How do you schedule a Charlotte Mason-style day?
Short answer: Any way you want! LOL
Longer answer: If we’re talking a true CM day, it will be characterized by the following:
- short bookwork lessons (10-30 minutes depending on the age of the child and the subject)
- daily lessons in Bible, copywork, math, language arts, foreign language
- weekly or more lessons in science, history
- bookwork finished in the morning hours
- afternoons spent outdoors with free play or nature study, handicrafts, reading, etc.
- time scheduled throughout the week for nature study, artist/composer study
I’m not a CM “purist”, but our day usually goes something like this:
Chores – aka Life Skills
Bookwork – which isn’t necessarily workbooks. This includes everything from math to language to unit study.
Family Reading – sometimes quiet time reading
Art/Nature/Handicrafts – sometimes guided, sometimes free
Here are some sample schedules from Simply Charlotte Mason.
I realize this post is fairly vague. Since I don’t do CM education to a “T”, I don’t want to mislead anyone. Also, my opinion as you’ve heard my say 1,000 times, is that your homeschool should be your homeschool. Incorporate what you want to incorporate in a way that really works for your family. A Charlotte Mason-style education is a wonderful path to take with your children, though, I can’t deny that!
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