"Our business is to provide children with material in their lessons, and, leave the handling of such materials to themselves. If we would believe it, composition is as natural as jumping and running to children who have been allowed due use of books. They should narrate in the first place, and they will compose readily enough; but they should not be taught 'composition'." ~ Charlotte MasonMuch of a Charlotte Mason education is so simple, if we just let it be. I myself forget this regularly. However, when it comes to writing and composing, I have tried to let things happen in due course. In the last few weeks, my children have gotten into the habit of following me around the house with paper and pen. They would chatter to each other and then ask me to spell a word or two for them. Before I knew it, they had a few sentences on several papers and were looking for the stapler. Realizing that I should strike while the iron was hot but not get too involved with their fun for fear of ruining it, I decided to make them some composition books. I put them in a basket with pencils, markers and stickers. I then placed the basket on the table and waited to see what would happen.
It was not long before little hands were in the basket and kiddos were asking, "What are these books and things for?" I told them they could write little stories in them and put them on their bookshelves. All three of them took a book and started composing. I look forward to seeing what they would create. Interestingly, the kids went off to get their personal spelling dictionaries and remembered periods at the end of their sentences without a single lesson! Thank you, Charlotte Mason.