List of Attainments

 If I can be said to be teaching Froggy according to any style, it would be Charlotte Mason.  Charlotte Mason included in her Original Homeschool Series books some lists of attainments, goals or objectives to be met by certain ages. She has one for 6-year-olds and one for 12-year-olds. Since Froggy will turn six in October, I figured I would check in and see where she stands according to this list.  Foreign Language is a big push but we chose Hebrew rather than French.  The big problem is I don't understand how to determine where she stands on several of them.  I have marked those in purple.  I have marked the ones that we are totally good on in green.   I am not sure if we will work on all the rest or not, specifically the recitation ones but it is interesting to look at.

1. To recite, beautifully, 6 easy poems and hymns
2. to recite, perfectly and beautifully, a parable and a psalm
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 boundaries of their own home
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 English, and 3 from early Roman history (my note here, we may want to substitute early American for early English!)
10. to be able to describe 3 walks and 3 views
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, colour and shape
14. to send in certain Kindergarten or other 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 (we are good on the words but still struggling on 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. I agree with your assessment in green and clear. The ability to recite would probably be worthwhile from a performance angle, but its your call. I agree substitue american history for early english, and probably any 3 stories from ancient times rather than just roman. (Greek myths, maybe the peloponnesian war.) My thoughts on the purple are as follows:

    7) I think that's the property boundaries. Knowing and describing where our house begins and ends in words. Could probably do it now.
    8) Again its a matter of being able to put into words something from reality. Almost any level of description would do.
    14) There's no way to know what she was thinking, but in our case have her do a worksheet or two from an actual kindergarten class if we wanted.


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