We began our homeschooling journey last year, during Noah’s last term of Year 1. I had chosen ‘Animal’s And Their Worlds’, a Winterpromise program to start with, however, the materials didn’t come when required so I ran with my own program for the remainder of the year. Most of the Winterpromise program arrived in time for the start of Noah’s second year of schooling so we have been doing that for the last 9 weeks.
Anyway, after the problems with shipping and being a little frustrated with the program, I began to look for other homeschooling programs that might better suit our family. One popular homeschooling approach caught my interest, a Charlotte Mason education. She was an outstanding brilliant British educator in the 1800s who really had a passion for children and the education of the ‘whole’ child. I’m now keen to attempt to implement a Charlotte Mason approach. Some of the key elements focus on:
- Quality living texts
- Habit forming
- Short lessons
- Nature Study
- Copy work
- History taught chronologically alongside Literature and Geography
- Art, Music and Poetry appreciation
- Foreign Language study
- The knowledge of God being the source of knowledge and most important.
- www.amblesideonline.org – Main source with schedules, booklist and heaps of information all for FREE!
- www.charlottemasonhelp.com – Great blog offering practical insights.
- www.simplycharlottemason.com – Another great sight with schedules, booklists and bookshop.
- www.ohpeacefulday.blogspot.com.au – Great Aussie blog with adapted schedules and booklists for Australians.
- www.homeschoolingdownunder.com – Another Aussie site with information and downloads.