I recently read an article by a Classical homeschooler who claimed that Charlotte Mason didn’t require writing (pick up a pencil and write) till age ten. To me that is not what the method is at all. There is lots of writing required from a child before they are ten.
Dictation has been used for centuries; it is a tried and true successful method that has proven results. Charlotte Mason believed it was essential for teaching spelling and writing. Charlotte Mason dictation is a little different to how many of use would conduct a dictation lesson. She believed in studying the words before the were ...
Last term my children asked me for some spelling lessons. They felt that some of their friends were better spellers and they wanted to improve.
Our spelling lessons up until now with Master 11 and Miss 9 has mostly been copywork and some dictation. Feeling a little guilty that they asked to be better spellers, I thought that I would revisit the whole spelling curriculum and see what I should do.
I went to my favourite curriculum haunts, re read through some ...
Just five minutes copywork everyday is all you need to begin teaching your child handwriting.
Have you tried Charlotte Mason handwriting copywork yet? I have used it in my homeschool for over 10 years and I think it is one of the most helpful tools for developing my children’s handwriting and writing skills.
I have used literature based programs in the following ways.
1.Learning Language Arts Through Literature. I did like the original version but the workbook style was not as good. When we hit fifth grade (I think) the books and poems were all very American including the Star Spangled Banner (that is the year they study American history, I believe) which is great for ...