Charlotte Mason is one of my favorite teachers! The way she thought about, looked at, talked to children was different and logical. She didn’t think they were stupid. She gave them stories that were worth reading and would ask them to tell back what she read. Morals were taught, but in interesting ways. She would teach grammar and sentences through copywork and other engaging ways. She had her kids go on nature walks and do things in the afternoon, doing their main subjects in the morning. I love the style, the thoughts, and just the heart of this interesting teacher and have read some great books that talk about her method and have been tempted to ditch all the stuff that I have used, including spelling (which seems to be Engineer’s biggest struggle), and just do it in a way that is different!
With saying that, I have never fully taken on her style to the “T”, but when people do unit studies, or show ways of doing things that follow her teaching style, my ears pick up, because that is the way I learn, and I find my kids learn better that way, too. That is the way Benjamin Franklin learned, right? Through reading, rewriting what others have written, and trying to remember what they have written. Then trying to rewrite what they wrote and see how close he got. Eventually finding his own ideas and finding his own voice in it all.
I think that is one reason I had picked My Father’s World as one of the curriculums of choice, because they do have that same idea of good literature, story-telling, dictation and other things (with hands-on activities, which is always a plus).
This year we are not doing American History, though we will be talking about America as a continent, make foods from different states, as well as map out the states and talk about natural resources, but we will also be talking about other countries and so how the pilgrims came and what happened after that won’t be discussed. I did do an amazing unit study by Amanda Bennett entitled Thanksgiving and my kids and I learned so much about what the pilgrims went through, and I hadn’t realized how much really went on during that time, or the persecution they went through, and what it really took to find a new home. It was a great study, that I may not be able to do again until my youngest is older and my older two are doing their own schoolwork.
Even with that being said, in a year or so, we will be hitting American history in our family again in a big way and I want to be prepared! One of my favorite ways to do that is have unit studies on hand when the time comes to shake up the normal of everyday school! (And yes, there are times I do shake it up!)
Which leads me to this great unit study by Kristie Mobley from Family, Home and Health:
She covers some topics that go into what I was interested in while doing the Thanskgiving Unit Study by Amanda Bennett, but didn’t get to, but was a great study anyways. (Click here to view more details)
She focuses on three main books, (William Bradford, Pilgrim Boy, If You Were At The First Thanksgiving
and Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners) that you read from daily, use passages from to copy, and then she adds coloring pages that you can get off the internet by clicking on links. She also has a timeline with pictures you can add as different things are talked about in history through the various books.
I really liked it because it seems to hit more on William Bradford, especially as a boy, in a more engaging through the book. Who he was, where he came from, etc. Another thing I thought was interesting was that she talks about one of the first books the pilgrims had and why they had made it. And how many people, after talking about the pilgrims and thanksgiving, really go into colonial life? It is something I haven’t transitioned easily into, nor have fully explored with my kids just yet, but this gives me bit of a more opportunity to show my kids what it was like! I had already metioned this already as well, I love that she gives you sites to get pictures, because sometimes it takes forever to just find the right picture for your kids to color in that actually look nice and not too cheesy! Especially when you want your littler kids to be able to join the older ones in learning!
Her study usually costs $5.95 but she is going to have it on sale for $3.95 from July 9th to July 16th so take advantage of it if you can! I now have it in my arsenal and may honestly do it during Thanksgiving and just move into colonial times and do a colonial Christmas one year! (Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?) But this would be great if you want to read some interesting books, get a Christian persepective on what it was like for the pilgrims, have your kids learn good grammar through copywork and enjoy the process together.
Be inspired today!
(If you know of any curriculums that you would like me to review that you have made, I love sharing! Please contact me on Facebook! Have a blessed day!)