Thursday, July 18, 2019

Charlotte Mason Planning Mode

This is what it looks like when you're in planning mode for next school year, and can't decide what homeschooling books to read for yourself to help better implement the Charlotte Mason philosophy! You just start reading all of them!

Honestly, I have had all of these books for awhile, but I'm just now getting around to reading them.  I know, I know!

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass
This is a great book for helping to understand how narration looks and progresses through each stage.  This year I will have a beginning narrator (Y1), a strong oral narrator that will begin written narrations, and the oldest--he's been doing written narrations for two years and we're getting ready to step it up a notch! Since the kids are all over the place in ability and skill, this is helping me to keep in perspective what I should expect from each of them.  There are a lot of samples from students of all ages and abilities, and there is a lot of practical and useful help on actually implementing narration.

The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason by Laurie Bestvater
I'm not very far into this book yet, but I'm making it a point to read it, because I have been lacking in the area of notebooks!  We've been very hit and miss on the nature journal, mostly miss.  I haven't started a book of centuries with the boys.  I just need a little bit more . . . focus, I guess, to get me there. The book doesn't feel as straightforward as Know and Tell, but I want to give it a chance!

Minds More Awake: The Vision of Charlotte Mason by Anne E. White
While the first two books are specific in their scope, this one gives a broader look at the philosophy as a whole.  White's writing style is both straightforward and conversational, and I'm hoping to feel inspired and encouraged from it as we move forward into a new year.

Hopefully I will remember to write a follow-up post with actual reviews of the books, and what I've learned and applied from them!

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