Both books arrived in the very large Amazon order. 13 story CDs, most of the Sir Cumference books, several of the Marica Williams books, Kingfishers encyclopedia of history, the rest of the story of world volums, and a few other story books recommended by The Well Trained Mind book. Plus I also downloaded classic children stories for the Kindle Ap; secret garden, five children and It, the railway children, etc. Oh and a couple of the Bones series on DVD for me.
So far, my reading into classical education is exciting me; and I'm struck by similarities with Waldorf in terms of child development. I very much like the classical educations emphasis on language and literature, including how history, science, and literature are linked chronologically. Back in my day grammar wasn't taught. Well, I remember the odd lesson on nouns, verbs and pronunciation; and I do mean the odd lesson. Personally, I feel understanding grammar is important. It is not a strong point for me, and so will be an interesting learning curve for myself too.
These early years, in Classical terms, are the grammar years; the building blocks of learning to come, that will be built upon. There is an emphasis on oral learning, memorization, and as writing develops; copying from classical education. Comprehension, logic, rhetoric, these elements come in much later.
Already I am pondering our circle time, which admittedly has fallen by the wayside recently. The children enjoy circle time, and the classical reading scheme, the encouragement to learn simple poems to memorise the vowel names and sounds etc; reading fairy tales and adaptions of classics for young children; all these things I can add into our circle time easily. From a childminder's perspective too, nicely fits in some of the EYFS learning goals.
I like I can bring these elements into our life without ramming it down Rye's throat. I am enriching his playing and learning environment, while remaining true to my beliefs that young children need to play and they need freedom to play without undue adult direction or interference. The caveat being if they ask for input.
I wonder too if Rye's enjoyment of workbooks is a natural desire within him, for a richer learning environment.
Truly, these are exciting times.