A Formidable List of Attainments For A Child of Six (blank)

we as far as home schooling, follow a Classical /  Charlotte Mason “style”.  At this point, that mainly means BOOKS and more BOOKS , delaying seated academic (except at the child’s lead) and basing what we do on reading.

 Charlotte Mason, in her writing listed “A Formidable List of Attainments” for a child of 6 (and another list for the child of 12). 

 In my addiction to lists and check lists I took the Formidable List and created a form for myself.  Items in Italics are items I have added to make the list, in my opinion, more “current” or better apply to my boys.  The French lanugae items I am not even trying, none of us speak French; however I am considering exchanging ASL for French (very likely). 

 A Formidable List of Attainments For A Child of Six

To recite, beautifully, 6 easy poems and hymns *(or full nursery rhymes; longer ones).

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To recite, perfectly and beautifully, a parable and a psalm.

Parable:  ____________________________________________

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Psalm:    ____________________________________________

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To add and subtract numbers up to 10, with dominoes or counters.

 

To read—to start to actually read

 To copy in print-hand from a book.
To know the points of the compass with relation to their own home, where the sun rises and sets, and the

      way the wind blows.

            Compass points in relation to home.

            The rising and setting of sun.

            The way the wind blows.

 

To describe the boundaries of their own home. (to describe their own land)

 

To describe any lake, river, pond, island etc. within easy reach.

 

To tell quite accurately (however shortly) 3 stories from Bible history, 3 from early American {English}, and 3 from early Roman history.

 

            Bible Stories

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            Early American Stories

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Early Roman Stories      

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To be able to describe 3 walks {natural trails} and 3 views {sites}.

            3 Walks

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           3 Views

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To mount in a scrap book a dozen common wildflowers, with leaves; to name these, describe them in their own words, and say where they found them.

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To mount in a scrap book the leaves and flowers of 6 forest trees; to name these, describe them in their own

      words, and say where they found them.

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To know 6 birds by song, color and shape.

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To tell three stories about their own “pets”–rabbit, dog or cat.

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To name 20 common objects in French, and say a dozen little sentences.  {NOT EVEN TRYING}

            Objects

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             Sentences

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To sing one hymn, one French song, and one English song. {not even trying}

Hymn:_____________________________________________

French Song:__________________________________________

English Song:_________________________________________
To keep a caterpillar and tell the life-story of a butterfly from his own observations.

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4 responses to “A Formidable List of Attainments For A Child of Six (blank)

  1. carolyn bledsoe

    Wow. I’m not sure I could do all those things. What a challenge to complete each and every thing on the list. But you know what? I bet that Big Brother won’t have any trouble doing it!

    • I can’t do it all — i am thinking of filling one in on MYSELF at umm thirty-*cough* just for fun.

      CM lived, and educated in a differnt time, she educated the upper class in England in a differt time; a time when a lady learned needlepoint and “hand work” and that was NOT cleaning or cooking. when a gentelman whas known by his heels. The students she taught, and the families she worked with; would have spent their time learning french (and Latin likly) and so on — not really relavant to today; at least her specific items are not.

      But I do think it demonstrates the fact children CAN learn “beatful things” and things of more value than most expose their kids to. To me, it is a reminder to keep the quality things of life in front of the boys. It is also a reminder, to me, that kids can, and do, learn “real things” and no not have to be trapped in the world of Diseny and “children’s things” — they do not have to be in an artifical reality of “kid stuff”.

  2. Crystal

    As always, you plan well!

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