Moozle started Ambleside Online Year 6 about two months ago so I thought it would be a good opportunity to record some of what she does in the way of notebook keeping each week.
I’ll start with her favourite:
This is something Moozle really enjoys doing and will often suggest it early in the week. Two weeks ago we started studying earthworms and built a little worm farm to observe them:
A clear jar (glass or plastic)
3 layers – torn newspaper on the bottom, then a layer of dirt and another layer of sand
We used an upturned pot plant base as a loose lid
Keep it moist but don’t overwater like we did and nearly drowned them all
Food – teabags, lettuce leaves, crushed egg shells
Cover the container with something dark – we used a black cloth bag
The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock has some ideas on pages 422-425. She suggested:
Nature Studies in Australia by William Gillies & Robert Hall has a good chapter also:
I don’t think Charlotte Mason actually used the term ‘copywork’ (I could be mistaken, but I haven’t found it if she did) but she did use the word, ‘transcription,’ and said that it should be slow and beautiful work…
Moozle has been doing this for a number of years now and I have seen a huge improvement in her spelling, especially with the addition of dictation around the time she turned ten. But I still have to watch that her writing doesn’t get sloppy. She loves using coloured pens but her writing is often neater when she uses pencil. I usually let her choose her own passages now for copying or give her some choice. Shakespeare, poetry, literature, and Bible verses are some examples of what we’ve used.
Some examples of my older children’s history timelines and notebooks are here.
Linking up with Celeste at Keeping Company