“Five of the thirteen waking hours should be at the disposal of the children; three, at least, of these, from two o’clock till five, for example, should be spent out-of-doors in all but very bad weather. Brisk work and ample leisure and freedom should be the rule of the Home School. The work not done in its own time must be left undone. Children should not be embarrassed with arrears, and they should have a due sense of the importance of time, and that there is no other time for the work not done in its own time.” -Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason wrote 6 volumes; her first volume is titled Home Education.  The sentence describing the book is as follows, “Six lectures by Charlotte Mason’s about the raising and educating of young children (up to age 9) written for parents and teachers.”  Here is an outline of the six lectures. http://www.amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html#1(read her writings for yourself here)

Part 1 Some Preliminary Considerations .
Part II Out-Of-Door Life For The Children
Part III ‘Habit Is Ten Natures
Part IV Some Habits Of Mind – Some Moral Habits
Part V Lessons As Instruments Of Education 
Part VI The Will — The Conscience — The Divine Life In The Child

In this volume you would be able to find almost anything you need to know on home educating children under 9.  A huge question I ask when partaking in education is what is the final goal?  Although Charlotte Mason did not recommend formal lesson time for children under six, she still expected the following list to be accomplished by the age of six.  Young children under six were expected to spend 4-6 hours out-of-doors, a daily walk of about an hour, and parents were to prioritize creating good habits.

A  Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six (with notes added)
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 3 stories from Bible history, 3 from early English (or Early American), and 3 from early Roman history (length is not important)
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, colour 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 (or Spanish), and say a dozen little sentences
17. to sing one hymn, one French (or Spanish), and one English song
18. to keep a caterpillar and tell the life-story of a butterfly from his own observations

Once a child turned six, she suggested that regular lesson time be kept everyday.  She also wanted to ensure that these lessons were done with diligence and no daydreaming.  She kept the lessons short and precise so that the child was always performing at their peak and so their interest was kept.  Instead of saying what you need to accomplish for a lesson, you would do the best work you possibly could for that allotted time and then move on to the next subject once the time was up.  Here is a list of recommended lesson times for the child of 6-8 or for what we would call 1st-3rd graders.

( I am having trouble editting the timetable, here is a link  https://www.amblesideonline.org/PR/images/PUSSchedReformat.pdf )

                           Monday       Tuesday        Wednesday       Thursday      Friday             Saturday
9:00-9:20 20 Old Test.    New Test.             Writing                OT                NT              Weeks Work
9:20-9:40 20 Printing       Drawing           Reading             Reading       Reading           Reading
9:40-9:50 10 Poem Rep.Parable Rep     Cont. Read     Cont. Read     Hymn Rep   Cont. Read
9:50-10:00 10 French    Picture Talk        French           French/ Natural History/ Object Lesson
10:00-10:20 20 Math     Handicrafts          Math            Handicrafts       Math                 Math
10:20-10:35 15 Drill    Solfa (Music)             Drill          French Song           Drill         Solfa (music)
10:35-10:50 15 Dancing          Play           Dancing             Play             Dancing                Play
10:50-11:20 30 Reading      Math          Handicrafts    Writing &    Handicraft          Printing &
BrushDrawing                        BrushDrawing
11:20-11:30 10 Natural     Reading          Geography            Math         Geography       Natural                                     History                                                                                                                History

Notice the variety of subjects and how they are placed; this was instrumental in keeping the child’s attention.  We have been following a similar timetable and our day flies by; we never feel bored and we always feel very accomplished.  I will write a follow-up post regarding these subjects.

Here is a quote regarding the time of the children.”Five of the thirteen waking hours should be at the disposal of the children; three, at least, of these, from two o’clock till five, for example, should be spent out-of-doors in all but very bad weather. Brisk work and ample leisure and freedom should be the rule of the Home School. The work not done in its own time must be left undone. Children should not be embarrassed with arrears, and they should have a due sense of the importance of time, and that there is no other time for the work not done in its own time.”

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