15 August 2011

What Ambleside Looks Like

I recently met with a homeschool mom who is switching to Ambleside Online. This will be her first time using a Charlotte Mason approach to education. We spent three hours going over all of the different aspects of the curriculum, and let me be honest: it looks quite daunting, especially if you aren't yet familiar with the philosophy.

Personally, I think that Ambleside is the simplest, most effective curriculum I've ever encountered. Regardless of its simplicity, it can be hard for us to implement because of our huge mental hurdles. After all, most of us {myself included} spent years learning in an environment that was highly influenced by Dewey, which means it was almost completely antithetical to what we are trying to do. Learning to think about education in a way that diverges so much from our upbringing--our culture--is the hardest part.

It matters not that this is actually a return to the traditions of humanity. Right here, right now, it can be difficult.

This is why I've decided to start a new series. Plus, I've got school on the brain, whether I like it or not. I'll just serve this muse until another comes my way.

Starting tomorrow, we'll go through the elements day by day {or post by post, as the case may be}.

First up: picture study.

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-What Picture Study Looks Like
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-What Composer Study Looks Like