I spent most of today working on this blog and trying to get it up and running, and what a job it has been! Trying to figure out how to create and edit my pages, posts, Blogroll, etc has been so time-consuming, not to mention trying to figure out all the wordpress.com lingua / technical jargon that I am not entirely familiar with – phew, what an experience! Despite the minor hurdles along the way, it has been worth the experience and I am a little wiser, I think, than I was before 😉
So, what did we do today in terms of learning? Kezia, my oldest child, started off with her continued work on cursive exercises. At this juncture, I must say that I began teaching Kezia cursive in 2008 or thereabouts, when she was four (4) years old (yeah, yeah, too young but she’s been an early learner in a lot of things) and then we dropped it. The SCM material we are using is Print to Cursive Proverbs, and what I like about each lesson is that it uses verses from the book of Proverbs. What a way to get constituted with the Word of God whiles learning cursive handwriting!
As with all subjects, the CM recommended way is to keep lessons short and sweet, as this helps train children in the habit of attention. It is truly amazing how much children can accomplish in 15-20 minutes of complete attention. I am seeing and experiencing this first-hand with Kezia, and even with Azkarah, our precocious 4-year old.
For Kezia’s spelling lesson, we are using Spelling Wisdom, a wonderful resource that teaches frequently used words presented in the writings of great men and women of history. According to Charlotte Mason, spelling depends upon a photographic, detailed picture of a word and the way that this is practically applied is that a child looks at a word or sentence until he can see the same word or sentence with his eyes closed. When the child is ready, he then spells the word or sentence from his visual memory or, if in the case of a sentence, has the sentence read out loud once and then spells it. There will rarely be an error, and I have found this to be true with Kezia.
We then covered a lesson from the book, First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise (which can be purchased from Amazon). Although the material we are covering (today was a lesson on Proper Nouns) is very basic and something that I have already covered with Kezia a couple years ago, I strongly feel to start from the beginning in all subjects as we implement the CM approach in our home-learning environment. As there is no rush with learning and as this approach doesn’t advocate ticking boxes for meeting targets or deadlines, we have nothing to lose, and so much to gain.
We ended our morning with a Bible reading from Genesis 11, verses 1 through to 9, which is an account of the tower of Babel. The book (a Pdf download) we are using is titled, Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt. I absolutely love it! This is a history handbook which walks one through the accounts of Adam to Moses, including a study of Ancient Egypt. There are Scripture passages to read, recommended living books to use, narration ideas, geography ideas, and optional hands-on activities for the whole family. It is truly awesome! Even if you are not home-educating (home-schooling), or if you are but do not know about, or use CM books, I highly recommend this one as a family Bible/History/Geography learning book. It’s well worth the purchase. As shipping costs from the US to the UK are horrendously high, I simply pay to download the e-books instead, and with a PayPal account it’s easier and safer.
It’s late and way past my bedtime and as much as I would love to share more, I should go to bed as I need to rest to function.
Goodnight, folks, and catch up with you, hopefully, tomorrow.
Judith aka AB