Archive | October, 2010

Homeschool language arts

A Charlotte Mason Approach to English Grammar: Language Arts, part 9

“You mean I don’t have to teach English grammar all year long in every grade?” Esther was astonished. “You’re already teaching the correct way to use words every time you have the children read or write or tell or listen. ‘Grammar’ just means the set of rules for speaking and writing a language.” Beth smiled. […]

Homeschool language arts

Poetry: Language Arts, part 8

If you have been following our Language Arts series from the beginning, you will remember that Charlotte Mason approached language arts in a balanced two-pronged way: first, she integrated many language arts skills into regular school subjects; and second, she taught some skills with specific language arts lessons. We’re about to wrap up the series. […]

Homeschool language arts

Copywork, Transcription, Dictation: Language Arts, part 7

In studying to put together our new book, Hearing and Reading, Telling and Writing: A Charlotte Mason Language Arts Handbook, I was once again amazed at the way Charlotte could take a simple idea and pack it full of benefits. Take copywork, transcription, and dictation, for examples. Each of those methods is pretty simple to […]

Homeschool language arts

Teaching Reading: Language Arts, part 6

People often ask me what curriculum I used to teach my children to read. I didn’t use one. We just played with letters and their sounds, and eventually, when they were ready, I showed them how to put those sounds together to figure out words. That method worked well for my first three children, but […]

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