I am reading the “Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series” by Charlotte Mason and thought I would share some quotes from the first book.

“Careful Pronunciation.––The little people will probably have to be pulled up on the score of pronunciation. They must render ‘high,’ sky,’ ‘like,’ ‘world,’ with delicate precision; ‘diamond,’ they will no doubt wish to hurry over, and say as ‘di’mond,’ just as they will reduce ‘history’ to ‘hist’ry.’ But here is another advantage of slow and steady progress––the saying of each word receives due attention, and the child is trained in the habit of careful enunciation.”

Maybe I just felt drawn to this statement because my son has such a hard time with his speech but it really hit home for me. I am going to take our time with his reading lessons so that we can also work on his pronunciations as well.

“Unknown Words––Now for a new experience. We dictate ‘pussy in the boat.’ Consternation! Tommy does not know ‘in’ nor ‘the.’ ‘Put counters for the words you don’t know; they may soon come in our lessons,’ and Tommy has a desire and a need––that is, an appetite for learning.”

Do not do for your child what they can do themselves. I try to remember this so that wingnut does not get in the habit of relying on me. He needs to know how to work something out on his own and want to do so.

“But spelling and reading are two things. You must learn to spell in order to write words, not to read them.”

I am still undecided what way is the best to teach a child to read: sight or phonics. After watching my son I am starting to lean more towards sight. He can look at puzzles shapes and know where they go without pictures; if he can do that then I am thinking sight reading is the way to go. After he gets quite a few words down, we will start to teach spelling rules. Any opinions out there?

“Questions that lead to a side issue or to a personal view are allowable because these interest children––’What would you have done in his place?'”

This was a good reminder to not insert my opinions into his narration. He needs to be able to make his own connections when reading.

The book should always be deeply interesting, and when the narration is over, there should be a little talk in which moral points are brought out, pictures shown to illustrate the lesson, or diagrams drawn on the blackboard.

A reminder to go a little more in depth with the reading material.

Illiterate spelling is usually a sign of sparse reading; but, sometimes, of hasty reading without the habit of seeing the words that are skimmed over.

The latter part of that sentence is talking about me. I always what to find out what happens in a book and tend to read fast. I have taken Charlotte Masons advice to slow down and take in what I am reading: not only will this help with my spelling but with remembering what I read.

“Care must be taken to give the child such problems as he can work, but yet which are difficult enough to cause him some little mental effort.”

I have to remember this because sometimes I feel like giving up when my son starts his shutdown mode when he does not think he can do it but I know he can.

To sum up, to know as much as they may about even one short period, is far better for the children than to know the ‘outlines’ of all history.

I agree with this statement because dates and names never tell you anything, but knowing the story will give you incite into human behaviors through history.