I am so excited! My brother and sister-in-law are going to start homeschooling their 12 year old after Christmas. They tell me that he has all but quit writing because of whatever negative response he gets at school.
So of course I’m telling them all about Charlotte Mason (maybe we’ll see her on the forum soon), and I told her last night to just have him narrating the rest of the year and not writing any narrations. I have no experience with kids coming from PS, but it sounds like he’s had it rough and needs to have time to feel confident and let go of some stress.
So is that what you all would do? Not have him writing much the rest of this year? Have him just spend the time learning to narrate and relax?
I also told her for at least January to have him just read books he likes and read biographies to him and do multiplication facts (that are giving him trouble). Also I suggested doing things he’s interested in like car maintenance, cooking, extra practice on his music and serving outside the home.
I dearly wish they lived near me. I may get to see them in a couple weeks and get to show her all my favorite resources, but for now I’m helping long distance. They are fabulous, loving parents and my nephew is a terrific guy. I just know they are going to love homeschooling, but they are nervous.
They see the beauty of CM method as I explained it to them last night, but I don’t want to overwhelm them with information. What do you think are the most important points to start them out?
Narrating, great whole books, learning with things, keeping it simple.
Just one thought: You may want to furnish some examples of living books, because he would find it difficult and frustrating to try to narrate a non-living book. If they’re not used to using living books for learning, they may need a little coaching on that aspect so closely tied to successful narration.