Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason Language Arts Resources

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Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason Language Arts Resources - The Classical and Charlotte Mason methods rely heavily on the influence of literature, as a basis for mastering these arts. 

Dictionary-dot-com, defines language arts as the skills, including reading, composition, speech, spelling, and dramatics, taught in elementary and secondary schools to give students a thorough proficiency in using the language.

In conventional schools, this results in an abnormal detachment of these arts (composition, speech, spelling, grammar, etc.).

However both the Classical and Charlotte Mason methods rely heavily on the influence of literature, as a basis for mastering these arts. Most experienced writers will suggest reading more, in order to become a better writer. In the words of Jeff Goins:

Nothing inspires a writer like reading someone else’s words.

Great Literature and Living Books

Great literature evokes emotion, it pulls the reader in, making it almost impossible to put the book down. Great literature makes the reader an active participant in the story.

On day two of our series, we briefly discussed living books, as Charlotte Mason saw them, and today I came across a blog post that in my opinion gave the best explanation of what a living book is and how to spot one.

Have you ever seen The Never Ending story? It’s the story of Bastian who goes on the journey of a lifetime as he reads the story of another boy, very different from himself. Bastian eventually becomes the hero of the story he is reading. Bastian lived the book.

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Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason Language Arts Resources

If your goal is to educate your child classically and/or the Charlotte Mason way, your number one resource is your local library.

Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason Language Arts Resources

Since great literature is at the core of how we learn, our language arts resource list is not as extensive as you might have expected.

Grammar Galaxy

Though this is a textbook and not what a typical Charlotte Mason homeschooler would recommend, Grammar Galaxy is written in a conversational tone, by an author who is passionate about the subject, and therefore it is also a living book. Grammar Galaxy covers reading skill development, literary concepts, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, composition and public speaking. This curriculum is for the early elementary years, but I have successfully used it with my upper elementary dyslexic child.

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Memoria Press Classical Composition Series

We’ve used this composition series for 3 years. The lessons are concise and thorough. They often include biblical passages, fables, hymns and excerpts of great books as samples of great writing. This series also promotes narration and dictation, the Charlotte Mason way.

Learning Literature Through Language Arts

This is another textbook series, however as the name implies, it is literature based. Each grade level includes a list great books the student reads and learns the art of language and expression.

What language arts resources would you add?

Join us tomorrow for our Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason History Resources, and don’t miss the rest of the Classical Charlotte Mason Homeschooling series.

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4 comments

  1. Question – Since LLATL offers composition, why do you also use MP composition? I’ve never used LLATL but am considering it. Is the composition not adequate? My daughter will be in 8th grade, and up to this point, we’ve been using Easy Grammar and IEW. Also, we use a literature rich history program. Do you feel both that and LLATL would be reading overload? Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Alicia, LLATL is great on its own, specially in the high school years, however some of my kids excel in writing, so I wanted something extra to keep them motivated and on top of their game. Also one of my girls (who seriously dislikes writing) requested to do MP, because she enjoys the outlining, and paraphrasing in MP. As far as the literature based history program goes, i think it would depend on the child. Does she enjoy reading, or will it be a chore to get her to get lessons completed? You can always adjust and do a bit less or a little more depending on how things go. Just keep in mind that you can customize every curriculum. You don’t have to complete every lesson every time. Hope this helps 🙂

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