Archive | September, 2010

Homeschool language arts

Charlotte Mason Answers Your Questions about Narration: Language Arts, part 4

Narration is a cornerstone of Charlotte Mason’s language arts program. She wrote extensively on the subject, giving lots of helpful and practical tips. In one sense, narration is simple; in another sense, it is an art form. So it’s no surprise that many moms have questions about doing narration. What better place to get answers […]

Homeschool language arts

Literature, Vocabulary, and Comprehension: Language Arts, part 3

If your school experience was anything like mine, you most likely sat through a multitude of vocabulary worksheets and reading comprehension worksheets in every grade. Plus, you probably had a separate class for Literature in junior high or high school. Charlotte Mason’s approach to those subjects was much simpler and more effective. The three skills […]

Homeschool language arts

Charlotte Mason’s Language Arts Program: Language Arts, part 2

As we mentioned last week, Charlotte taught all the language arts skills in just a few power-packed subjects. One of Charlotte’s main strategies was to integrate language arts studies into other subjects, rather than pulling them out as separate skills. So as the students were doing History, for example, they were also practicing listening, reading, […]

Homeschool language arts

What Exactly Is Language Arts?: Language Arts, part 1

In my years of helping other Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, probably the one topic that comes up most often is language arts. I receive questions from “How do you do language arts the Charlotte Mason way?” to “What about composition?” to “How do you teach spelling and vocabulary?” to “Can you recommend a living English grammar […]

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