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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: Language Arts {vol 1}

Welcome to the latest Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!
In this edition, we'll be looking at the place of Copywork, Dictation and Composition in a CM education.

Copywork: (also known as transcription)
"The earliest practice in writing proper for children of seven or eight should be, not letter writing or dictation, but transcription, slow and beautiful work... Transcription should be an introduction to spelling. Children should be encouraged to look at the word, see a picture of it with their eyes shut, and then write from memory." v1 p239
"Here the object aimed at is to let the child get a correct picture of the word, and the passages to be dictated (not words without their context) are therefore carefully prepared, so that no misspelt word shall leave its impress on the brain."  Mrs. Franklin
Composition:  (also known as narration! v1 p248 & v6 p191)
"Oral composition is the habit of the school from the age of six to eighteen." v6 p270
Are you ready? Grab your cup of tea and spend a while with us looking at the following aspects of a Living Education...

Clara presents Does using the Charlotte Mason method of teaching writing through copywork, dictation, and narration really work?

Jennifer Mackintosh presents Wildflowers and Marbles: Considering - Charlotte Mason and Our Approach to Language Arts.  *She's written a series, so make sure to look for the link w/in the post! :)

Sarah presents What Composition at This Age? posted at All That's Goood.

Queen of Carrots presents A Few Ideas for Copywork.

"The child can simultaneously with reading make up words with loose letters, and copy them so that spelling, dictation and reading can go hand in hand." Mrs. Franklin in 
The Home Training of Children.

Lanaya presents Perfection in Letter Formation.

Barb presents Copywork and Dictation in High School? Simply Charlotte Mason Giveaway! - She's giving away two copies!

Traci Brooks presents Composition Comes By Nature.

amy in peru presents Narration, just a part of the whole & Copywork: an assignment

We will continue a supervised copywork lesson once a week even in year 7, 
until I notice we've regained mastery over some laziness that has seemed to creep in once again.

Amy Dumas presents Dictation - It Really Works! posted at Ambling.

Nancy Kelly presents My Calendar of Firsts.

4sweetums presents What Tools Do You Need to Homeschool?.

Jimmie presents Q & A: Did Charlotte Mason Espouse Notebooking?.

In the picture above, the boys are copying from an electronic version of Spelling Wisdom Book 3, and here Bria's using Book 1. Her attention has improved significantly over the last 2 weeks of school! 
I'm so proud of her! ;)

Tricia Hodges presents Tree Reflection: A Pastels Tutorial.

Cindy West presents The Study of a Twig.

Andrea @ Mosaic Ideas presents Mosaic Ideas for All Ages.

Kelly @ The Homeschool Co-op presents What Really Makes Our Kids Happy?.

The next CMBCarnival will be:
Religious Studies - 11/8
Suggested Reading:
CM vol.3 p137ff & vol.6 p.159-169
Parent's Review article: A Boy's Religion & The Development of the Religious Instinct in the Child

Submit your posts here!
Would you like to submit related photos or art to the upcoming carnival?  In keeping with the theme, I'd love to use other CMer's things, if your items are chosen, full credit will be given.  If you are interested, please send an e-mail to: charlottemasonblogs (at) gmail (dot) com.


lindseywright39 said...

I contacted you last week, but I havent heard a response yet so Im sending a comment one more time. Do you accept guest posts? I have been reading your blog for the past few weeks and Im really interested. Please, feel free to email me and we can discuss the topic I have in mind. I think it will go very nicely with your blog. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

Nicolette said...

I'm sorry that the carnival has decided on the recent format. It used to be such a fun, colorful place to be. It was wonderful having it rotate person to person and seeing the variety of posts. I miss all of that. It has resulted in a decline of participation too, it seems.

Well wishes for the future.

Hodgepodgemom said...

Amy - thank you for a lovely carnival. I think the topics are a wonderful idea. Great point of reference for future as well. I appreciate all you do! P.S. Wonderful that your daughter's attention has improved over the last couple of weeks ~Tricia

amy in peru said...

I haven't ever had a guest post before, and for some reason your comment didn't come to my inbox so I don't have your e-mail. I'd be interested in hearing your ideas though! ;)

Oh dear, you haven't left any way to be in contact with you! Would you like to host it sometime? It is definitely lovely when it rotates! I liked that too! :) On the e-mail list for the carnival, I've made several invitations for bloggers to contact me if they are interested in hosting... I've had very few offers, and honestly I don't have time trying to rustle up interest in hosting. If you happen to know of someone who is interested, please let me know! ;)

THANK you :)
I'm sorry some are disappointed. It's definitely not my intention!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much! How wonderful for your daughter to have made a good stride towards attention. My oldest son struggles with this, and it is such a good day for him when it all comes together. Yeah for her!
Let me know how I can help in hosting a carnival :)
Bless you!

Teresa said...

Thank you for taking the time to host these CM carnivals. Your additions are very interesting and creative. I haven't said it but should more often, I really appreciate all the work you do to keep this going.

lindseywright39 said...

oh no! thank you so much for getting back to me! Here is my email. I look forward to hearing from you :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Amy for hosting the carnival. I know that you work hard to make sure that it continues and I appreciate your efforts. I try to post and host as much as possible.

Thanks for spurring me on to keep CM a regular part of my homeschooling posts for high schoolers.

Dana Wilson said...

Hi Amy! Great job hosting - love the reading selections and themes you have chosen. I would be happy to host again as well - pls contact me at or

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting Amy! I've really enjoyed reading these, and your article too. I think I'm going to spend alot more time in the CM circles on line, and seeing alot of familiar faces on this carnival as well!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting Amy! I've really enjoyed reading these, and your article too. I think I'm going to spend alot more time in the CM circles on line, and seeing alot of familiar faces on this carnival as well!

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