Narration ~ Discussion ~ Debate

Narration ~ Discussion ~ Debate Todays blast from the past was written in Jan, 2006. The daughter that I talk about is now 19 years old. Narration and discussion have been a cornerstone of our family’s learning style and I just wanted to share something that happened the other day. Miss A (14 yodd)...

Poetry using the Observation and Activity Sheets

Poetry using the Observation and Activity Sheets The past few posts have outlined how we gently and naturally enjoy poetry and learn about a variety of topics through it. Sometimes I might ask the boys to fill out a 5W and H sheet but usually it is just an informal process involving discussion. Below are some of the...

HOWTA Book Study: Introduction

HOWTA Book Study: Introduction It’s HOWTA Book Study time. Introduction Who likes to cook? Prepare yummy nutritious meals for their family? Do you have a favourite cookbook? Are you the type who follows the recipe to the letter or do you like to add variation by supplementing or complementing...

Dreamworld Narration

Dreamworld Narration John has given me permission to share his narration of our trip to Dreamworld. At the time of writing, John was 12 years old and has had no to little formal writing instruction, although he is quite widely read for his age. I have left it complete with grammar and...

Dreamworld Narration – 10yo

Dreamworld Narration – 10yo ‘Master C’ has given me permission to share his first attempts at written narration. This is not a narration from a book but from an event. It is of a day that we went, as a family, to Dreamworld. I have left it complete with grammar and spelling errors...

Activity Sheets Narration Freebie

Activity Sheets Narration Freebie I use a teaching method that I learnt from Heart of Wisdom called the 4mat system. I have modified it slightly to suit the needs of our family. I have found these steps to be very beneficial in not only our Bible study but when approaching all lessons. I have created...

Dealing with Shyness

Dealing with Shyness I am naturally quite shy. Yes, it can quite hard to believe because I can be verbose when online. But I really am shy in real life. I find it very hard to go into groups of people or even to meet people one on one. But I force myself. I have taught myself over the...

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder In my early years of learning at home I worked pretty hard. I sorted curriculum, marked worksheets and workbooks and planned out each week’s work. A large part of my Sunday evening was spent in ‘teacher time’. I really enjoyed it…at the time....

Charlotte Mason 1

Charlotte Mason 1 There are now countless websites and blogs devoted to the teaching and philosophy of Charlotte Mason. Back in 200, when this article was first written, I intended for this to be brief. Considering the amount of information now available, this is now ridiculously...

Charlotte Mason 3

Charlotte Mason 3 Charlotte Mason Methods originally written in 2000 Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education is becoming more popular as people realize what a simple, yet profound, method it is. Still, many home educators have never been introduced to Charlotte Mason’s...

Writing Lessons with the Boys

Writing Lessons with the Boys Charlotte Mason’s methods and other natural learning methods were wonderful with my girls for teaching them English skills. They both write quite well. Narration has formed the cornerstone or basis of their English lessons. However, the boys have an aversion to...
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