Wednesday, February 27, 2008
As I wrote in my profile, I am a homeschooling mom. I love homeschooling although it has good and bad days. I am a Charlotte Mason girl. For those of you who don't know what this is, it is a style of homeschooling. We use whole living books to read. These are books written by one author who is passionate about the subject. They are not textbooks because they are written about many subjects and by more than one author. How many of you have read a really good book that was non-fiction? Say about Helen Keller that wanted you to learn more? That is a living book it inspires you! So those are the books I look for. The girls love to read and do most of their learning with these types of books. We also do grammar by journaling. I asked a professor once how to improve writing and grammar skills he said "by reading really good books and by practicing"! So, that was exactly what Charlotte Mason said in her books . We also do vocabulary words which can be interesting considering the majority of our reading comes from classics like Shakespheare . We also do Narration and Dictation along with Copying great works. I will get into these later. For Math we use Math-U-See, it works well for us and uses the mastery method rather than the spiral method schools and textbooks use. Anyhow, if any of you doubted how crazy I was it is now verified. I am crazy about books, Jesus, my kids, and oh yeah my husband.