I think I am starting to resonate more and more with Charlotte Mason. I’m in the middle of this book, which has sat on my shelf for two years, and I am only now picking it up. Why did I wait this long? It’s making me want to delve into Charlotte Mason’s own writings. The dilemma is that now I can’t seem to decide what we will do next year. Options? It’s silly, but it’s eating away at me so that all my evenings are consumed poring through the Ambleside Online website instead of writing blog posts.
I can’t decide between using Heart of Dakota Bigger, which I bought last year and didn’t end up using, doing Ambleside Online Year 1 or Year 2 or a combination, starting RC History Year 1 with a more Charlotte Mason flavor (I already own the TM for this, too), or doing a mix of everything. Note that doing the last option would get me into a lot of trouble. I really want to be able to loop, include Shakespeare and nature study, lots of art, and emphasize science this year instead of history, so I may need to come up with my own combination. Heart of Dakota would make looping nearly impossible because of how it is set up.
We love the My Book House collection. You have to wait until you find a set at a reasonable used price. Try eBay, too. The kids are often found just like this, poring through the stories and beautiful illustrations. My hope is to add them to our loop this fall.
I wanted to make school for J-jo a bit more hands-on and fun, the way I used to make school for Bear. However, I have no energy to do this, so I bought Memoria Press’ Kindergarten Enrichment and we’ll use library books mostly (I did go ahead and find used versions of the ones the library doesn’t have) to tie literature to science, art, and other subjects. We did a first week of this using A Tree is Nice and really had a splendid time. It is similar to Five in a Row, but with a lot more art and music appreciation built in. I can already tell it is better suited for me. I took advantage of MP’s free shipping at the beginning of the month, but if we continue to enjoy it as much as we did this week, I’ll pick up the first grade enrichment at convention.
I’m looking forward to the homeschool convention. I will be looking at Junior Analytical Grammar, Latin for Children, and Zaccaro Challenge Math. Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts will have a booth and I can’t wait to see if the next level will be as a good a fit for Bear as the first level was. However, I’m kind of tempted to get her solely independent grammar and vocabulary curricula.
Memoria Press’ Kindergarten Enrichment had us look at Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest this week to go with A Tree is Nice. I noticed there is a Klimt lesson on Meet the Masters, so we will add that to next week’s line-up. I am working on more art lesson plans to provide for you.
I know I promised a quarterly newsletter and I am hoping the first one will come out in mid-March. I am lacking inspiration right now for content. Also, points #1 and #2 are plaguing me, and thinking about next year’s curricula is overcrowding my brain.
And this quote by Chesterton is food for thought. If by soul, he meant the society’s values, I’m not sure the soul of today’s society is one I want to pass down to my children. And if he meant something deeper than that, I am not clever enough at the moment to think of it.
Have you started thinking about next year’s curriculum?