Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest
I’m reading “The Daily 5” by “The 2 Sisters” Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. This review by Angela at “The Cornerstone for Teachers” is informative and helpful. I do believe The Daily 5 will work for homeschooling, especially if children have not reached independence with their literacy activities. The Daily 5 includes Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, and Word Work.
I want to follow Charlotte Mason’s short lessons for young children, so we will start with the recommended 3 minutes to build stamina (comparable to Charlotte Mason’s habit training) and then work up to 10-15 minutes (or whatever feels comfortable). If our boys want to read or write longer, they can certainly do this. We have this flexibility. I do read to them at bedtime so this counts in the total literacy time too. Since my kids are younger, this great example of a daily *4* is something we can do now.
The sisters insist that children choose their own books by going to the library to find “good-fit” books. They model for their students how to find a “good-fit” book. Their examples of a “good-fit” book and “ways to read a book” are extremely helpful for me since I am stuck on Charlotte Mason’s concept of “twaddle.” I want to avoid twaddle. However, kids need to start somewhere and they need to *enjoy* reading. I’m not rushing out to buy “Captain Underpants” but I do need to stop being a book snob. This is a point where Charlotte Mason might disagree since she believed in high quality book choices — living books.
Hunter has not heard much twaddle (not counting television). Most importantly, he has a taste for good stories, so I have to believe he will want to progress to more substance. I agree with the sisters assertion that trust is essential for independence.
I am also reassured by their description of public school models that DO NOT work. In my opinion, except for the number of children, “The Daily 5″ really looks more like homeschool than public school – right down to the couches and home-like atmosphere.
If you read this book or plan to read this book, I would love to hear your opinions.