“I hope that my readers will train their children in the art of recitation… in learning to recite you learn to speak.” Charlotte Mason, Home Education
My oldest recently turned 6, so right now, language arts in our home, looks like beautiful read-alouds & recitation. #charlottemasonmondays
“Children know how to read, but cannot read.” This quote makes me chuckle, but I totally get it. I have vivid memories of learning to read when I was 6. Not the sounding out of words, but the actual reading. See, my mother expected me to read a passage, as it was meant to be heard. No monotone reading accepted. And at the time, in my 6 year old mind I wondered why it mattered how I recited it -though now I’m grateful.
Mason said that, “the child should speak beautiful thoughts so beautifully, with such delicate rendering of each nuance of meaning, that he becomes to the listener the interpreter of the author’s thought.” So that’s what she was going for when I was 6, and what we will strive for with our children now.
I introduced recitation a few months ago using scripture cards from ourlifeintheshire and it turned out to be such a lovely addition to our days.
And for our fruitful summer season, I’m so excited to start using her fruit of the spirit cards! Scripture + recitation fit together perfectly.
I truly appreciate that language arts isn’t just grammar, syntax, spelling, but that it is also, like any other art, a beautiful form of expression; it is in fact “the children’s art.”
(Ps: I shared a poetry recitation from my 6yo in my stories today!)
There are multiple parts to language arts in a Charlotte Mason education, & please find more insights on her philosophy from: