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    Charlotte Mason and Dictation

    When Koala was seven I heard of Charlotte Mason for the first time, her ideas resonated with me, in particular her teaching on Language Arts and Living Books.  At nine Koala began dictation lessons,  they have long been part of our learning. Over the years we have used various resources, Bible passages, Psalms, Catechism questions, a current read aloud, excerpts from the Queensland School Readers(excellent quality literature) and more recently we have purchased Spelling Wisdom. The quality of literature in these books is incredible and truthfully they are making our days flow far smoother. Despite years of dictation though, I still felt we were missing the result I desired.  The…

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    Forming Good Habits

    One of my goals for 2009 is re-visiting good habits for the whole family. Habits in many different areas, one is to make your bed every morning! Conversation yesterday goes something like this: Me: I want you to make your bed first thing in the morning. Child: Why? Me: Because it is a good habit to get into. Child:Why? Me: Well, it helps to get you in the right mood, once you have made your bed you feel like the day has started and you feel more like working. Child: It doesn’t make me feel like that. Me: Well, just make your bed, its a good habit. Child: Says who?…