It’s the Thursday night of our first week of scholé at home with the Charlotte Mason method and I want to share with you what our week was like and how I’m feeling about the journey toward living Philippians 4:8* and John 14:27** in our home. First I’ll share how I feel. I’m feeling unworthy of this much beauty, truth, and goodness. I’m finding myself “declempt” with emotion when I think about everything we’ve done together and that the kids have done independently. Please don’t take this post as a brag-a-thon. I want to share it in a spirit of humility and honesty that I never thought this was possible for our family. I’m a working mom, and I’ve always thought of myself as a “lesser” homeschooler because I own a business that needs me nearly as much as four kids and my husband need me. I think I’ll always consider myself lesser, and that’s a good thing. I’m thankful it’s the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. (Grant it oh Lord.) I never thought this much beauty was possible in my circumstances. I’ve been in a constant state of gratitude that it’s really happening. What I’ve secretly wished in unspoken (because it seemed too much to ask outright) prayers is coming to pass in our home. Here is what this stage of the journey looked like this week:
Together Time from 9-11:20ish: Nature Walk & Draw, Bible, Copywork, Law of God/Saints/Church Fathers, Latin/Greek, Poetry, Roman History/Plutarch/Am. History/Art Appreciation/Literature, Folksongs, Recitation, Dictation. (Slashes indicate that we did a loop or rotation M-Th.)
After Together Time and lunch, I had Individual Time 12:00-1:00ish with each of my (3) homeschooled children ages 13, 12, and 9 (my oldest is in Aviation School). During Individual Time we discussed what was done the previous day (Tu-Th) and I listened to narrations, read written work and I explained the lesson plans for the afternoon. I also worked with my youngest doing trade-off reading and Tummy Time lessons.
After Individual Time the children completed their Independent Time lessons. I devised a system to organize their independent work so that it encourages personal ownership of the lessons. (I’ll share my system with pictures in my next post.) Independent Time consisted of lessons in Natural History, Composition, British History Biography, American History Biography, Geography Reading (travel story), Literature Novel, Historical Fiction, Current Events, Musical Instrument Practice, Physical Fitness, Clean-Up Time, Handicraft, and Afternoon Leisure allowable activities until 5:30. Some of these are every day and some are on a rotation.
It seems impossible to me that we did all of this and it was peaceful and restful. There are a few lessons that will be added as well, as some of our books arrived this week, and there are still a few more to come. I have to give thanks to Charlotte Mason for her method and A Delectable Education for the custom curriculum they created for us. I highly recommend a consultation with them if help is needed in pulling together a Charlotte Mason education for your family. I’m also thankful for a system of organization, my husband who fully supports us with encouragement and time to devote to homeschooling, and our children who are joyful, delightful, and eager.
This journey so far is full of Gratitude.
In my next post I’ll share my system of organization for scholé at home with the Charlotte Mason method. Please subscribe.
* “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
** “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”