lSo, what have we been doing these past weeks?
Listening to the amazing Tchaikovsky Discovers America.
We got it FREE in tape format and we love it. The cover is also nicer than these psychedelic CD designs. It's a lively narration by a boy at the time Tchaikovsky visited America, with a person as Tchaikovsky, the boy, his sister, and the music at the background, plus Tchaikovsky talking about some of his pieces.
Then I've seen that there are others in this series, I wonder if they are the same quality as this, but I plan to give them a try, for they weave biography and music in a Charlotte Mason or you could call it, very poetic and appropriate for young children manner.
Listening to Song School Latin, lovely songs, as for the Latin you learn, if you speak and understand Spanish, not much, but the quality of the songs is great. I got the Teacher's Edition, which unnecessary if you get the student's book. We don't even have that, I may get it later or we'll wait until they are older and use MINIMUS LATIN, another great book I got for $4 at our curriculum sale, and which I personally love myself. Great to teach grammar too.
Books: we haven't started Harry's Mad yet because we are delighting in Little House in the Big Woods, and Wayward, and now also the first of the D'Aulaire biographies we have for this year, Benjamin Franklin. I wonder, can there be anything more exquisitely written and illustrated?
I'm reading a second book by Dr. Schields, The Education Of Our Girls, which you can also get here FREE, and you'd love to hear controversies that still exist now in an old time frame, because some reasoning will never become outdated, even if they were discussing if it was appropriate to have segregated or mixed universities (speaking about girls and boys together or separated). If you have not read yet the Making and the Unmaking of a Dullard, (Free Here), you are missing on something. My friend who asked what is a dullard, it's a stupid or dumb person.
I'm still reading The Republic and I have started School Education... and you know what, I UNDERSTAND IT. Yes, I've always read paragraphs, much of Home Education, many quotes from your great blogs, and now finally after almost six months of translating Charlotte Mason's Course which will be ready sometime in September, Lord willing, and years of reading books about her, I can finally say that, with work and effort, though, I can read her originals and enjoy greatly what she has to say about many aspects of education that will always concern any who is a parent and/or teacher.There is hope for you or any who wants to read her original work. And even if you don't, there are many wonderful books about her and blogs that quote her and that present wisely her thoughts for you to grasp and understand.
Books about Charlotte Mason I've enjoyed in the order I read them which worked for me,