The countdown begins. Over our holiday break, squeezed between our lazy-sunshine-days, I have tidied and organised our bookshelves, put in my new book orders, and sketched out some ideas for our weeks. In these final two weeks I will be laying out a new weekly schedule, and organising our shelf dedicated to our study books and notebooks. We are entering the modern time period this year and my planning base is the Combined Year 10/11 Lite from Ambleside Online.
One of the many questions I come across regarding both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods of education is the concern of how it works with a non-reader or a non-academically inclined child or a child with special learning needs. This youngest daughter of mine is a non-reader. She has thrived with handicrafts, outdoor hours, nature study, keeping a book of centuries, drawing, and music. Narration and reading are tricky.
Beginning with this young person in front of me and her personhood, I have kept to the perspective that I cannot make her a reader or an academic. Nor would I want to. I want to engage what lights her up and gives her joy, and with regards to literature, reading, and narration I want to give her enough so that she can build her abilities in this area, that her soul will continued to be nourished by ideas, and that she can build a good cultural and historical knowledge based in order to interact thoughtfully with our culture. With this in mind I begin with the lite versions of AO, and then I tend to lighten them again as I personalise our study plan with this precious young woman in mind.
We work on a four-day weekly schedule. She works one day a week and we attend our local homeschool study group (Green Path Scholars) one day a week. Weekends are for surfing, hobbies, and church. This leaves 3 at-home study days for us to enjoy together.
The organisation principles of the three core areas of knowledge that Charlotte Mason suggests is an excellent base to work from when planning books and learning activities. Knowledge of God; Knowledge of Man; and Knowledge of the Universe. These also work well in a planning format for HEU Documentation as it demonstrates how our current Key Learning Areas fit with these classical principles of Charlotte Mason.
Knowledge of Man
(Language; Humanities; Arts; Lifeskills)
Mystery of History Volume IV (History)
A Short History of Australia (History)
Faith-Based Family Finances (Lifeskills)
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Lifeskills: Audio Book)
Valley of Gold by Jackie French (Literature)
The Wave by Todd Strasser(Literature)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (Literature)
Les Miserables (Movie)
To Kill A Mockingbird (Movie)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Audio Book)
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew (Biography)
One Blood by Ken Ham (Citizenship)
GK Chesterton (Essays)
Well May We Say (Australian Speeches)
Australian Prime Ministers (Government)
Artistic Pursuits (Drawing)