Category Archives: Charlotte Mason

Meiklejohns

Another book that Miss Mason used for grammar with form II (grades 4-6), as well as older students,  is Meiklejohn’s A Short Grammar of the English Tongue. You can find a neat, tidy, easy to read version here. Miss Mason used it in various terms- you can see for yourself which ones, and how she […]

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Charlotte Mason on Composition and Grammar for 4-6 grades, cont.

 One of the books Miss Mason used with 4-6 graders is How To Tell The Parts of Speech, by E. A. Abbott.  The book is dated enough that it is of limited use for today’s teacher/parent, unless you are confident enough in your knowledge of grammar to make adaptations and corrections as you go.  We […]

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Charlotte Mason’s ‘Umbrella’ Composition Book

It’s not her book, in the sense that she wrote it, but hers as the one she talks about when explaining how composition should *not* be taught. I mentioned it here. I can’t find the full book online, but I found a MacMillan sample book- a book with samples of pages from various of their […]

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Charlotte Mason: Composition Grades 4-6

In years 4-6 for Composition and grammar, Miss Mason had her students learn the parts of speech, and do some assigned writing. The assignments and topics came from their reading, and were in addition to regular oral or sketched narration of all their readings. The older children (fifth and sixth grade) might be asked to […]

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Charlotte Mason Composition: What Not to Do

  What not to do is actually pretty simple, because Miss Mason gave us a very specific set of bad examples and horrible warnings in volume 1.  I repost it below, adapted, paraphrased, and even somewhat rearranged for my purposes to bring out some points I wish to highlight: An Educational Futility. (Webster’s 1828 gives […]

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