What cycle do I start with?
What form should my child be in?
What subjects are included in a Gentle Feast?
This varies by form, but here is a list of subjects that are scheduled. You will need to access the living books scheduled, but many are obtainable from the library or in the public domain.
Beauty Loop (Poet Study, Picture Study, Composer Study, Hymn Study, Recitation, Fables/Hero Tales)
Geography (map work and a scheduled reader)
Copywork, Dictation, and Creative Writing
Science (forms II and up)
*For Form IV, I have scheduled lessons from Sabbath Mood Homeschool’s Science guides. These guides will need to be purchased separately.
Grammar (forms II and up)
Shakespeare and Plutarch (forms II and up)
Read Alouds (forms I and II)
Singing (forms I and II)
French, Spanish, and Latin plans
You will need to provide your own math. I do give a list of my suggestions in the curriculum.
What about a kindergartener?
I really want to say true Miss Mason’ recommendations to not start formal lessons until age 6. That doesn’t mean your kindergartener or preschooler sits around all day. They are welcome to listen to the read alouds and participate in morning time, though neither of these should be mandatory. These years are vital for the laying the foundation for learning. I HIGHLY recommend reading Charlotte Mason’s first volume, Home Education during this time. Stay tuned for more information!
Do you have a Canadian history option?
Yes!!! It is currently being beta tested. I expect the final product to release 8/2019. Find out more HERE.
I have a large family, how do I combine forms?
As a mom of 5 children, I totally get this. One year I had students in every form. I wrote A Gentle Feast with this in mind. The morning time brings everyone together with each different levels reciting their own poems and reading their own fables. All your children will be studying the same time period, so they can listen to each other’s narrations or you may want to chose one spine to read aloud to several children. The nature study topics can also be done as a family. If you need help with combining further, a consultation may be beneficial.
What about my advanced or struggling learner?
I love that Charlotte Mason’s first principle is “children are born persons.” We are so blessed to have such unique blessings. As there is no “cookie cutter” child, there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. I have had children on both sides of this perspective and I have taught hundreds of other children in various educational settings. All that to say, a consultation might be best to address your specific concerns.
What if my child has already read one of the books scheduled?
Isn’t it wonderful that there are so many excellent living books to chose from? I had a hard time narrowing down my selections. If your child has already read one of the scheduled books, simply substitute with a similar title. If you need suggestions, the Facebook group is a wealth of knowledge. Your child will still benefit from the copywork selections even if they are reading another book as I selected passages with great vocabulary and literary quality.
How long does a day in a Gentle Feast last?
In the parent packet, I have included a sample schedule and tips for scheduling your day according to Charlotte Mason’s principles. Depending on when you start, morning lessons should be finished by lunch time. Activities for afternoon tea are included.
What happens when we finish the four year cycle?
The History cycles keep repeating all the way through high school. The next time your child is in Cycle 1, they will be promoted to a higher form, thus with new material. You will follow the alternative Morning Time options your second time through the cycle.
I am completely new to Charlotte Mason, what should I do?
Is there a scope and sequence?
Yes. You can find that HERE
Why do you start with American History?
Volume 1, pg. 281 “The early history of a nation is better fitted than its later records for the study of children, because the story moves on a few broad, simple lines; while statesmanship, so far as it exists, is no more than the efforts of a resourceful mind to cope with circumstances… In the early years, while there are no examinations ahead, and the children may yet go leisurely, let them get the spirit of history into them by reading, at least one old Chronicle written by a man who saw and knew something of what he wrote about and did not get it secondhand. These old books are easier and pleasanter reading than most modern works on history; because writers know little of the ‘dignity of history’; they purl along pleasantly as a forest brook, tell you ‘all about it’, stir your heart with the story of a great event, amuse you with pageants and shows, make you intimate with the great people, and friendly with the lowly. They are just the right thing for the children whose eager souls want to get at the living people behind the words of the history book, caring nothing at all about progress, or statutes, or about anything but the persons, for whose action history is, to the child’s mind, no more than a convenient state. A child who has been carried through a single old chronicler in this way has a better foundation than if he knew all the dates and names and facts that ever were crammed for examination.”
Is this curriculum written from a Christian worldview?
“This idea of all education springing from and resting upon our relation to Almighty God-we do not merely give a religious education because that would seem to imply the possibility of some other education, a secular education, for example. But we hold that all education is divine, that every good gift of knowledge and insight comes from above, that the Lord the Holy Spirit is the supreme educator of mankind, and that the culmination of all education (which may at the same time be reached by a little child) is that personal knowledge of and intimacy with God in which our being finds its fullest perfection.”
I would also encourage you to think through what a Christian worldview truly means. Charlotte Mason’s view was not to give children cleaned up moralizing books with only one viewpoint. She believed that all true ideas were divinely inspired and that these ideas were best conveyed through living books, nature, and beauty. See here for more information on a sacred education: http://www.asacrededucation.com/a-sacred-education
You can read more about this in this wonderful article by Becky Anoi here: https://charlottemasonpoetry.org/charlotte-mason-and-worldview-formation/
Do you offer a military or missionary discount?
A Gentle Feast is pleased to offer a discount to all active military and missionaries who rely solely on support. If you would like more information, please email [email protected]
What is your return policy?
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Can you use this method in high school?
Can I use A Gentle Feast in our Coop?
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Do you offer consultations?
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