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If you are tempted to skip poetry memorization, I would like to recommend it to you. I originally assumed that I would gain a taste for poetry simply through daily reading. No such luck. Two years of daily reading, and I was no closer to cultivating my own affections, and the easiest affections to teach are the ones we actually have in ourselves.
After our first term of poetry memorization, I learned to like poetry. Now, after doing this for a couple years, I would almost say that I love it! The only thing I changed was adding memorization. Some years ago I chanced to visit a house, the mistress of which had educational notions of her own, upon which she was bringing up a niece. She presented me with a large foolscap sheet written all over with the titles of poems, some of them long and difficult: Tintern Abbey , for example.
She told me that her niece could repeat to me any of those poems that I liked to ask for, and that she had never learnt a single verse by heart in her life.
The girl did repeat several of the poems on the list, quite beautifully and without hesitation; and then the lady unfolded her secret. She thought she had made a discovery, and I thought so too. She read a poem through to E. She got in about six or more readings, according to the length of the poem, at odd and unexpected times, and in the end E. I have tried the plan often since, and found it effectual.
The child must not try to recollect or to say the verse over to himself, but, as far as may be, present an open mind to receive an impression of interest. And this, my friends in the point. If a child can learn something in a pleasant manner, why would we choose something less pleasing? I have found something similar to be just as effective in my own home. We simply read the poems we are memorizing in their entirety once per day during Circle Time. As time goes by, I pause and allow the children to fill in more and more of the words for me. Eventually, they can say the entire poem on their own.
Regular Poetry Reading Ambleside Online has assigned one poet per term, and you can view those assignments on the poetry schedule page. If you click on an individual poet, you will see actual poems that you can print out. This year is a little different. I could have kept poetry in Circle Time and read one poem for each student, but I decided to break it up. Each week, my Year Four student is supposed to tell me which is his favorite and why. He hand-writes the title and author, but he likes to cut and paste the poem. Anyhow, at the end of the term, I will ask him to pick his favorite of the favorites, and that will become his poem to memorize for the next term.
I will continue to pick simple poems for the little ones until they are older, even though they tend to memorize his poem, too. All we do is read the poems. Sometimes we discuss it, if the child has a question. But mostly we just read. And I find that this is enough. We read in the evenings when we were able to catch a few moments alone. We never really discussed it, but the poem felt like it lingered in the living room afterwards, and E. If I have one goal for our regular reading, it is to appreciate the poem.
There is time enough for analysis. In these young ages, reading the poem in whole, and appreciating its beauty, is not just the main thing—it is the Only Thing. Please do not be tempted to tear the poems apart and analyze them. I am reminded of what we learned in Poetic Knowledge :. At the beginning level, poetry, music, astronomy, Latin, etcetera, are done rather than studied.
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The interesting thing to me is that the more that poetry is done , the less analysis required to understand it, if that makes sense. In analysis, we are approaching the subject at hand scientifically. This is appropriate for a controlled experiment, but much less so for something that is not, by definition, in the sphere of science: poetry. Taylor quoted Mill as saying:.
All of this to say: do poetry. Read it and savor it. Start with simple poems and work to more complex. This is also where the Ambleside schedule will help you. Starting with Stevenson and Milne is beginning in the right sort of place. How About You? Have you incorporated poetry yet? And, if so, how do you do poetry in your home? Your email address will not be published. Thank you Dawn! I saved that list to get ideas for future memory work. I was recently thinking about the importance of speeches, documents, etc.
I think we will try our hand at the preamble to the Constitution or Declaration of Independence this year to coincide with our history rotation. Brandy, the lists are actually available here. The curriculum comes with an essay on the importance and a way to schedule memory work, and a book with these lists and the poems typed out.
Pudewa encouraging memorization. I have questions for you: How does this work for you exactly? Do you read multiple poems at lunch many days in a row? Unfortunately, the timing made the class hit right in the middle of my morning, which is not ideal with preschoolers in the house. I might try it some summer when my children are older, if they are still offering such things. I hope you are enjoying the class…I am happy for you! Mystie, I think your words will get me to stop putting it off.
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But it sounds like it would! It would probably be good for O. But my second, when he was 5, loved listening to Milne during quiet time and had 2 or 3 minute stories perfectly memorized. Join us, and countless others. It is more than enough. The real answer is it could look like almost anything you like - it would be your co-op, your gathering of a few local homeschooling famiiies, and you would decide what would work best for you. You might meet once a week or once a month- or something in between. You might have ten families all doing AO on schedule, and you could essentially have a cottage school together.
You might have two families, and one of them isn't even all that keen on Charlotte Mason, but you could still figure out some things that are compatible with your regular school days that you could enjoy doing together. You might live in a concrete jungle with a two hour drive to any green space so you don't want to do anything but nature walks on a co-op day, or you might live in the woods and have people come out to your house so you can combine nature walks with your co-op day.
