Okay, I’m not finished with these dvds by any means but I just had to say that I found disc 7 and 8 “A Charlotte Mason Style Morning of Study” to be eye opening! I’m familiar with CM, have watched the old dvd sets from SCM, atteneded several workshops by Sonya one year at a convention, and we’ve been at this for a decent while (homeschooling 10 yrs now). Never, in all that time, have I really take the time to put myself in my children’s shoes with a morning of lessons. Seeing, feeling the effectiveness of Charlotte’s methods, as well as being challenged personally by the activities has been thought-provoking!
An example, copywork. In the dvd you do copywork in your best cursive handwriting. I haven’t written in cursive in years nor is my handwriting effort ever ‘best’. So it was a challenge. It gave me sympathy for my children still learning to form letters, much less those who are given copywork passages.
Another thing I really loved is seeing how giving full attention to a lesson means we can learn well in short lessons. I want to work on this habit with my children! It is easy for them to dawdle along as I bounce between the eight of them. I want to share with them the joy of giving full attention to a thing and being able to complete it and do many interesting lessons, to have that varied feast we all want to offer. I know when dawdling has taken over on a day at my house we sometimes do not get to the interesting lessons that break up the basics, but my family would enjoy our days more if we were consistent in giving full attention and able to have the variety.
At my house I would rather keep our days short and be done by lunch or not long after so if I need to pick and choose between activities to make that happen I will do it. By that point we are all needing quiet time apart for a while and then time outdoors. So our morning lessons sometimes have become just the ‘essentials’ with less of the varied feast. That is going to change! We need the feast and the habit of attention is the way to make that possible.
Thank You SCM for this dvd series!
SO, anyone who went through this seminar ‘live’ or is already working on watching the dvds like I am – let’s discuss! I want to know what is speaking to your heart or what stands out to you! Let’s Chat!TailorMadeParticipant
Tristan, I’m so excited about your post! I feel the same way, just hearing about it. I just checked tracking on my set and it’s in Dallas, several hours away from me. Would likely have made it here today, but being a holiday and having a constant downpour mean I’m not camped outside, but anxiously waiting for it to arrive tomorrow!
I’m in a very similar boat and can’t wait to watch this portion asap. I’ll participate in the conversation soon…BenitaParticipant
I will hopefully order the set on Friday. I like what you are sayingTristan about getting the habit of attention well nailed down and then the feast can be varied and still accomplished in a morning. We need to do that. I so want to keep all the wonderful CM learning going on, but our day is taking too long. Good point. Can’t wait to view it myself.missceegeeParticipant
Tristan, I hosted this seminar live when it was recorded and it is as wonderful and enlightening as you describe. I’m out of town a good bit until mid-June, but I’ll join in as I can. I’m glad you’re being blessed!sarah2106Participant
I am planning on getting the series at an upcoming conference. SCM is coming to our city, and I am so excited! I can’t wait to watch the series. Perfect timing as summer time is planning time.abbynellieParticipant
I have a question. She talks abount mental math exercises. I would be terrible at coming up with the word problems like that. Where could I find a resource for Mental Math?RobinPParticipant
I use the problems in a Rays quite often.
Loving these DVDs! Haven’t had a chance to watch much so won’t post observations yet but so far it’s wonderful.
abbynellie – I don’t know! How is that for being unhelpful? I think to start off with I would look at the math problems my children are currently working on and make stories around those. So if one child is doing multiplication and has worked up through 5s I could tell a story like this (aimed at my oldest son):
“Joseph, your Lego robot is getting ready to build an army. He recruits 4 battalions of bots. Each battalion has 5 members. How many robots are in his army? (4×5=20). Great! Now in the first battle half of his men were injured and need repairs. How many robots need repairs? (Half of 20 is 10). Yes. While those guys are out for repair he recruits three more battalions of 5 robots each. How many robots does he have in his army now? 10+(3×5)=25. Right before the next battle his ten robots return from getting repairs at the shop so how many robots does he have? (25+10=35). How many battalions is he commanding if there are 5 robots in each battalion? (35/5=7).
I don’t know if that is helpful abbynellie. I guess it all breaks down to say I would choose something that would either happen in real life (baking cookies for a party, collecting cars, sharing, etc) or a situation built around an item of interest to the child (like the lego robot story above) and go from there. It might even help to have a list of facts my child is working on or knows in front of me.
I would love to hear other ideas people have. This isn’t something we’ve done often, and it is something I hope to start doing.
Robin, do you know if Rays is available in the public domain anywhere?RobinPParticipant
Honestly, I don’t know. I have the books so I never tried to find them. I would think would be available somewhere, though.mombygraceParticipant
I am sorry if I am butting in to this conversation, but I have been hoping for someone who has veiwed past videos, as well as, the new 12 disc videos, for a comparison…. So….. I have only been learning the Charlotte Mason method since Late March after attending a live workshop at a Home School Convention.( (though there was definate time constrants- so I don’t know if I got thre full “school day experience” or not) I purchased online the “All Day Charlotte Mason,” because I was so excited I wanted to learn as much as I could right away. I saw where the “Living and Learning” dvd would be comming out, but just didn’t feel like I should wait to learn more…
So, how much like the older dvd’s are the new ones? I know that it is a culmination of other dvds, but is the content so different that it would be helpful to me to get the new ones, maybe even sell the old ones? Thank in advance for everyones advice!Doug SmithKeymaster
@Mary, Discs 1–5 are similar to what was covered on the All-Day Charlotte Mason Seminar and the Books & Things Seminar; however, the explanations of how to teach the subjects of composition, foreign language, and math have been expanded. Disc 6 (Laying Down the Rails) contains the same principles as the previously released recording, but has been updated with more examples and illustrations. The first half of Disc 10, Four Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Love for Knowledge, is similar to that session from Books & Things, but contains a new section about Spreading the Feast of ideas.
Mary, it’s a good question. Sonya wrote an answer on this thread near the top of page 2.
For me, personally, I did sell the old dvds (I had the All Day CM Seminar and the Books and Things Seminar). I had owned both for more than a year each and watched both multiple times. I loved them. However I wanted to have the other things, seeing a day in a CM homeschool, information on homeschooling high school the CM way, and so on. My oldest is now 8th grade and so high school especially is on my mind. Nobody I know personally has high schoolers or homeschools them in a CM way.
As you’ve read at the beginning of the thread, the day in a CM homeschool on disc 7 and 8 was especially meaningful to me. I hope to be watching the high school dvd soon. 😉my3boysParticipant
Ray’s must be somewhere because I downloaded the Elementary ones (or something like that) and made copies. I can’t remember where, maybe google books?
Here is a link to Ray’s on Amazon:
That might help you figure how to refine a search. 😉mombygraceParticipant
Thank you, Doug and Tristan, for your help. Is there anything that might be on the “All-Day Charlotte Mason” Seminar DVD that I might miss if I get the new and sell the old?
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