Homeschooling the Early Years


Have questions about homeschooling preschool? Maybe your oldest is three and you are now excited to get started on this homeschooling journey you have chosen — after all the in-laws are wondering why junior isn’t heading off to “real school” and the ABCs beckon.

We’ve got you covered. We talk about what you should do, what you shouldn’t (broken down by age), and all the things we would do over again if we could.

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  • Elyzaveta Bateham says:

    When looking at the list of 6 yo accomplishments ( and I know you mentioned it was tall order listing) – how does one introduce History passages? Is there a resource with History stories for children this age? Also, if narrations aren’t expected yet, how can we work on re-telling the parables and the history stories with them? Will you recommend listening to those often in audio format?

    • Dawn Garrett says:

      Hi Veta. List of attainments for a child of six should be built up to, and much of it should be done by a six year old – in other words it’s attainments by the time they’re seven. Students should be doing narrations starting at six. There are a number of history resources available – AmblesideOnline (where the link points to) has several suggestions for history readings at that age as do other curriculum purveyors. History is a story – a true story – that you introduce to your students that way. You can listen in audio format or even better read them aloud.

      Also, you don’t require narrations for children younger than six in a Charlotte Mason education, but if a child initiates it (and he generally will), narration is allowed.

      Hope that helps!

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