Tagged: Lesson Plans
We just started hsing in Sept. I just came upon CM and think that this approach would suit our family. I love the book list and organizer BUT are there lesson plans that accompany this curriculum???? I would feel lost without a lesson plan or teachers manual. Any advice???? thanks, Lacey (2 children, 1st and 2nd grade)
The curriculum guide here at SCM was helpful to me when I was just starting out. Have you read through that yet?
Did you buy the “Planning Your CM Education” by Sonya? That helps you to create your own lesson plan. I know it all seems complicated when you’re new—my first couple years I really felt I needed a scripted plan. But if you can take time to read and understand the CM Organizer you can create a plan for the year for yourself and feel confident that you are covered:) Sonya does a great job in teaching how to lay out a schedule, step-by-step. Even though it’s more work, I really appreciate the flexibility in creating a CM curriculum that fits our family. With pre-made plans I was always tweaking/changing and never completely satisfied!! Blessings, Gina
Wow! Thank you so much. I did look over the Curriculum Guide which i did not find helpful but i probably did not understand it. I am getting the Planning your CM education now. Thanks again, L
Planning your CM education and the curriculum guide were BOTH extremely helpful to me last year planning my 1st grade dd’s yearly lessons. It helped break it down into 5 easy steps and was STRESS FREE! 🙂
Ok – you all are making me be impatient for my tax return to get here so I have the funds to buy the planning your CM education! It’s been on my wishlist for a while now, and I’ve been so patient, and now that it’s getting closer to the replenishment of the funds – I”M EXCITED!
i purchased the e-book for 11.95 because i had to have it NOW! i started reading it, got out a pen and paper and started taking notes. The 5 steps seem stress free, i hope i still feel that way once i start implementing them. i wish this website made it clear that you NEED this book to get started. I was feeling very discouraged before Gina and linabean responded to my post. Thank you tHANK YOU THANK YOU.
Laura.bora We pulled our kids out of a private school partly to save money and recently my husband said “i think hsing may end up costing even more” so i understand the constant cost of this. But i tell ya this was the best 12 bucks ive spent in along time. Good Luck L
Glad you feel better about things! This forum is a great place to come to with questions. I know I appreciate the help I’ve received from other women and the site owners. Someone who belongs here sent me a link to the planner and told me how to use the curriculum guide and I’m so grateful! Once you get that down, things seem much easier:) Gina
Here is what I use since I wasn’t able to get the book when I wanted it. It’s Sonya’s concentrated presentation of what is in the book. I’ve used it two years now and it works; it takes alot of time, but I’m always glad I do it. She sent this out on her newsletter blog a couple of years ago; if you scroll to the bottom, you can read the rest of the 5 part plan. I printed them out and follow all five parts. I’m sure the book has neat charts and stuff that I would like to have, but until then:
[Moderator’s note: This post has been removed. The planning charts are copyrighted material included with the purchase of the Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education book or DVD. Permission is granted to make copies of them for your own use within a single household only.]
LSCurley – Reading the curriculum guide and the sample schedules, I was able to plan out what works for us, and have been doing that for a little over a year without Sonya’s Planning your CM education. That said – I’m still interested in the book and DVD to glean some more things that I haven’t picked up along the way.
I have a 2nd grader and a K’er, and the short lessons have been a life saver! We accomplish so much in a day, and yet the kids don’t get burnt out. In fact, this morning, my daughter asked me to get up so we could do some schoolwork. (I’m having a hard time with this pregnancy – Thankfully, we can do a lot of schooling from my bed!)
The cost of HS’ing hasn’t been too bad at all. We tend to use a lot of older books that are able to be used over and over again, like McGuffy’s readers for reading and dictation(my son is doing dictation because he’s reading and spelling on a 4th-6th grade level and is more than ready for it), Ray’s Arithmetic for math, Primary Language Lessons. I think the most expensive thing I’ve gotten to date has been Truthquest for history, and that cost all of $20. (We bought it used).
I think i may be doing something wrong then because right now im on the CM curriculum guide and deciding how i am going to order all the books i need. I have a 1st gr. boy and 2nd gr. girl. Some people say all i need is a library card at this age and others “school” there kids heavily. we have not found our ninch yet.
I got through each subject in the curriculum guide and look for the books I’ll need for that grade, then I go to our library’s website and look up if they have the books available to check out (We have an awesome interlibrary loan throughout the entire state!). So what living books I cannot borrow, I buy and try to find them used or discounted from amazon, ebay, or rainbow resource. The most I spend our money on is the math curriculum from math u see. I borrow all literature (read aloud) books or have bought them at garage sales or library book sales. I always borrow classical musical cds from the library. I bought Power Glide Spanish used on amazon for $35!
So I say we don’t school heavily, just make our main focus on math and reading/writing daily and add the others in a day or two a week.
Thank you Tara. I think i need to start small and not get too much “stuff”. i certainly appreciate all the support i have found here. Have a great day. Lacey
Thanks to everyone for the great feedback! We’ve added a curriculum guide link to our quick links box and added some more information about helpful resources to the main guide page. We’re still tweaking to get the wording and positioning right but it’s hopefully a step in the right direction.
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