This edition for ages 8-12, contains much of the same type of material as taught in volume 1, with a bit of additional practice. Topics include picture study, narration, copywork, grammar instruction, creative writing, and more. Slightly more advanced than volume one, the lessons are also progressively longer than in volume one, and the copywork lessons are longer as well. Consumable paperback with full color pictures.About Language Lessons:
As soon as the review copies of these books arrived I was smitten. Thisis the finest implementation of the Charlotte Mason method ofinstruction I have ever seen. If you are new to home education, theCharlotte Mason (1842-1923) name may not be familiar to you. A Britisheducator who devoted her life to improving the quality of children'seducation, to Charlotte Mason, language arts skills consisted ofnarration, the child telling back a story, copywork, the transcribingof a wellwritten piece of literature as handwriting practice, anddictation, which is spelling and grammar taught within the context ofrich language instead of static lists.
Sandi Queen has done an excellent job of combining thoselesson essentials, and even if she had stopped there it would have beena fine program. But instead, she takes the series from satisfactory toexceptional by adding delightful flourishes that include picturestudies with full-color paintings, basic phonics instruction, poetryappreciation and writing, creative writing, and much more.
It is the gorgeous reproduction of notable paintings that willfirst catch your eye. True to the Charlotte Mason philosophy, thepicture studies are based on classic works of art, introducing thechild to the paintings of great artists, encouraging himto study them by asking pertinent questions, and then asking for anarration of what he has observed.
Likewise characteristic of the Charlotte Mason approach, each lessontakes a scant five to fifteen minutes a day. This increases a bit withage, but is never as time-consuming as you will find in the more staidprograms typical of government schools. And Language Lessons doesn'ttry to do everything everyday, which alleviates the tedium associatedwith other language arts programs. I know many mothers who struggleunder the multiple pressures of parenting and educating, to say nothingof their responsibilities as wives and Christ followers. But I don'tknow any mother who is too busy to use this program. Each book is alarge, consumable, perfect-bound paperback, containing 180 lessons, andin full color.