The Answer Key for Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Vol 1.
About Language Lessons:
As soon as the review copies of these books arrived I was smitten. This
is the finest implementation of the Charlotte Mason method of
instruction I have ever seen. If you are new to home education, the
Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) name may not be familiar to you. A British
educator who devoted her life to improving the quality of children's
education, to Charlotte Mason, language arts skills consisted of
narration, the child telling back a story, copywork, the transcribing
of a wellwritten piece of literature as handwriting practice, and
dictation, which is spelling and grammar taught within the context of
rich language instead of static lists.
Sandi Queen has done an excellent job of combining those
lesson essentials, and even if she had stopped there it would have been
a fine program. But instead, she takes the series from satisfactory to
exceptional by adding delightful flourishes that include picture
studies with full-color paintings, basic phonics instruction, poetry
appreciation and writing, creative writing, and much more.
It is the gorgeous reproduction of notable paintings that will
first catch your eye. True to the Charlotte Mason philosophy, the
picture studies are based on classic works of art, introducing the
child to the paintings of great artists, encouraging him
to study them by asking pertinent questions, and then asking for a
narration of what he has observed.
Likewise characteristic of the Charlotte Mason approach, each lesson
takes a scant five to fifteen minutes a day. This increases a bit with
age, but is never as time-consuming as you will find in the more staid
programs typical of government schools. And Language Lessons doesn't
try to do everything everyday, which alleviates the tedium associated
with other language arts programs. I know many mothers who struggle
under the multiple pressures of parenting and educating, to say nothing
of their responsibilities as wives and Christ followers. But I don't
know any mother who is too busy to use this program. Each book is a
large, consumable, perfect-bound paperback, containing 180 lessons, and
in full color.