A Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six

We are investigating Charlotte Mason extensively in preparation for starting Kindergarten in the Fall. The more I read and learn about Charlotte Mason the more I love the philosophy. To that end here is a list I found on Ambleside, that we are using as a very low key goal/checklist for next year. My notes to the list are in red italics.

A reprint of a curriculum outline from a CM school in the 1890's. from Summer 93 Parents Review pub by Karen Andreola

1. To recite, beautifully, 6 easy poems
2. to recite, perfectly and beautifully, a parable and a psalm - Not quite sure how this will fit in
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
6. 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
7. to describe the boundries of their own home I don't really understand what this means and am researching it
8. to describe any lake, river, pond, island etc. within easy reach
9. to tell quite accurately (however shortly) 3 stories from Bible history, 3 from early American, and 3 from early Roman history
10. to be able to describe 3 walks and 3 views Maybe I am dense but I cannot understand what these mean. I hope my further readings will clarify.
11. to mount in a scrap book a dozen common wildflowers, with leaves (one every week); to name these, describe them in their own words, and say where they found them.
12. to do the same with leaves and flowers of 6 forest trees
13. to know 6 birds by song, color and shape
14. to complete some piece of handiwork, as directed
15. to tell three stories about their own "pets"--rabbit, dog or cat.
16. to name 20 common objects in Hebrew, and say a dozen little sentences
17. to sing one hymn, one Hebrew song, and one English song
18. to keep a caterpillar and tell the life-story of a butterfly from his own observations.


  1. You will never regret giving your children a Charlotte Mason education! We are pretty new to it and it is simply amazing!


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