I saw this at a homeschool get-together this spring and thought it looked really fun. There are several different packages, but they seem to study art and music the CM way. What do you guys think? I have nothing to start studying art or music with, so I thought this would be a great way to start; maybe the mini program?
Your thoughts, please.Pam HMember
You know I’m newbie too, but I love the looks of this!
Hi, Pam ~ how was your library sale? Any good books?
I actually met the mom who wrote the program; sweet, gentle soul. I had no idea she did anything like this until we were almost finished with our weekend together. I knew I was drawn to it, but I hadn’t heard of Charlotte Mason then. In my very humble opinion, it seems like it would do well as an art and music appreciation study. Anyone else have an opinion?Sonya ShaferModerator
It seems like the one element that is often missing in an art curriculum is Charlotte’s concept of lingering over one artist’s work for several weeks. Most curricula that I’ve seen lately are geared more toward giving an overview of many artists rather than forming a relation with one at a time.
Oh, thank you. If I did a study like this, you would suggest doing it over a much longer period of time and use the “sit and simmer” approach with each artist? Maybe even go to the library and get a book on his/her life, etc.?RebekahyParticipant
Hey Cindie – You COULD probably use that program in a CM friendly way – though I was a little disappointed because I couldn’t find anywhere that it listed WHICH composers and artists were covered. You could also save a lot of money by not buying it and instead just following the schedule listed in the curriculum guide. Here’s the link on how to do a picture and music study http://simplycharlottemason.com/basics/started/charlotte-mason-method/#musicstudy If you feel like you need a little more detail then I’d recommend Karen Andreola’s CM Companion book which goes into a little more detail. You might even find it at your library. Then the money you save you can invest in some great classic music cds and laminated art cards. Or you can print them out yourself on photo paper for FREE by visiting this link [Moderator’s note: I regret that we had to remove this link. Ambleside Online’s terms of service request that we link to them only with permission and then only to their home page. I hope you can find the information described in this post by searching on their site.]
I’m a sucker for pre-packaged curriculum, it’s the only thing my frugal mind seems to zone out on without any semblance of restraint. That said – I”m slowly learning and am so grateful for SCM it’s simplicity and cost effectiveness are out of sight and unparalleled in my humble opinion.
HTH – Rebekah
Rebekah ~ how did you know I was a sucker, too? I have Karen Andreola’s book (I just got that in), so I’ll look under “Art” in there. I will try to find something to print online or maybe even a calendar I can cut up and laminate. Thank you! I’m still not as confident as I should be that I can do this without buying a package.
Cindie – If you’re like me in any more ways than our “suckerness” for packaged curriculum – then you’re right, you probably can’t just use simple resources on your own to teach – DON”T STOP READING!!!! BUT with the CM Organizer you CAN!!!! TRUST ME!!!! I’ve been using it for the past several months and it has been such a blessing for keeping us on track and focused. I LOVE to plan, but I get so excited about all my plans I want to do everything the first day – I have a hard time just doing little bits here and there, but with the organizer, I know what I have to do and do it and click it and collapse it so that I don’t look at it the rest of the day and then move on to the next thing. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! You may have much more restraint than me, in which case you probably can do it without the organizer, but regardless of your selfcontrol I think you’ll find the organizer to be a superb tool and an excellent allocation of resources!
Rebekah ~ Yes, I think the Organizer is going to help me a lot. We start tomorrow and I’m just going to make our expensive “misses” with packaged curriculum arranged in there CM style. I went to AO and found the art link, signed up for their yahoo group and downloaded the PDFs of the artists listed in Sonya’s curriculum guide. I also found Robert Louis Stevenson’s complete works on http://www.poetryloverspage.com for next year. I think it’s going to work! I am compiling a list of books for next year and throughout the year, I will narrow it down by what I can find at the used book store, etc. I am so excited and thank you soooo much for your encouragement!
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