Ever since Kaira and Kendra finished First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind (Levels 1&2), I’ve been quagmired in a swamp of indecision, searching for a nonexistent blend of Classical and Charlotte Mason. I’ve determined that there simply isn’t a curriculum that does both to my specifications.
After scrutinizing Rod and Staff, First Language Lessons Level 3, Primary Language Lessons, Jenkins, and a few others, I’ve reached a verdict! Drumroll….
The winner is…. Language Lessons For the Elementary Child (By Sandi Queen). (Just to complicate things, I might insert Karen Andreola’s Simply Grammar , which compliments Queen’s workbooks beautifully. I’m thinking it will fit well in between the two Elementary level books.) These materials have a lovely “kindling” quality that awakens awareness to the art of language, making them a graceful balance to my unadorned and somewhat austere teaching tendencies that lose the art of language in the study of its anatomy. Combined with our other copywork (and the writing incorporated with our history studies) it should harmonize well!
While it isn’t the exact blend I was seeking, I suspect it will ultimately be better for us than what I might think is perfect. At least I’m no longer quagmired. (And I think the children will really enjoy this approach!)