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Homeschool End-of-Year Recap 10 Observations | Charlotte Mason

Welcome to my annual homeschool end-of-year recap. Today I'm sharing my observations from this year... what worked and what didn't. You do not have to be a homeschool family to benefit from the discussion in this video. These concepts can be translated to fit your family.

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Let's get into the ten observations from this year... in no particular order.
1. The power of dictation Dictation works wonders for children (adults too!) You don't need a curriculum to practice dictation. Simply read an age-appropriate passage from a living book and have your child write down what they hear, paying close attention to spelling, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation. This reveals what language arts concepts they are struggling with. The correction process should be gentle and positive.

2. The lasting power of living books Learning through living books (as opposed to a stale text book) has more lasting power. Children tend to remember the concepts in a more meaningful way rather than just memorizing facts. For example, my daughter was studying California History as is mandated for the 4th grade. We enjoyed the California History series from Beautiful Feet Books. She devoured Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia and is really enjoying learning history through reading.

3. Art Appreciation is fun for the whole family Each Monday we study a work of art and would generally stay on the same artist for 6 weeks. We would all gather around to study it and take time on each painting. This was a wonderful part of our week (everyone can do this... not just homeschooling families!) My (at the time) three-year-old son has been able to recognize paintings from both Monet and Mary Cassatt. How cool is that?

4. Short, impactful lessons are more effective for us This might not hold true for every child and learning style, but we found that short, impactful lessons were more effective than long, drawn-out lessons.

5. A adherence to routine is necessary This might not be true for all families, but for us, an adherence to routine is important. The children build good habits by waking up and going through their morning routine before school begins.

6. The morning hours are precious Sometimes through various scheduling conflicts, our homeschool day gets pushed back and we will start in the afternoon. This is never as successful for us. There is something about those morning hours that creates an atmosphere ripe for learning. I try to avoid distractions between the hours of 9am and noon for this very reason.

7. Involve the little ones first The number one question I get from other homeschoolers is, "What do you do with your toddler and baby during school time?!" The baby's nap occurs largely during school hours so that is taken care of. As for our preschooler... he wakes up earlier than the other children and so we start school together first with uninterrupted learning time. He loves this! Then he will join us for certain morning time subjects like art study, etc. While we do the main subjects, he will play independently, work on an art project, or watch one show.

8. Certain children need time constraints One child had a hard time coming back to work from a break so we decided she needed a timer. Depending on how long the break was, she then knew that she had to get a snack and relax during the time frame, just like with a normal recess. I benefit from a 15-minute timer in my adult life and our children are no exception.

9. Lots of outdoor time Outdoor time is very important. Just spending time in nature and allowing the children to observe and relax helps to calm them down. If anyone has a bad attitude (especially the little ones!) going out into the garden tends to reset things.

10. Focus on the love of learning One of the major reasons why we homeschool is because we feel it is very important to foster a love of learning. Learning should be fun and interesting and we want out kids to be life-long learners. When homeschool gets hard or you have burn-out, focus on the love of learning. Don't be afraid to take a break from a tricky subject and get into the kitchen to bake or go to a fun science experiment, or read a living book instead. You can get back to the tricky subject later when frustrations have been reset.

I hope you enjoyed this end-of-year recap. I would love to know how your family's educational year went.

Please note: if you are new to homeschooling, you'll want to listen to the beginning chat about socialization and academics. If you are not new, and want to skip to the ten observations discussed in the video, please see these time stamps below. YouTube also has a new feature called, "library cards", where if you hover over the video, you will see the different discussion topics and time stamps:

0:00 Start
2:23 crisis schooling
4:00 socialization
5:21 academics
7:15 dictation
9:55 living books
11:14 art study
12:09 short lessons
12:59 routine is necessary
13:49 morning hours
14:22 homeschooling with babies & toddlers
15:46 use of a timer
16:35 outdoor time
17:03 foster a love of learning

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Melanie D. writes, "I love these homemaking videos, Jennifer! They are so calming and relaxing to watch, and I get so much inspiration from them! Love the wallpaper too! My husband has unfortunately banned wallpaper from our house LOL! When we bought it, every (and I mean every!) room had wallpaper, so it's been quite a process taking it all down and painting. After that, he said no more! Thank you for another wonderful video!"

Hi Melanie, I had many comments from people who said similar things. I am glad that Ben likes wallpaper as much as I do. I can imagine that taking down wallpaper in every room would be enough to make your husband never want it... although to me it sounds like a dream. Ha! :)

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Ann said...

That was wonderfully helpful! Thank you for putting this together. I only wish I would have had this two months ago. Taking it into the summer and excited to try some new things with my two girls!

Jenni said...

I enjoyed this video. I'm nearing the end of my homeschooling journey, and we've done a lot of Charlotte Mason inspired things along the way. My favorite thing we did was nature walks. My boys, one just graduated and one in high school, still love nature and can pick out different bird calls, identify most plants native to our area, etc. I learned a lot as well. Besides, it was just fun.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Ann, Thank you!

Jenni, We love nature walks too. I want to do more this year. Thank you for watching, ladies!

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Hi, Jennifer.

I found an annual clothing budget for the average 1947 woman and thought you might be interested in taking a look. It meshes very well with your ten-item wardrobe. When inflation is considered, it definitely was more expensive than I expected. I'm assuming that clothing used to be more labor intensive to make and companies would not have been able to cut corners as easily by going to the cheapest countries for labor. Here is the link: https://glamourdaze.com/2010/08/1940s-fashion-young-womans-wardrobe.html