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In narration, the child “tells back,” in his own words, a chapter, a short book or a poem. This technique is a trademark of the + Charlotte Mason method and is explained fully in her books as well as in Karen Andreola’s A Charlotte Mason Companion. Narration is a particularly good technique to use with a younger child who does not yet write fluently. It is also effective for building English and speech skills and securing information firmly in the child’s knowledge repository.

History and Literature

Histories, philosophical works, handbooks and other non-fiction works are literature only in such cases as an appeal is made to the universal emotions common to mankind. That into which no feeling can enter is not literature. History is the record of what man has done, whereas literature is the record of man’s thought and emotions. The literature of a period portrays that period in the lives of the characters. Because of this, history should be learned through literature not textbooks. Literature should have the greater emphasis because one only really knows a time by knowing the thoughts and words of the people who lived at that time.

Language Arts

When there is an emphasis on reading from a young age, language skills will be learned effortlessly. The child will write well and exhibit an expanding vocabulary in both speech and writing. You may also find, as we did, spelling class to be unnecessary.

Literature School Basics

  1. Select a number of well chosen books.
  2. Set a particular time to read each book.
  3. Let nothing interfere with your ` scheduling.
  4. Use discussion and research to create interest.
  5. Process, by writing or narrating.

Each child should have the opportunity to read aloud each day. During this time you can note and correct mispronounced words.

Older Students

  • Present questions that require thought. Some questions may not have one perfect answer. Some may not have an answer at all. Nevertheless, thought is stimulated and learning takes place.
  • Copy challenging writing in order to practice English skills and increase comprehension.
  • Do extensive research in order to understand deeper writing such as poems.
  • Research authorsScience Articles, times and places.
  • Report by presenting orally or compiling results of research in writing. The quantity and quality of written assignments should increase with older students.
  • Solidify language-learning with a formal grammar course and a formal writing course such as the Wordsmith courses by Jane B. Cheaney.
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Irene Doura
Irene Doura
2 years ago

Quite innovative and highly interesting ideas that should be taken into consideration

Helen Keranis
Helen Keranis
2 years ago

Very interesting method!

Eleni Kerani
Eleni Kerani
2 years ago

Very useful article for teachers and students!

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