I had to wonderful opportunity to attend a Charlotte Mason Conference yesterday. I must say it was AWESOME! As I said in my previous post, I am quite nervous…ok I was more like freaking out!! 😉 But I must admit that after attending the Wonder Together Conference yesterday, WOW!! I truly believe that I can do this!
If you’re not familiar with her philosophies or the CM Method, you can click here to get an idea. Below is also a brief excerpt from the site:
Charlotte Mason believed that children are able to deal with ideas and knowledge, that they are not blank slates or empty sacks to be filled with information. She thought children should do the work of dealing with ideas and knowledge, rather than the teacher acting as a middle man, dispensing filtered knowledge. A Charlotte Mason education includes first-hand exposure to great and noble ideas through books in each school subject, and through art, music and poetry.
The knowledge of God, as found in the Bible, is the primary knowledge and the most important. History is taught chronologically, using well-written history books, source documents and biographies. Literature is taught along with history, using books from or about the same time period. Language arts skills are learned through narration, which consists of the child telling back a story, first orally and later in written form; copywork, or the transcribing of a well-written piece of literature; and dictation of passages from their books. Memorization was used by Charlotte Mason not so much to assimilate facts, but to give children material to meditate or “chew” on, so her students memorized scripture and poetry.
I will post more on it as I continue to learn. I am barely going through the First Volume in the CM Series, “Home Education.” And yes, I realize that book titles should be underlined, but here on my draft screen I only have Bold and Italic. Sorry 😦
Well, for tonight I am done as I am off to read…
God Love You ♥