A Charlotte Mason Education; Our Week #2

This is one of my intermittent posts giving a summary of some of what we\’ve covered in a week. Here are some selections from last week, which was our third week of Ambleside Online Year 9.
My first post is here and details a few other areas plus some books that we\’re using. Last week we started Shakespeare\’s The Merchant of Venice using the Naxos audio CD pictured below. We\’ve used a few different audio productions for Shakespeare\’s plays including Arkangel, New Cambridge, and Folio, in addition to Naxos and we\’ve probably enjoyed the Naxos versions best. Their narrators/actors are excellent!

The Oxford School Shakespeare guides are great for high school and often have ideas that can be used for narration. A couple from The Merchant of Venice are:

\’The trial of Antonio is a very important event in Venice. Give it full \’media coverage\’ – newspaper, radio etc. Describe three of Portia\’s suitors and her attitudes towards them.\’
I use these guides myself as we listen to the audio and my children have followed along using the free versions found here. They are often re-published and easy to find secondhand. I usually buy them for a dollar or two from op shops or Lifeline book sales.

Portia by John Everett Millais (1886)
\’The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown…\’
Portia\’s speech from The Merchant of Venice: Act IV, Scene 1

Weekly Readings for Year 9

Cold Case Christianity – We\’ve been watching some videos by J. Warner Wallace, a cold-case homicide detective via RightNow Media but I found some online that are free. I haven\’t watched the free videos but the ones we\’ve viewed at RightNow are very good. He\’s also written a number of books for both adults and children.

I\’ve been using some of the Key to Algebra books for Moozle just for a diversion from her regular maths text. We\’ve previously used Key to Percents & Fractions; Decimals, and will probably also use Key to Geometry. They are very good for cementing understanding and filling in gaps when you have a student who doesn\’t love maths.
Unfortunately, I\’ve had to order them from the USA. Christianbook.com is the cheapest place I\’ve found. RainbowResource also has them but postage (to Australia) is expensive.

Free Reading

Saint Ronan\’s Well by Sir Walter Scott

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (re-read)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – this is the second time Moozle\’s  read this book and she\’s appreciated it a lot more this time around.

Working on some art skills:

Out comes the picture book! Moozle & her brother collaborated yet again to make a smashing apple pie using the recipe from this well-loved book: How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World by Marjorie Priceman.

Sourcing Books & Supplies in Australia

Sometimes I use World of Books for secondhand items. They\’re a bit limited regarding homeschool material but good for classics, Shakespeare guides, and better known titles. They also have free postage.
On occasion, eBay has had what I was after. I\’ve bought Windsor & Newton watercolours from The Art Shop Skipton. It\’s a UK supplier but I had no problems with orders and when I looked they were cheaper than buying the paints here in Australia. That may not always be the case though.

https://www.bookfinder.com/ is a good place to compare book prices.

6 thoughts on “A Charlotte Mason Education; Our Week #2

  1. Hi Lark, I went to an interesting talk on Justice a few years ago and this speech was recited as part of the dialogue. The Merchant of Venice was very cleverly woven in with the talk and the narrator of this speech made it incredibly moving.


  2. Hi Anne, Bookfinder is a very good search engine. It doesn’t work as well for us over here as it would for you in the USA as it doesn’t pick up the smaller random book stores around the place. Good luck with finding a GF recipe!


  3. Yes, that’s the problem ☹️ I had a bit of a shock when I ordered some books from overseas through find a GST added. It adds significantly to the cost with the Aussie $ the way it is.


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