Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: Favorite CM Moment



I'm quite excited about all of these great blog hops, and cruises, and carnivals, and new memes I'm finding at the first of the year.  It's very inspiring to me to read all of the great ideas that other bloggers have.

In that spirit, I'm going to try to participate in the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival this year.  This first week's topic is...Favorite CM Moment.

I have to say upfront that I am not a truly 100% Charlotte Mason homeschooler.  I was immediately taken with Charlotte Mason's ideas when I was first introduced to them when my oldest children were about 2nd and 3rd grade.  I was frustrated with some of the fairly structured text books that we had been using.  They seemed dry and dull to me and to my children.  So, when I read of Charlotte and her ways, I was easily won over.

It is difficult to think of one particular favorite CM moment.  But one of my favorite topics of study that has come out of Charlotte Mason's methods is the reading of Shakespeare.  I'm not sure I would have ever thought of reading Shakespeare to my children, and I must confess that I hadn't read too much Shakespeare for myself.  But we have really enjoyed it.  And it thrills to my heart to have any one of my children reference a work of Shakespeare.  "Oh you know, Mom.  That's just like we read in... You know, Shakespeare."

We began by reading Lambs Tales when I first jumped on the CM bandwagon.

My elementary aged children enjoyed the plays, and my kindergartners easily listened along.  This year we tackled the reading of some works in the original, beginning with Macbeth.

It is very interesting to note that my younger children can often narrate to me what's been happening in the play, and they can often recognize some of the themes as well.  I know it has been practice for them to listen and think critically!

You can read along in the Blog Carnival and see what some other CM homeschoolers do at Fisher Academy International.

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