Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Charlotte Mason had a wonderful way with children, she believed we should treat each child as a "whole person".
"Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking - the strain would be too great - but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest." ~ Charlotte Mason
She said our aim in education is to give a full life. When educating your kindergarten student always keep that quote resting in your mind. This year, our kindergarten students will be eager to learn and ready to drink in "a full life". As educators, together we will find ways to keep learning alive and not snuff it out.
In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air.” ~ Charlotte Mason, Home Education page 44
Even in Charlotte's day there was "extraordinary pressure" to push children so early into hard core academics. I have loved the above quote since I started homeschooling. With each baby I have had, this has been my goal. A quiet growing time. Download this quote to hang on your wall as a reminder. I'm in the trenches of motherhood with you, keeping our lives "quiet" for their sake in a lifestyle.
During our first six years, we are not hiding the ABC's from them. We are allowing them to fellowship with the alphabet.
A Charlotte Mason education is about making connections with their five senses.
Learning the alphabet through touching the letters. Drawing them in the air. Tracing the shapes of the letters, are some ways to "touch" the alphabet.
An idea for busy moms: Get an old fashioned plain set of letters let the one below
You can either paint these or leave them unfinished. I prefer them unfinished, I love the look.
When teaching the alphabet, start with one letter at a time. The alphabet can be overwhelming all at once.
During the day we talk about that one letter we are working on for the week. We carry our letter in our pocket, put it in a pile of 5 other letters to find, trace the letter with our finger, use a pan with oatmeal to draw the letter...make connections with just that letter.
"Let the child alone, and he will learn the alphabet for himself: but few mothers can resist the pleasure of teaching it; and there is no reason why they should, for this kind of learning is no more than play to the child.”
We want this kind of learning to be play! Children learn through play!
My current kindergarten student, age 5, loves cars and things that move. I created this ABC printable set to inspire him to "drive" his little finger along the shape of L, M, N,O,P.
This roadway set contains all 26 uppercase letters. Each car is driving along the letter in a fun way. We are using this set to trace to drive mini cars on, tracing with a pencil, and practicing scissor skills by cutting them out.
Have FUN teaching the alphabet. Remember to include the five senses in all you teach!