Monday, January 23, 2012

A Charlote Mason Education...

Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education.
--Charlotte Mason

I am really excited about the Charlotte Mason Method of Learning. I feel it is such a great fit for my family. We are following along the AmbleSide Online schedule, and for the understanding the ideas behind the method I found Charlotte Mason Help website. I have learned so much already, and am slowly trying to implement her ideas into our homeschool.
Some of her ideas that we are trying to implement are: Artist Study, Composer Study, Book of Centuries, and learning a foreign language. We have created our own Book of Masterpieces to help us incorporate our Artist Study. I would eventually like to get a Timeline set up around our house to help us keep track of history, but I think that will have to wait until we move to our new home. Our Book of Centuries is keeping us busy, but I am still trying to figure out the best way for us to put it all together.

More Creative Play

 Damon and his train.
 Ethan builds a bird
 K'Nex, Building Blocks, Legos, and Trains, always something to play with.
 Ethan's finished Car.
His own version of the Ferris Wheel.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Creative Thinking...

The boys got Legos and K'Nex for their Christmas this year. It's great to see their imagination come to life as they try to create and experiment with building "Stuff".
   Here are some of Ethan's Lego creations.
Ethan and his friend Jack spent hours building their K'Nex vehicle.
                        He's calling it the K'Nex Mobile.
There are so many things this vehicle can do. He started off trying to build a race car, but added other stuff along the way. The top part is like a roof that can turn into sails when necessary. It also has a function that melts snow and then the melted water or rain slides off the green gutters that you see.