We are just a few weeks away from finishing up the homeschool curriculum that we have been using and I am trying to make a few decisions about what to do after the baby comes. I may have mentioned this before but in the end I haven’t loved the curriculum. There is so much busy work/worksheets. Obviously, my background in early ed was in a play-based classroom. I want to enjoy teaching the girls and at this point, I think Norah and I both dread the table work. I have done TONS of searching for other activities that fit with the theme, but don’t require us to sit at the table. I have cut out a number of the worksheets and made games that teach the same thing – just more fun. It is interesting to me because My Father’s World is supposedly a Charlotte Mason style of teaching, but the more I read about Charlotte Mason, the less I see the connection. Maybe I would see it more with the older grades.
The main idea of Charlotte Mason was teaching with living books – not textbooks. The idea is that you can teach anything (math obviously needs a supplement) by using whole books. Table work is very limited and it is focused around the books that you are reading.
A fellow blogger recommended 2 different books that I have read and gained quite a bit of insight. One, which I had bought a year or so ago, is Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson, and the other is an E-Book called A Charlotte Mason Primer by Cindy Rushton.
What I love about this style of teaching is that school happens all day, not just during “school time.” Obviously there is a set time for table work, which now I refer to as “school work.” This idea seems to imply that school only happens at the table – which is not the case. There is also an emphasis on reading – LOTS of reading!
Anyway, there is a lot more to it, but I have just begun my research. I think I am going to attempt to teach with a Charlotte Mason style after the baby comes. I still have to decide on a math curriculum – I am leaning towards Math on the Level, but still need to research this a little too.