As of yet, I have been implementing a Charlotte Mason education for Form 1 (Ages 6-8). At the end of next summer I will have a Form 2 (ages 9-11). I will be using the blog to organize all my notes.  I am using her books, Programmes, and internet archives as the source to this information.

  • Form 1- Keep a Nature Notebook
    • August/ September- December:  Find and describe: Wild fruits, ten birds, five other animals.  Brush-draw 6 wild fruits from memory and 6 animals or birds from memory.
    • December March:  Find and describe 6 twigs of trees, ten birds, and five other animals.  Brush-draw 6 twigs from memory and 6 animals or birds from memory.
    • March/April June:  Find and describe six wildflowers, ten birds, and five other animals.  Brush-draw 6 wildflowers from memory and 6 animals or birds from memory.
    • Brush-drawing: Pencils should not be used much, but watercolors to draw.
    • Drawing practice can be done on chalkboards before moving to paper and brush.
    • Reference books for nature study and journals.
      • A Handbook of Nature Study by Comstock
      •   A Nature Study Guide by Furneaux
      • Backyard Birds of Summer and Winter by Lerner
      • Regional field guides for birds, animals, wildflowers, and trees
      • Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling.
    • Scheduling:  Make sure a specific descriptive entry is made at least twice a week.  The child can dictate and the parent can write.  Add a detailed brush-drawing to notes at least once a week.
  • Form 2 Keep a Nature Note-book
    • All Year:  Make special studies for the season with drawings and notes. Use Ambleside Online’s special studies rotation along with A Handbooks of Nature Study.
    • Ambleside Side Online Special Studies
    • Brush-drawing for nature
      • September- December:  Brush-draw 6 wildflowers, six animals you have been able to watch, and 6 trees
      • January- March: 6 twigs of trees and 6 animals
      • April-June: 6 wild flowers, 6 animals, and 6 trees
      • At times the third set of brush-drawings was replaced with people.  There were also scheduled brush-drawings for tales and Christmas cards during the Christmas season.
      • Use how to draw books.
    • Schedule:  If possible observe and make notes of special study daily.  Do at least 1-2 nature brushdrawings weekly.