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We have two possible approaches to suggest. First, we have some suggestions I have compiled from my own experiences with an AO or CM co-op and collected from others. These suggestions are intended for use by families using AO essentially as written, but it wouldn't be difficult to adapt them for use with those who combine other curricula, or just do CM, or for a group with a mix of homeschooling philosophies.
I hate saying the possibilities are endless because it is such a cliche, but really, the following ideas could be combined in too many unique ways to tabulate, and one of them is probably just right for your group. Just figure a few things out and jump in, committing to being flexible, tolerant of other families' foibles and your own.
Keep a sense of humour and work out the kinks as you go along. To begin with, ask around and find out who else might be interested. For instance, if you have no high school students, your co-op will look different to a co-op that includes several high school students.
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Then have a get-together so you can plan out your co-op. Parents work together to plan things out. Everybody needs to volunteer to do something, or the thing will fall apart. This cannot be a drop the kids off time, and you should not accept three moms doing lessons and working with the children while two or three other moms sit in another room and chat as a matter of course for your co-op.
If most of the moms really just want some time with other adults, consider having a parents' study group a couple of times a month instead. If only one person in your group has that wonderful hard to find book, ask if they would consider bringing it and reading aloud from it at co-op meetings. Here is a group of suggestions- pick and choose! Some of them would be best for a co-op where all families are following the same AO schedule, some would work best for families that are at least on baord with Charlotte Mason, and some would be compatible even for a group where only one person is a CM homeschooler.
Things a co-op group could do together with the kids in year 3 and below : Read aloud and then act out a fairy tale, folk tale, or myth with the kids Same with the Lamb's retelling of Shakespeare Parables of Nature A weekly science demonstration- something fun about basic science stuff, how things work, why water does what it does, how toilets flush, why you don't put a magnet on your computer, etc. Work together on some of the geography concepts we have listed for those years Read Heroes or other Greek myths, D'Aulaire's is good Play a game- a board game, an outside game, something fun that they might not get to do at home because they don't have enough kids to play.
One of the old school yard games is a good choice, something like duck, duck, goose, Mother May I, or something else. Year 4 and Up: Read aloud Shakespeare together in character each week Plutarch Read Bullfinch's myths together Pick one free read from any of the upper years and read it aloud together and narrate, discuss Some basic map drills Dictation Mad Libs to learn parts of speech, or some other basic grammar lessons on parts of speech Play a game- a board game, an outside game, something fun that they might not get to do at home because they don't have enough kids to play.
This is a good time for something like kickball or soccer or some other loosely organized team sport. High School:.
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The usual caveats apply: this is one sample of one mom's work with one of her kids, and we are excited to be able to share it with you all. We hope it will give you ideas about your own schedules and be an encouragement. It's not a blanket endorsement, a recipe, or a straitjacket. It is meant to be a helpful example.
Huge, huge thanks to Tanya for catching the AO spirit and letting us share it. I'll let her introduce herself: I'm Tanya Stone. I've been homeschooling for 7 years, since my oldest entered Kindergarten. I've been using Ambleside Online for about 5 years. My children are 12, 11, 9, 7, and 5. L6 is already a master narrator. I'm not sure if it's from watching his older brother or if it's because he's particularly good at holding thoughts in his head. It's not so much that the stories are a bit repetitive describing birds can get old , but it's more that I know L6 wants to color a picture of each bird, and it's so difficult to find coloring sheets of birds that look like a Flycatcher or a Martin -- there are helpful mom-created web sites out there, though.
I've also found several coloring images here.
These resources just aren't comprehensive of the whole book. If someone systematically went through this book and created companion coloring pages, I would appreciate that! L6 wants to color each bird just right, and I hold my breath each time as his little perfectionist heart goes to work. I do appreciate this book, though, for getting us thinking about birds but still being a narrative form. I'm glad we also have a field guide and online resources at our disposal to liven things up.
We've looked up birds on YouTube and at the Audubon web site to see videos and hear bird calls. We also bird-watch at our feeder. I thought that was a nice tie-in. Whatever you can do to blow the dust off Peter Rabbit, Jenny Wren, and all the endless parade of bird varieties the better.
With my oldest son, I simply read the book, and he really didn't get much out of it. With L6 I've made these efforts to make it more of an interactive experience. Oh, and remember, you don't have to read the chapters in order or even all of the chapters. Pick the chapters by the birds you want your child to learn. I'm going to lump the poetry books together even thought they are each wonderful in their own way. It has amazed me with both of my Year 1 students how much kids love poetry if someone will just make time to read it to them.
Kids are not nearly as afraid of rhyme and meter as we adults are. It dealt with the death of a beloved pet dog, which is something our family just went through. Now We are Six by A. Milne is a particular favorite of my children's because it's so funny.