I was so blessed, once again, by the Charlotte Mason Institute Conference! This was my sixth year in attendance, and every single year, I say it was the best year yet.
This year I did a presentation on Preparing a Charlotte Mason Schedule, and I made a promise to add material from that talk to this blog. I think I will start with last things first — the resources which I referred to.
I talked a lot about the schedules and programmes that the P.U.S. schools used. I think it is worthwhile to really study these. It is a lot to take in, and frankly it’s taken me years to figure out some of the idiosyncrasies, but it’s definitely worth studying. Furthermore, every year things change: your children change forms, you add another piece of the CM puzzle to your schedule, another child becomes old enough to officially be schooled. It’s important to go back to the true foundation each year as you begin making your schedule.
AO has the original version of the Time-tables, and my reformatted Time-tables as well. I did not change any of the information on the reformatted version. My goal was just to make it so they would all print out on one page.
After years of studying the programmes and time-tables myself, I created a matrix of subjects based on the PUS Time-tables and Programmes. I needed a more orderly look at what the students were doing, and found that by re-ordering the schedules I was able to see so much more. Such as what the forms have in common, and how a subject changed over the years. (More time or less, more individual subjects or less.) Print here
“I will refrain from enlarging upon the involved state of affairs when there are children working partly in one class and partly in another; nor will I discuss what happens when one has a child of 10 who cannot read.” – K. Clendinned
We looked at a sample lesson from Plutarch during my presentation. There are MANY more sample lessons in the back of volume 3, and I would strongly advise you to study them. They are not all the same, nor do all of them include the use of a book. There are lectures and a picture talk, history and geography lessons, and even a cooking lesson for handicraft! You can find these in School Education: Volume 3, Appendix V.