What to do in middle school?


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    Do you change gears at all in middle school? My son is just wrapping up 6th grade and we pretty much viewed it as his last year of elementary school. I feel like he has matured so much and is capable of higher level thinking but then I realized, I’ve only studied CM’s ideas for the elementary years! What resources are available for learning about CM in middle school?


    following – my daughter is the same age.


    Charlotte Mason methods don’t change much in middle school. The books get harder. The narrations become more in depth and longer.  The math and science grow more challenging. Really, it is the same into high school as well. I haven’t found much information geared directly towards middle schoolers.

    I know SCM recommends beginning Apologia science in middle school as well as adding in a grammar program, specifically Analytical Grammar.

    I certainly ramped things up a bit for 7th grade. I forced both myself and my daughter to be more consistent, to read harder books, and to write more narrations as well as going more in to depth with those narrations. We also started more formal grammar learning. I used Step by Step Grammar and Easy Grammar Plus.

    In 8th grade, we began latin, increased the reading level of living books, and ran through a quick course on essay writing (Hands On Essay). By this time, her narrations had evolved into nice, 1-2 page narrative essays. This is when we started using Apologia as well.

    Let me know if you have any more specific questions!



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