Are you using the Charlotte Mason way to educate your children? If so, you may want to know what she expected a 12 year old to know, as you prepare your lesson plans. If you are new to the Charlotte Mason way, you may want to start here.
21 Things Charlotte Mason Expected a 12 Year Old to Know
Charlotte Mason believed in a short lessons and studying many things. A child that has grow up in the Charlotte Mason way, should already have many of the skills necessary to be independent in their studies.
My favorite thing about this age group is the focus on learning life skills that will really be needed in their adult life.
Charlotte believed in giving the child ‘something or someone to love, something to do and something to think about' and this list of 21 things are a great example of how is demonstrated that in their lessons.
- To grasp the sense of a passage of some length at a single reading, and to narrate the substance of what they have read or heard
- To spell, and express themselves in writing with ease and fair correctness
- To give an orderly and detailed account of any subject they have studied
- To describe in writing what they have seen, or heard from the newspapers
- They should have a familiar acquaintance with the common objects of the country, with power to reproduce some of these in brushwork
- Should have skill in various handicrafts, as cardboard Sloyd, basket-making, clay-modeling, etc
- In Arithmetic, they should have some knowledge of vulgar and decimal, fractions, percentage, household account, etc
- Should have a knowledge of Elementary Algebra, and should have done practical exercise in Geometry
- Of Elementary Latin Grammar; should read fables and easy tales, and say, on or two books of “Caesar”
- They should have some power of understanding spoken French, and be able to speak a little; and to read an easy French book without a dictionary
- In German, much the same as in French, but less progress
- In History, they will have gone through a rather detailed study of English, French and Classical (Plutarch) History
- In Geography they will have studied in detail the map of the world, and have been at one time able to fill in the landscape, industries, etc, from their studies of each division of the map
- They will have learned the elements of Physical Geography, Botany, Human Physiology, and Natural History, and will have read interesting books on some of these subjects
- They should have some knowledge of English Grammar
- They should have considerable knowledge of Scripture History and the Bible text
- They should have learned a great deal of Scripture and Poetry, and should have read some Literature
- They should have learned to sing on the Tonic Sol-fa method, and should know a number of English, French, and German songs
- They should have learned Swedish drill and various drills and calisthenic exercises
- In drawing they should be able to represent common objects of the house and field with brush or charcoal; they should be able to give rudimentary expression to ideas; and should be acquainted with some artists through works of reproductions
- In Music, their knowledge of theory and their ear-training should keep pace with their powers of execution
I have created a printable for you to use as a checklist: Charlotte Mason’s Attainable List for Children Who Are 12.
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