Wow. Day 10. Are you still with me? I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed my interpretation of a Charlotte Mason education during The Heart of the Matter’s 10 Days of Homeschooling blog hop. Please come back to visit often! In fact, I’d be honored if you’d subscribe to my blog using the link in the top righthand corner! Don’t forget that I’ll be back next week with a Q&A post to answer the questions that have come in over the past two weeks. You can find the rest of the posts in this series here.
One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that a true Charlotte Mason education is a Christian education. Ms. Mason encouraged the daily reading of Scripture and memorization of large portions of the Bible over the course of the school year. In our home, we are weak on memorizing large portions of Scripture, but try to memorize several individual verses each year. Daily Bible time (either together or privately) is how we start our day.
A few other things I haven’t touched on, but Charlotte Mason style learning should include are the basics like reading, science, history and geography, as well as foreign language, and even Shakespeare. Some CMer’s will disagree with me, but I choose to teach things like science and history as unit studies, incorporating other subjects when appropriate. Not only does this allow me to include more into our schedule without adding hours of work, we are able to learn together as a family during this time.
With those few last ends tied together, I’ll move onto how I schedule a CM style homeschool day. The short and sweet of it…We do chores and bookwork in the morning and the less academic things in the afternoon. The longer explanation varies daily, but I can give you a typical picture. I never put strict time limits on anything because we just do what we need to do until it’s done. That plan works out into something similar to this:
Before breakfast – Everyone does simple daily chores like making the bed, bringing laundry downstairs and brushing teeth.
During or just after breakfast – We have Bible reading and memory time. (Memory time includes one or more of the following – Bible verses, Greek and Latin roots, math skill flashcards, or a quick geography game.)
After breakfast – Everyone does a few chores to get the house tidy. I assign the chores daily and they rarely take more than 10-20 minutes. Then it’s on to schoolwork…
Math – Depending on the day, this time is either textbook or living math.
Language Arts – This will include several (but rarely all) of the following – spelling, grammar, handwriting (copywork), reading, writing and/or vocabulary.
Science and/or History – Sometimes we do a lesson of each. Sometimes we do larger lessons of one or the other. Most of the time, we do these lessons as a family.
Lunch – We take at least an hour to eat and have free time.
After lunch – The afternoons can be anything and everything – finishing up morning studies, nature walks, reading living books, handicrafts, cooking/baking, horse training, 4-H, barn chores, experiments, building projects, art, board games, plain old play time, and the list goes on. I will tell you that I find myself having to train good habits into this time. If I’m not the afternoon activity director, it’s very easy for my children to use this time less wisely – like sitting in front of the TV all afternoon. Many afternoons, I try to loosely organize or suggest worthwhile activities, but I also allow freedom for personal exploration and projects as much as I can.
There you have it. It seems simple, yet really works for us. My children are academically challenged, my house is relatively clean and organized, and we all have time to pursue our passions. I’m sure some of today’s readers would appreciate other Charlotte Mason homeschoolers commenting on daily schedules. What does your day look like? Does a somewhat relaxed schedule work well in your homeschool? Please help me encourage those who might be skeptical.
Well, that does it! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking this two-week journey with me! And don’t forget to check in next week for the Q&A post. Before I wrap it up, I want to remind you of one thing…
The Lord tells us in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for human masters…” I don’t want any curriculum to become my master, no matter how wonderful it is. With that said, take from this series what works for your family and do it well. Expect excellence from your children, but realize that none of us can be excellent in everything, especially if our schedules are overloaded. Give God the glory and let Him direct your homeschool path and you’ll find success!
Thank you HEART OF THE MATTER for inviting me to take part in this awesome event!
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