The Most Important Elements of a Charlotte Mason Kindergarten

The Most Important Elements of a Charlotte Mason Kindergarten

Now that you’ve decided to pursue a Charlotte Mason education, you’re wondering what’s next. What does Charlotte Mason Kindergarten look like? In this post, I’m going to break down what a Charlotte Mason Kindergarten consists of.

The Most Important Elements of a Charlotte Mason Kindergarten

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The Most Important Elements of a Charlotte Mason Kindergarten

Also Read: Charlotte Mason Preschool Years

Free play

Nature walks and play.

Kindergarten is a great time to start going on some Nature Walks. Take your child to a local state park, a park, the beach, the country, or anywhere they can take in the beauty around them.

Also, spend most of your days outdoors. Even when the weather is not perfect children love being outside. Don’t be afraid to let them play in the rain, get muddy, or play in the snow. Children have a natural tendency to get messy outside, and that’s ok! This is part of what Charlotte Mason is talking about when she mentions “masterly inactivity”. As long as they are not in danger, let your child explore and get a little messy. Watch them from a little distance.

Sandbox letters

In her first volume of the homeschooling series, Charlotte Mason mentions sand trays. She says to keep a drawer or tray of sand for your child to trace letters with their finger.

Another option is a sandbox. A small sandbox in the yard could be a good place for letter tracing, castle building, and all sorts of fun!

Magnetic/ Wooden Letters & Numbers

Keep some magnetic letters and a dry erase board handy. I have a magnetic dry erase board (that I found at Goodwill) hung low enough for my little ones to reach. I keep a basket of magnetic letters and other magnets nearby for them to play with as they wish.

Through just this, my 3-year-old has picked up some of the names. All by natural curiosity.

Children are going to ask: “What is this letter, Mommy?”

I also have these alphabet popsicles that she plays with on the floor or in the bath. She learned all her colors by the age of 2 just from playing. They have number popsicles, too!

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Wooden letters with a sorting tray like this can be used also. >>>

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Alphabet Puzzles

Buy some good quality alphabet puzzles. They can be small ones you use at the table or large floor puzzles. Try to mix it up so they have a variety of things at their disposal.

Read good literature and poems.

Read good literature and poems out loud to your child. Make sure your literature is quality and not twaddle. Charlotte Mason mentions a little girl reciting poems that she learned from her mother reciting them as she brushed her child’s hair. Education does not always happen in a formal manner!

Read about twaddle here.

Some good books for 5-6-year-olds are:

*All of these books are in our home library!

Blueberries for Sal

Make Way for Ducklings

The Story of Ferdinand

Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel

Winnie the Pooh

The Little Engine That Could

The Story About Ping

Caps for Sale

Corduroy

Peter Rabbit

Stone Soup

I also recommend picking up Honey For a Child’s Heart. It is full of wonderful book ideas for ages 0-12.

No formal lessons until they are fully ready. About 6 or 7.

Charlotte Mason suggested they should have no formal lessons until age 6 or 7. She believed a child should have a full 6 years of life outdoors roaming and exploring.

List of attainable goals for 6-year-olds from Ambleside Online:

1. To recite, beautifully, 6 easy poems and hymns
2. to recite, perfectly and beautifully, a parable and a psalm
3. to add and subtract numbers up to 10, with dominoes or counters
4. to read–what and how much, will depend on what we are told of the child
5. to copy in print-hand from a book …..

Read more on Ambleside Online

Read: How to Homeschool for Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method

Podcast on Charlotte Mason Early Years

I recommend listening to this podcast by A Delectable Education: The Early Years.

What does your Charlotte Mason Kindergarten look like? Leave it in the comments.

The Most Important Elements of a Charlotte Mason Kindergarten

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