This week in the Review Series, I'm going to be sharing with you ways to use Write From History the Charlotte Mason way. Never having seen this curriculum before, I was looking forward to see just how it would fit with the homeschool philosophy that I have cherished for so long.
Here are 5 ways to use write from history the Charlotte Mason way:
All information that I'm sharing in this section is based off my review of Write From Modern History – Level 2.
- Historical Reading – The selections include historical narratives, text excerpts from primary source documents, poetry and folktales from various cultures – all from modern history. Charlotte Mason would be very happy with the quality of these selections. This book includes more than 60 selections. Many of the selections within this book could prove to be on a higher level than for the 3rd through 5th grade that this book was written. If your middle school or even high school children have yet to master the parts of grammar, I would feel confident to recommend that this book would be a good thing to help them fill in the gaps that they are missing.
- Narration – At the end of every selection, there is space for Written Summation, better known as narration to a Charlotte Mason educator. Charlotte Mason used oral narration until the child was 10 years old when she would then have them implement written narration. Narration was a tool to be able to evaluate how well the child retained what was heard; we call that ‘reading comprehension' today. Our home would use notebook paper for this part because I love to have their things in a notebook for keepsakes, rather than keeping a large book with their precious writings.
- Copywork – Included in this series are suggestions on how to work it into a schedule. After the reading and narration, it is suggested to do a small excerpt from the reading as a copywork exercise the next day. The copywork is excellent resources, but my prove difficult for children in 3rd through 5th grade to complete in one day. Remember that Charlotte Mason focused more on quality than quantity. With that knowledge, it is suggested that the child only does a smaller selection of the copywork. I would suggest to take the selection over more days, to have the complete copywork selection done in full.
- Grammar – This is a great resource to teaching grammar through copywork. In the Appendix of the book, there are suggestions of how to focus on the 8 parts of a speech by using color coding system included. Focusing on the grammar prior to doing copywork will give the child an understanding to why things are done as they are in the English language.
- Dictation – In the Appendix, you will also find two models for each selection. The first selection will be for copywork and the second, which is in italics, is for dictation. This book includes some great tips that Charlotte Mason used to teach dictation. I would recommend following these directions and be patience. This is an important skill to teach, as it comes in play when taking notes as adults.
A few additional thoughts about Write From History:
- This should be consider a course to enhance your history curriculum. At the beginning of the book, Kimberly Garcia, the author of this series has included dates to help you identify sources to included in your history lesson that focuses on the language art while learning additional things for the time period you are currently studying.
- Don't focus on the recommended ages for this series, but rather focus on the skills and ability that your child already possesses.
- Use this resource to teach multi-levels in your home, by requiring different activities from each level.
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