Sunday, May 16, 2010

Charlotte Mason goals.

Charlotte Mason included in her Original Homeschool Series books some list of goals for 6 year olds. I am posting this because I found it helpful and interesting at the same time.

"A Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six", a reprint of a curriculum outline from a CM school in the 1890's.
1. To recite, beautifully, 6 easy poems and hymns
2. to recite, perfectly and beautifully, a parable and a psalm
3. to add and subtract numbers up to 10, with dominoes or counters
4. to read--what and how much, will depend on what we are told of the child
5. to copy in print-hand from a book
6. to know the points of the compass with relation to their own home, where the sun rises and sets, and the way the wind blows 7. to describe the boundaries of their own home
8. to describe any lake, river, pond, island etc. within easy reach 9. to tell quite accurately (however shortly) 3 stories from Bible history, 3 from early English, and 3 from early Roman history (my note here, we may want to substitute early American for early English!)
10. to be able to describe 3 walks and 3 views
11. to mount in a scrap book a dozen common wildflowers, with leaves (one every week); to name these, describe them in their own words, and say where they found them.
12. to do the same with leaves and flowers of 6 forest trees
13. to know 6 birds by song, color and shape
14. to send in certain Kindergarten or other handiwork, as directed
15. to tell three stories about their own "pets"--rabbit, dog or cat.
16. to name 20 common objects in French, and say a dozen little sentences
17. to sing one hymn, one French song, and one English song
18. to keep a caterpillar and tell the life-story of a butterfly from his own observations.

3 comments:

Carolyn said...

That's quite a list of things for a 6 yr. old to know and do. At least by today's standards. Afraid our kids aren't exposed to all this knowledge in our public schools now. Too bad.

Christy said...

Is there one for a child of 5? We are just starting our K year and I would love to have this guideline. Wondering where you were able to find it. Thanks! :)

sippy cup mom said...

Hi Christy, your blog is lovely, thanks for visiting my place. CM had goals posted for age 6 and I believe 10. She didn't believe in formal ed before the age of 6. I also have a 5 year old so this was interesting to look at at and I plan to scale it down a bit. I will find the link and send it to you. Thanks!

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