"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Monday, June 25, 2012

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Last November, I posted about why we had chosen to switch to the Charlotte Mason methods of home education. I also posted about the how of implementing her principles. Lastly, I posted an interview with my children where they got to voice what they love most about the CM methods.

Looking back over the school year, I wondered...do the children still love it as much as they did last fall? So I asked them for their favorite things about the school year, and here's what they said...

Mimi loved doing her nature journal.

Natty's favorites were narration, copywork, and shorter lessons.

Asher liked artist study, family lessons (doing some subjects as a family), and his nature journal the best.

Aaron liked poetry, family lessons, and copywork the most.

Ian's favorites were artist study, family lessons, and shorter lessons.

All in all, we had a great year. The children actually loved doing their lessons! Complaints from the children about school lessons were few and far between, and I was one happy mama.  :)

Looking ahead to the fall, we are beginning the Ambleside Online Curriculum.  I must confess that I was completely overwhelmed by this curriculum at first glance..and second glance..and third..well, you get the idea.  ;) The booklists are very intimidating, and I wasn't sure if we could handle it. 

However, after much personal cheerleading and question-answering from experienced Ambleside moms (not to mention lots of prayer on my part), I am taking the plunge!

And we so excited about the upcoming new year. We're looking forward to a new curriculum with tried  and true methods.  Is it August yet?  ;)

How about you, homeschooling friends? Are you trying a new method or curriculum next next year? I'd love to hear from you!

Happy homeschooling!

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