How do you Know Your Kids are Learning?
Elbow deep in soapy water, I felt a light tap on the top of my head.
Was that water?
Peering at the ceiling, I spied another drop on its way down, seemingly originating from the can light over my kitchen sink.
This can’t be good.
I wonder what the kids are up to? I took the stairs two at a time.
At the top I heard muffled squeals of delight. Hot steamy clouds hit me as I opened the bathroom door. On full blast, the shower pummeled two fully dressed kids sitting on a bath towel submerged in the tub. With. water. overflowing. everywhere.
“We’re in the rainforest!” shouted my daughter happily.
“Yeah! We’re floating on a raft down the Amazon River!” my son yelled, barely audible over the pounding of the shower.
Like any self-respecting mom, I was winding up to let ‘em have it.
That is when the lightning bolt hit. MY KIDS WERE ACTUALLY LEARNING! And this “dramatization” was proof!
How do you know your kids are learning?
Charlotte Mason’s approach to learning using living books, instead of textbooks, really works!
- We’d read a few fascinating books about the rainforest.
- They’d done oral narrations over what they’d read.
- They’d completed copy work about the rainforest.
- They’d drawn pictures of the rainforest (another form of narration).
And now they were dramatizing a scene in a story they were creating, with themselves as the stars!
Our recent readings about the rainforest had ignited their imaginations!
Isn’t that what Charlotte Mason homeschooling was all about? Presenting children with a “feast of ideas” and letting them ‘form their own relationships’?
I certainly had not suggested that they soak the bathroom rug and do who knows what to the ceiling and light fixture downstairs. :-0
Miss Mason’s thoughts:
The children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times––a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story books. Their lessons, too, history and geography, should cultivate their conceptive powers. If the child does not live in the times of his history lesson, be not at home in the climes his geography book describes, why, these lessons will fail of their purpose. ~Charlotte Mason Vol. I, Part IV of Home Education, p. 153
My kids weren’t playing in the shower, they were ‘at home in the climes’ of the South American jungle!
I knew then that our recent switch to the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling was the right choice for us. Despite the punishment the house endured, I knew we had made the right decision. And we never looked back. 🙂
So…. are your kids learning? How do you know?
P.S. If your answer to the question above was “I don’t know,” you might take a hard look at the curriculum you are using. Is it boring, or is it inspiring? You can perk up any curriculum by reading more great literature. Here’s what it can do.