I found these passages, CM's Vol 3 p 180-181, to be interesting.
Other Ways of using Books.––But this is only one way to use books: others are to enumerate the statements in a given paragraph or chapter; to analyse a chapter, to divide it into paragraphs under proper headings, to tabulate and classify series; to trace cause to consequence and consequence to cause; to discern character and perceive how character and circumstance interact; to get lessons of life and conduct, or the living knowledge which makes for science, out of books; all this is possible for school boys and girls, and until they have begun to use books for themselves in such ways, they can hardly be said to have begun their education.
Has anyone used books in this way? If so, what does it look like in practice? Do you have it planned out for the day or is it spontaneous to the reading? My son (5th/6th) tends to have very long narrations and he will sometimes tell events out of order. I'm thinking some of these CM ideas would help him to pull out the "ideas" and "connections" from his readings. If you do have your child use these for books do you do it orally or written?
The Teacher's Part.––The teacher's part is, in the first place, to see what is to be done, to look over the work of the day in advance and see what mental discipline, as well as what vital knowledge, this and that lesson afford; and then to set such questions and such tasks as shall give full scope to his pupils' mental activity. Let marginal notes be freely made, as neatly and beautifully as may be, for books should be handled with reverence. Let numbers, letters, underlining be used to help the eye and to save the needless fag of writing abstracts. Let the pupil write for himself half a dozen questions which cover the passage studied; he need not write the answers if he be taught that the mind can know nothing but what it can produce in the form of an answer to a question put by the mind to itself.
Does anyone prepare for lessons like this? I don't usually prepare for lessons this way. Mostly I just pick the book up were we left off and ask a simple question about what happened yesterday, no prep on what we are about to read. Most of the time I have no idea what we are about to read as I've never read the book before.
While viewing the Books & Things DVD is struck me that Sonya prepared for her "lesson" in such a way. Before she read the excerpts about Charlotte Mason she struck a spark and prepared the audience for what she was about to read. I was reeled in and listening attentively even though I knew I could stop and rewind if I missed something. I wish to impart that same excitement and "delightful impact" upon my son.
Do any of you do this? In reality how much time does this take and do you prepare for each book you use?
Thanks for any thoughts you might have.