The boys on our trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this weekend. 18th century European painting...the art and craft of Greene & Greene? Nah...if given the choice they will spend their time in Ancient Rome, Greece or Egypt.
We will be using Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt family study handbook this year for History, Geography & Bible. This will help us reach our goals of having a more family and Bible-based approach to learning. You may remember my shock in realizing that while we were learning a lot and enjoying ourselves, we'd sailed right by some of our goals last year. I did thank the Lord that we saw it at the end of Year 1 and not in twenty years or so.
Since a few of you have asked, here are our goals by subject. These were written with prayerful consideration and the help of Charlotte Mason's writings and Sonya Shafer's Planning Your CM Education and are now posted on a clipboard by my desk for review and prayer throughout the year.
Read with attention and concentration.
Comprehend what is read.
Appreciate the style of the writer.
Exercise discernment in reading choice.
Develop habits of insight, accuracy and readiness.
Train reasoning powers.
Apply math in everyday situations.
Become a confident problem solver.
Make wise financial transactions.
Effectively and accurately communicate.
Learn a beautiful style of handwriting.
Have meaningful handwriting experiences.
See God’s economy throughout history.
Know something of what has gone before in order to think justly of what is occurring today.
Inculcate a sane and serviceable patriotism.
Understand people’s roles in history.
Learn from history’s accomplishments and mistakes.
Science and Nature
Cultivate the power of accurate observation and build up understanding.
Love, respect and care for God’s creation.
Form an intimate acquaintance with the region studied so
that a map calls up a wonderful panorama of the diversities of
the region, of the people, their history and occupations.
Read or listen with attention and concentration.
Exercise the power of recollection.
Receive a sense of the spaciousness of the time written of.
Secure wide spaces for the imagination to explore.
Enjoy listening to music with understanding.
Begin to express himself and appreciate art.
Read aloud and enjoy frequently.
Recite with delicate rendering.
Create objects of use and beauty.