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How to Teach Grammar Charlotte Mason Homeschool

How to Teach Grammar

Today we want to discuss how Charlotte Mason taught English grammar. Grammar analyzes the system and the structure of a language. That’s a heavy concept that requires abstract thinking, so Charlotte did not start formal grammar lessons until the student was about 10 years old.  When we talk about grammar lessons, we’re basically talking about […]

Charlotte Mason Method Transcription Handwriting

How to Do Transcription

Today I want to explain a practice that will help your student develop handwriting fluency, practice beautiful penmanship, encourage correct spelling, and feed your child’s mind with worthy ideas. It’s a simple practice, but it can yield big results. That practice is transcription. Here’s how to do it. What You Will Need Just as with […]

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Subjects: Grammar

Teaching Grammar: Subject by Subject, Part 16

Most of you were probably taught English grammar the same way I was. In first grade we were told, “A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea. Circle the nouns in these five sentences.” Then in second grade we were told, “A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, […]

Charlotte Mason Homeschool Subjects: Poetry

Teaching Poetry: Subject by Subject, Part 11

Most homeschool parents I talk to get a funny look on their faces when I mention poetry. That’s because their own schooling experience with poetry consisted of dissecting a poem to bits at the teacher’s insistence. Such over-analysis and examination steals all the joy from the beautiful words. Charlotte Mason’s approach is vastly different. (more…)

Using Language Well student and teacher books

Using Language Well: A New Language Arts Resource

Last week we talked about how Charlotte Mason used guided discovery with her students to help them grow in language arts—the art of using language well. With guided discovery, you guide your student’s attention to a particular aspect of a literary passage and encourage him to look closely and discover English and grammar points for […]

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Creative Narration, Creative Writing

(Editor’s Note: I sometimes get asked, “What about creative writing?” Here is a lovely post about how to approach creative writing by guest writer, Karen Andreola.) “If we would believe it, composition is a natural as jumping and running to children who have been allowed due use of books.”—Charlotte Mason (more…)

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