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post #21 of 135
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can someone explain what cm entails?
I think the best site out there is SimplyCharlotteMason.com More info there than I can type out tonight!!

AM
post #22 of 135
I agree that www.simplycharlottemason.com explains a lot. Also Wikipedia has a pretty straighforward article about her and her methods.

We have only been homeschooling since Jan of this year, and in that half year I found that my daughter really needs a structured approach. So this fall I am going to try harder to "do" Charlotte Mason--so far I have just been loosely incorporating some aspects of it.

Short, timed lessons especially are really needed for my dd because otherwise she will daydream and dawdle forever. I'm going to make a timetable as well and try to stick to it.

And I'm going to try harder to make sure my kids spend as much time as possible outside. Lots of outside time should be one of the benefits of homeschooling!

I'm reading the first book in her Original Homeschooling Series right now, and I'm really enjoying it and getting some great ideas. Although a few things she mentions in there are laughably out of date (for example mentions of governesses), overall I think her approach to education is wonderful. I like that it is gentle and yet firm, and I love that she places first importance on the development of the child as whole person, not just their intellectual development.
post #23 of 135
oh I'm so excited that this thread has started. I have been acquiring the books for ambleside y0 and y1. My daughter is only 4 so we haven't formally started, but I've been researching and preparing for when the time comes. Actually to start I've been reading some unabridged classics and narrating to myself. I'm amazed at how much more I remember by doing this.

When I read to my dd I ask simple questions to try to get her talking about the story. We have also used finger puppets to act out fairy tales she knows.

I will be implementing the y0 curriculum for 1 1/2 to 2 yrs. I keep most lessons fairly short, she still doesn't care for the longer chapter books. I've also started playing french childrens' music during her playtime (this is also my housekeeping time). We also listen to classical and folk songs as well.

As for nature studies, that's my biggest challenge. I try to take her out to parks and nature museums at least once or twice a week. Sending her outside to play for very long isn't much of an option yet. Some day hopefully we'll have our own house with a yard...

Anyway, I truly hope this will be an ongoing thread!
post #24 of 135
We don't do too much outside play during the day here in the summer. It's too hot. The boys play outside more during the winter.

We are going canoing tomorrow though. (If Ds feels up to it...he has a fever)

What are some things we can do on the canoe? I'm thinking of asking ds to draw a picture of some of the things he sees.
post #25 of 135
Kleine Hexe,
How was the canoe trip?
post #26 of 135
The boys had fun on the canoe trip. I didn't go. My mom does not like outdoor activities so I stayed with her and we went "school" shopping. So the boys went with DH and my dad. They are drawing pictures of what they saw.

Another thing that I think I will start doing is having the boys make up stories. They will tell me a story and I will write it on paper for them since they do not write yet. I saw this on the DVD "Raising Cain" in one of the kindergarten classes this is what a teacher did once a week.
post #27 of 135
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Another thing that I think I will start doing is having the boys make up stories. They will tell me a story and I will write it on paper for them since they do not write yet. I saw this on the DVD "Raising Cain" in one of the kindergarten classes this is what a teacher did once a week.
That is such a cute idea. We did something like that 2 years ago. I bound everything into a book and gave it as Christmas presents.
post #28 of 135
That would make cute presents. Hadn't thought of that.
post #29 of 135
I'm in!

We're doing Ambleside Year 1 this year, and so far so good We did Year 0 last year and my kids really enjoyed it. I've gone back and forth on whether or not I want to try a different curriculum for my 3 1/2yo dd who wants to do school too, but I think she's just going to kind of tag along for now She has her own math, nature study book, and phonics stuff to work on, and then she understands the art, music, etc... so the only thing that is left is the book list because she can't quite grasp the Year 1 materials (duh, she's still really little.) We'll see... no matter what we do, it will be from a CM perspective. I'm just not sure if we may try something else before she starts Ambleside...
post #30 of 135
I'd be interested. I'm hoping to hs dd (8) this fall and plan on using the AO schedule, though I haven't decided yet what year to start her in.
post #31 of 135
Does anyone here use an actual science curriculum? I've been thinking of doing R.E.A.L. Science Earth and Space with DS. However, he will be taking a chemistry class at co-op and he'll be taking a science class taught every friday by a very cool teacher. So maybe I should leave the REAL science program out until later.
post #32 of 135
We will be using NOEO biology I, but since this is our first year I can't tell you what we think of it (I just ordered it, so haven't even received it yet). I was going to do just nature walks on Friday, with experiments done on bad weather days. But dh is going to be the science teacher, and he wanted more structure. So now I'll be doing the reading during the week, he'll do the experiments and nature walks on Fridays. They claim to be CM/classical ed compatible. Here's a link:

http://www.noeoscience.com/index.html
post #33 of 135
Thanks for that link. Noeo Homeschool Science looks neat--I've never come across a science curriculum that claims to be CM compatible. Please let us know what you think of it when it arrives.

Science is probably the one area of homeschooling that leaves me feeling a bit intimidated. There is just such a large body of knowledge involved with it.
post #34 of 135
I've been looking at Noeo science. I was hoping to get it for this coming year but not sure if we can swing it b/c of the cost. I'd be curious to know how you like it too!
post #35 of 135
Ds will be taking the Noeo chemistry at co-op so I'll get an idea of what's it's like.

Also, does anyone actually do the bird watching with the bird books?
post #36 of 135
We do CM and other things but I would love to join in here
post #37 of 135
I received our NOEO biology curriculum today, it looks really cool! 2 of the books are stories - one about Audubon and the other about Pasteur. The rest have lots of pictures and factoids - I think presented in a way that would hold a child's interest. Some weeks are just reading and narrating, and other weeks there are experiments, too. Some of the experiments are really cool! They get to grow yeast colonies in agar (and maybe bacteria, too, but I haven't opened the kit to get a closer look - don't want to lose any parts). I don't think I got to do that until college!
I get really excited every time i get more parts of our curriculum. I'm really excited to start, although I'm still waiting on stuff, and probably won't start until September. I'm also really excited about learning stuff I never learned (maybe forgot, but some of it I think I never knew - like the last Roman emperor was 6 years old when he became emperor - who knew? Hopefully I'm not the only one who didn't know that.)
post #38 of 135
That does sound like a cool curriculum. I think I'm going to have to check it out a little more closely.
post #39 of 135
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I'm also really excited about learning stuff I never learned (maybe forgot, but some of it I think I never knew - like the last Roman emperor was 6 years old when he became emperor - who knew? Hopefully I'm not the only one who didn't know that.)
Same here! I've forgotten a lot of course and some things I never knew. I'm just as excited about learning things as I am about teaching my kids.

I finally placed my first order from amazon on some books. I'm waiting for a friend to get back to me about placing an order together from Rainbow so we get free shipping.
post #40 of 135
Glad to find this thread. We are starting kindergarten with DD. We are using the "early years" guide from www.simplycharlottemason.com. We have already been doing art and music study for some time and am hoping to get more into nature study. It's hard for me...I hate going out with the humid heat and all the bugs! I'm trying to change my attitude about it though.
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