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So the best I can tell Ambleside Online is a list of books to read and, if you follow the schedule, when to read each book. But....<br><br>
is that it? No projects, activities, discussion ideas, etc?<br><br>
So then I would plan all the activities, projects, etc?<br><br>
I'm not saying I don't want to do that, but I am not sure I do want to do that, all the time, you know?<br><br>
Anyone want to explain how AO works?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Yes, more or less, you have the idea.<br><br>
You should definitely read over all the FAQ from their site that you can. They have a "how to begin" section that describes making a schedule pretty thoroughly.<br><br>
In general, Ambleside wants to communicate the CM method as much as a curriculum. There is a schedule, a rhythm, a routine to it that follows a method, more than a to-do list.<br><br>
It is all there, if you read the whole site. It definitely differs from some other curriculum. And the site does not handle math (other than to give suggested programs) and offers additional suggestions for some other subjects.
 

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Off the top of my head...<br><br>
CM is big on letting kids draw their own conclusions and make their own connections. So no, a strictly CM curriculum would not include a lot of associated activities. Instead of discussion questions, the kid is supposed to do narration about what they read - basically summarizing the work from their viewpoint. With younger kids (or kids new to narration), you might ask specific questions to help them learn how to do it, but, as answering specific "comprehension" or discussion questions really isn't the goal, there's no real reason for these to be included.<br><br>
Each year does include "tests" for each term, which do include this sort of question if you want some suggestions.<br><br>
The only thing I can think of where we really included additional activities was <i>Paddle To The Sea</i>, which we used with a map. Since that was the same thing each week, there wasn't any real planning or brainpower involved.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So the best I can tell Ambleside Online is a list of books to read and, if you follow the schedule, when to read each book. But....<br><br>
is that it? No projects, activities, discussion ideas, etc?<br><br>
So then I would plan all the activities, projects, etc?<br><br>
I'm not saying I don't want to do that, but I am not sure I do want to do that, all the time, you know?<br><br>
Anyone want to explain how AO works?<br><br>
Thanks!</div>
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Well, there are other activities that you're supposed to do along with the readings: Nature study is a big one (and keeping nature journals), art and art appreciation, music appreciation (listening to composers, and learning folksongs and hymns). It might not be immediately clear on the AO website, but if you poke around a bit you will see that there is a lot more to a CM education than just reading books.<br><br>
However, as others have mentioned, the main way that the academic subjects like history are studied, is by reading the books. Then the children summarize what they have learned through narration. Narration doesn't have to be simply talking; there are lots of ways that you can do it if you're creative. If I remember correctly, on simplycharlottemason.com there is a huge list of creative narration ideas, a lot of which look more like the traditional sort of activities that you're talking about.<br><br>
The key though, with Charlotte Mason, is to let the children sort through the information on their own, and retain what is interesting and meaningful to them. So any activities you do should be open ended, not fill-in-the-blanks with right or wrong answers.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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This is true. I was thinking supplemental activities specifically associated with the reading, not activities in general.
 

