have fallen off the wagon, for the only one of the above I was doing prior to reading Jimmie’s post was reading aloud a poem every day and some sporadic narration. So, I’ve decided that this summer I’m going to reread one of my favorite books: A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola (and maybe her book A Pocketful of Pinecones, too). And I’ll get back on the wagon!
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