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Needing help with placement
In General Questions
smb
Aug 15, 2018
Thank you!
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What are your thoughts for "On the Teaching of Poetry"?
In Methods and Principles
smb
Jul 20, 2018
I have read this article a few times and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I remember poetry being ripped apart in school and yet I enjoyed to just read it. That said, with my children both in elementary and in high school, all I have done is that we just read it. We did talk about it from time to time but mostly it was to enjoy what was being said. It was nice to know what we have been doing in our home aligns with Ms. Woods process of reading and enjoying it. I like the picture she brought to my mind about poetry to child; Mary A. Woods then goes on to clarify the meaning of poetry, writing: “I would define poetry, then, as the musical expression, by means of words, of thought charged with emotion” and then continues by describing its elements. “Thus the elements of poetry are thought, emotion, music; and I lay stress upon the music, because I believe it to be not only an element essential to poetry, but an element too apt to be overlooked. Poetry appeals primarily to the ear, and its sounds ought to satisfy the ear (Woods). She continues with: “For the child the order I have given is reversed. It is not “thought, emotion, music,” but “music, emotion, thought.” A child will hear and enjoy the music of a poem before he can appreciate the emotion; he will appreciate the emotion before he can understand the thought”. In my home, my younger children like the “movement” or the music of poetry and yet my older children have plenty of thoughts about it. When we have these discussions, the younger children will start talking about how they feel as well as what they think. Now, I will say I still have trouble understanding poetry and prose myself and I have not taught my children the difference. We have yet dissected any poetry piece as of yet. How could I do this a more holistic manner? We have not even tried to write poetry either. This is something to think about as the new year is approaching us.
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Early Years History
In Form I: Years 1-3
smb
Nov 18, 2017
I really enjoyed reading this from your blog and FB. I persoanlly go back and forth with American first or from the beginning. With my 3rd child, we did from Ancients when he was in 1st grade. Did he enjoy it, hmmm, I am not sure. He likes learning. The people he was introduced to was more exciting to him than events. Then we did Middle Ages and well, what boy doesn't like swords, knights and vikings? He made heroic connections. Now, we are doing Ren. to Ref. and he likes it BUT when at night when I am reading books about American history and all of my 6 children (12 grade to 2 years old) all sit and listen in. They made connections with Leif, Columbus and when we finished reading about Pochonatas my 6 year old just cried. She cried because the book had ended. She made very strong connections with her. We are reading William Bradford and in the first two chapters we shed tears. I am finding holidays like Thanksgiving brings a deeper meaning to them now. I am very candid with my children on the good, bad and ugly of people and events and each children can only take in so much. A few months ago, my husband was "quizing" our older children and I was amazed on how much they understand World history but when he started quizing them on American history, they didn't know much. He turned to me and said, why have they have not learned about this yet? My only answer was we are not there yet. He and I had a heart to heart and now, I do have another stream of American history. Does that fall in line with CM? How I understand it, yes and no. In form 1 CM doesn't have multiply streams, it starts in form 2. I think each family will have to do what they think is best for them at the time of understanding CM's philosophy and methods.
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Foreign language
In Form 2: Years 4-6
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In Form I: Years 1-3
smb
Jul 27, 2017
Ok, thanks!!
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