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To Paraphrase Charlotte Mason, You’ve Got to Put It In Your Own Words {Classical Methods # 9}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 28, 2016

Charlotte Mason and the Classical Method Now Known as Paraphrase Skill:  Writing | PARAPHRASE Paraphrase…a fancy multi-syllable word for a simple, one idea concept. In Victorian England, Charlotte would’ve called it rendition or reproduction. You’ve heard the vocabulary root ‘para’ thousands of times before, right?  Paratrooper, parachurch, paragraph, paramount, and in today’s Charlotte Mason post on…

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Why This “W” Question Will Make Your Kids Smarter {Charlotte Mason + Interpretation}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 25, 2016

My Kids Never Got Tired of Asking ‘Why?’ Skills:  Critical Thinking | INTERPRETATION If you listened to my Charlotte Mason lesson on teaching observation skills, you’ll recall that I talked about using the 5 W + 1 H questions to help your child “see” the close details of the written and living text.  What are…

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Imitating Classic Lit is a No-Brainer {Charlotte Mason & Classical Methods – day 7}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 22, 2016

Charlotte Mason Embraced the Classical Method of Imitation Skill:  Writing | IMITATION When your children were babies, they learned how to speak the English language by imitating you. Pediatricians call this parroting.  Your babies studied your mouth, listened to the sounds you made, and practiced using their tongues until they were able to replicate your…

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Charlotte Mason # 6: Why Use Workbooks When You Could Teach English With a Good Book?

By Diane Lockman | Jul 19, 2016

Substitution Is the Easiest Way to Learn English Grammar & the 8 Parts of Speech Skill:  Reading | SUBSTITUTION Substitution, a classical education method, was used by teachers like Plato and Charlotte Mason’s governesses with great results for almost 3,000 years.  All the Greco-Roman master needed was a wax tablet, a stylus and a classic text like…

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Nature Studies: Observe, Identify, & Describe {Charlotte Mason Classical Methods – day 5}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 17, 2016

Charlotte Mason Treated God’s Creation as the Ultimate “Classic Text” Skill:  Critical Thinking | OBSERVATION Classical Christian educator Charlotte Mason had an intense affection and appreciation for the natural world just as she adored classic literature, poetry, hymns, and Scripture. So when I say she treated God’s creation as a “classic text,” what do I mean?…

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Charlotte Mason Might Agree: Recitation Is the “Cream” on a Memory Work “Scone” {day 4}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 15, 2016

Recitation Embellishes Memorization in the Classical Model of Charlotte Mason Skill:  Public Speaking | RECITATION I love tea parties with my daughter (who happens to live in London), so British scones delivered on blue and white English transferware plates with clotted cream and jam are particularly yummy! A plain scone (an unsweetened biscuit-like cake) is not nearly…

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Classic Memory Work for Kids {Charlotte Mason Classical Education Series – Day 3}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 14, 2016

Charlotte Mason Assigned Poetry, Literature,  & Scripture that Made the Child’s Heart “Sing” Skill:  Reading | MEMORIZATION Unlike today’s public school philosophy of memory work where the child is expected to learn by rote unrelated facts to parrot back on a quiz, classical educators like Charlotte Mason believed there was more long-term, transformational value in memorizing whole passages of…

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Charlotte Mason Said, “Give a Child Six Perfect Strokes to Copy” {day 2}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 12, 2016

Charlotte Mason Expected Excellent Penmanship from Her Students.  Do You? Skills:  Reading & Writing | COPYWORK Copywork, penmanship, & handwriting…did Charlotte Mason know the difference?  Yes, indeed! Do you? Let’s define each noun, then discover a wee bit about the history of their usage: handwriting [n] is the act of writing with an instrument (pen, pencil, crayon,…

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How Did Charlotte Mason Teach Narration? {Classical Homeschooling Tips – Day 1}

By Diane Lockman | Jul 11, 2016

Charlotte Mason Believed Narration Prepared a Child for Self-Education Skill:  Reading | NARRATION Like most British girls raised during the mid-1800’s, Charlotte Mason received a classical education at home.  Her mom and dad followed the ancient Greco-Roman “master-apprentice model” as they taught Charlotte how to read, think, write, and speak.  She enjoyed education so much that she…

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