"...now we had six complete copies...line by line, and word by word. We gathered up the words and put them in a box, and our preparations were complete...I write up, in good clear 'print' hand...he watches with more interest because he knows his letters. I say, pointing to the word...which he repeats."
"Then the words in the box are scattered on the table, and he finds half a dozen...with great ease."
"We do the same thing with (other words), till all the words in the verse have been learned. The words on the black-board grow into a column, which (he) reads backwards and forwards, and every way, except as the words run in the verse."
"Then (he) arranges the loose words into columns like that on the board. Then into columns of his own devising, which he reads off. Lastly, culminating joy (the whole lesson has been a delight!), he finds among the loose words, at my dictation...arranging the words in verse form.
"Then I had still one...copy, out of which (he) had the pleasure of reading the verse, and he read it forwards and backwards. So long as he lives he will know those...words....he will read those...words wherever he meets with them." -Charlotte Mason
I then asked him his favorite of these words, and not surprisingly he chose the most deliciously long word there. We played a game where he would close his eyes and I would ask him to picture the word in his mind while I erased a letter or two and he would have to replace them. Soon he could spell the whole word.
"The child should hunt through two or three pages of good clear type for 'little,' star,' you,' are,' each of the words he has learned, until the word he knows looks out upon him like the face of a friend in a crowd of strangers, and he is able to pounce upon it anywhere. Lest he grow weary of the search, the teacher should guide him, unawares, to the line or paragraph where the word he wants occurs. Already the child has accumulated a little capital; he knows eight or ten words so well that he will recognize them anywhere, and the lesson has occupied probably ten minutes."Pin It
- Part II: More Reading Lessons with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star can be found here.
- Another example of a Charlotte Mason style reading lesson can be found here.