Charlotte Mason Method
Students will be educated by the Charlotte Mason method of learning which includes:
Narration – Narration consists of the child telling back a story that has been read to him/her or has been read by him/her. Miss Mason said that asking a child to narrate, that is, tell back or, for older children, “write down” what he has learned is the best way for him to acquire knowledge from books. Narration takes the place of questionnaires, paragraphs of fill-in-the-blanks, and multiple choice tests. It enables the child to use all of his mental faculties. He responds with his own paragraphs as he tells his version of what is read. When given books of literary quality, his mind does for itself the sorting, sequencing, selecting, connecting, rejecting, and classifying which workbooks, or cleverly correlated curriculum, attempt to teach him.
With narration, a child calls upon the picturesque vocabulary and descriptive powers of his favorite authors. He does not need to stop and look up a list of words that he/she should be gleaning from the text. Any vocabulary he leaves out of his narration now will assuredly and naturally be picked up later. It is ideas that our minds feed upon, not facts and information alone. Give children the opportunity to be in touch with at least one new idea a day through living books and use narration, and they will become real thinkers.
Copywork – Copywork is the key to all studies beginning at age six and continuing through high school. Copywork begins with careful penmanship, learning to make the letters and numbers correctly, producing a few perfect examples rather than a page of work that becomes sloppy. Letters are learned, then simple words, then sentences, paragraphs, poetry, and so on according to the age and ability of the student. The assignments are chosen from their current daily reading, inspiring quotes, or verses from the Bible.
Dictation – We read a spelling word, sentence, poem, or scripture verse, and the child writes what is being said. Dictation is done after copywork has been mastered well. During the copywork time before dictation, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation corrections need to be pointed out and corrected.
Composer Study – Children will be exposed to great minds through music. We will be studying Schumann and Handel in our composer studies this year.
Nature Study – This has an emphasis on close, focused observation of creation. We will have a nature study notebook where we sketch things from nature, identifying those things in a notebook. This also will be done on a weekly basis.
Language – We will be learning the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc.) using the methods above. Students will study in a simple but fun way to begin their foundation of the eight parts of speech.
Phonics – Kindergarten will be using the Alpha Phonics, a Primer for Beginning Readers.
Spelling – Kindergarten and first grade spelling will be combined with their phonics program. Second grade will be using the Grammar of Spelling for their curriculum. Everyone will have a composition book for their spelling assignments and work.
Math – We will be using Horizons Math, and these are a few of the concepts that are covered: counting, addition, subtraction, place value, time, calendars, money, shapes, sets, graphs, factions, measurements, temperature, multiplication, etc.
Science – We will be studying science using Considering God’s Creation. The students will be discovering science through their senses. We will be studying the plant and animal kingdoms as well as weather, rocks, and minerals.
History – Our history will be American history and our community. Geography will correlate with history and literature. Our reading and narrating will be done from many rich literary books that will take us on a journey from before the Spanish conquistadors arrived until the 1850’s.