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there are quite a few active AO yahoo groups too. i bet you could join them & find lots of things already planned & scheduled full of great ideas. i'm not big on re-inventing the wheel if someone else has already done what i need <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I can give you an example of how we do it. I recently made a tentative outline of 4th grade for ds. It may explain better how to incorporate everything. We'll be using Year 3 after completing Years 1&2 already. We do math, spelling, reading, poetry, and copywork daily. Everything else is done once or twice a week. I do best with the freedom of the AO weekly guideline, instead of a daily lesson plan. The AO website also explains the Charlotte Mason approach to various subjects and how best to do those extra subjects (art, nature, composer study, etc). I recommend pulling up the AO sitemap page and just start reading <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">:<br><br>
9yo/4th grade:<br><br><b>Copywork & Composition</b>
<ul><li>Transcribe favorite passages from the Shakespeare play we are reading. Two perfectly written lines every week (in cursive).</li>
<li>Do the same for the scheduled poetry.</li>
<li>Written narration chosen from literature (1-2 per week, may be in cursive or manuscript).</li>
<li>Draw a narration chosen from literature.</li>
<li>Start Dictation, work up to one paragraph by end of year.</li>
<li>Writing Strands 3: 2 pgs weekly.</li>
</ul><b>Typing</b>
<ul><li>Online tutorial websites.</li>
</ul><b>Spelling & Vocabulary</b>
<ul><li>100 Words Your Kids Should Read by 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade. Daily spelling practice.</li>
<li>Daily reading aloud</li>
</ul><b>Grammar</b>
<ul><li>Simply Grammar~ together, 20 mins. 1x/wk.</li>
</ul><b>Poetry</b>
<ul><li>William Blake (Term 1)</li>
<li>Sara Teasdale and Hilda Conkling (Term 2)</li>
<li>Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Term 3)</li>
</ul>
1 or 2 poems per day, discussed and may be used as Copywork.<br><br><b>World & American History</b>
<ul><li>Our Island Story (Marshall)</li>
<li>This Country of Ours (Marshall)</li>
<li>A Child’s History of the World (Hillyer)</li>
</ul>
All history readings will be narrated. We will also correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and map<br><br><b>Biographies</b>
<ul><li>DaVinci (Landmark)</li>
<li>Bard of Avon: the Story of William Shakespeare (Vennema & Stanley)</li>
<li>Squanto (Ziner) or Landing of the Pilgrims (Daugherty)</li>
</ul><b>Geography</b>
<ul><li>A study of Marco Polo</li>
</ul><b>Natural History and Science</b>
<ul><li>Handbook of Nature Study</li>
<li>Secrets of the Woods (Long)</li>
<li>Science Lab in a Supermarket (Friedhoffer)</li>
<li>The Story of Inventions (McHugh) Or All About Famous Inventors & Their Inventions (Pratt) or War Inventions (Gibson)</li>
</ul>
We will do various science experiments and go on weekly nature walks, keeping a Nature Notebook. The Nature Study schedule for Year 3 is as follows: Summer/Fall Term - reptiles. Winter Term - flowerless plants/crops. Spring Term - fish and amphibians<br><br><b>Mathematics</b>
<ul><li>Teaching Textbooks 5 into Life of Fred Fractions</li>
</ul><b>Foreign Language</b>
<ul><li>Greek Alphabet</li>
<li>Sign Language</li>
</ul><b>Art</b>
<ul><li>Picture Studies focusing on 1 artist per 12 wk. term and read his life story from biographies found at the local library. . We will be studying: Term 1 - Albrecht Durer (Italian Renaissance). Term 2 - Caravaggio (Italian Baroque). Term 3 - not sure yet</li>
<li>Drawing from nature and narrating tales with drawings.</li>
<li>Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks</li>
</ul><b>Music Appreciation</b>
<ul><li>Listen to 1 composer (specifically) per term and read his life story from biographies found at the local library. We will be studying: Term 1 - Beethoven (Classical/Romantic). Term 2 - Vivaldi (Baroque). Term 3 - Chopin (Romantic)</li>
</ul><b>Literature Read-Alouds, Historical Fiction, & Independent Reads</b>
<ul><li>Tales from Shakespeare (Lamb)</li>
<li>American Tall Tales (Stoutenburg)</li>
<li>The Heroes (Kingsley)</li>
<li>The Princess & the Goblin (MacDonald)</li>
<li>Children of the New Forest (Marryat)</li>
<li>The Jungle Book (Kipling)</li>
<li>A Little Princess (Burnett)</li>
<li>The Water Babies (Kingsley)</li>
<li>At the Back of the North Wind (MacDonald)</li>
<li>Men of Iron (Pyle)</li>
<li>Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Carroll)</li>
<li>Through the Looking Glass (Carroll)</li>
<li>The Bears of Blue River (Major)</li>
<li>Swallows and Amazons (Ransome)</li>
<li>Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland (Yonge)</li>
<li>Caddie Woodlawn (Brink)</li>
<li>On the Banks of Plum Creek (Wilder)</li>
<li>The Little White Horse (Goudge)</li>
<li>The Saturdays (Enright)</li>
<li>English Fairy Tales - and more (Jacobs)</li>
<li>King of the Wind (Henry)</li>
<li>The Four Story Mistake (Enright)</li>
<li>Then There Were Five (Enright)</li>
<li>The Wheel on the School (De Jong)</li>
</ul>
 
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