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COURSE NO. FA -183

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COURSE OVERVIEW

18 week course plan:  Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl.  Art appreciation picture study training.  One or more picture studies per week.

COURSE NOTES

Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl.  This course is counted as Art Appreciation.  Once or twice a week, take about twenty to thirty minutes of cuddle and discussion time.  Mrs. Serl’s text is an English grammar text, originally written for Gr. 2 and 3.  A great favorite of Charlotte Mason fans, it covers poetry, memorization, dictation, grammar, composition, and picture studies.  We use the picture study lessons only, for oral language development, detail observation, consequential thinking, story-telling, visual processing…
       Mrs. Serl presents a simple black and white painting and guides the child through some art appreciation questions (What is the name of the picture?  What is the name of the artist?  Have you seen other paintings by this artist? etc.), then directs the child’s attention to different details in the picture, asking them eventually to tell a story about the picture.  Once you’ve worked through Mrs. Serl’s questions, add some more of your own, like What do you think this character is thinking/saying/wishing?  What do you think will happen next?  What do you think happened just before this picture?  If you stepped into this picture, what would you do first?  What would you say?  What would probably happen when you said or did that?  If you had painted this picture, how would you have painted it?  If you stepped into this picture, what would you smell?  Hear?  Feel on your skin?  What kind of feelings do you have about this picture?  What kind of thoughts do you have about it?  How are your feelings different from your thoughts about the picture?  Does this picture remind you of another picture or story or event in your own life?  Does the name of the picture change the story you just told me?  Get the idea?  Use picture study to draw the child into the picture and out of his own head, exploring natural consequences, rehearsing thoughts and behaviors in a variety of scenarios, training him to look for the meaning or message in a composition, to search out telling details in a situation, to orally express his thoughts, feelings, intentions and desires…  
       After doing the picture study activity, Mrs. Serl asks the children to tell and then write a story about the picture—NO!  There is not enough time in the world for that activity at this stage of a student’s skill set!  Instead, have the student tell a story about the picture, listen attentively, without promptings, and applaud his story when he is finished.  (If you don’t get the kind of story you are looking for, every other week trade places with your little one and YOU be the student telling the story, Mom, modelling what you are looking for—politely.)
       There are only 12 picture studies included in Mrs. Serl’s book, so once you’ve learned this process, this method, then use any art piece or photograph you (--your child?) would like.

Scheduling Suggestions: 2x/wk for 20min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

Primary Language Lessons

  • Author: Emma Serl
  • Publisher/Copyright: Lake Wales, FL: Lost Classics Book Company, 1996, 1911. .
  • ISBN: 0965273512        978-0965273510
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

148 pages; 164 lessons.

 

This is an English grammar text, originally written for Gr. 2 and 3.  A great favorite of Charlotte Mason fans, it covers poetry, memorization, dictation, grammar, composition, and picture studies.  We use the picture study lessons only, orally only, for oral language development, detail observation, consequential thinking, story-telling, visual processing…
 


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A
Teaching-parents: Use this week to review and familiarize yourself with the course.

 


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


WEEK 1

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #1/Lesson 1/p. 1
 
Piper and Nutcrackers: What do you see in the picture?  Where are the squirrels?  What are they doing?  What season of the year is it?  What is the bird doing?  Tell about some squirrels that you have seen.  Where did they live?  How did they prepare for winter?  What is the name of the picture?  What is the name of the artist who painted the picture from which this was copied?

 


WEEK 2

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #2/Lesson 11/p. 7
 
Wide Awake:  What do you see in the picture?  Where are the kittens?  If you had three kittens like these, what would you name them?  What is the name of this picture?  What is the artists name?  Tell a story about the kittens.

 


WEEK 3

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #3/Lesson 23/p. 17
 
Saved:  Tell what you see in the picture.  How do you suppose the child happened to fall into the water?  Where was the dog?  What did he do?  What is the name of this picture?  What is the name of the artist?  Write a story about this picture.

 


WEEK 4

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #4/Lesson 31/p. 23
 
An Interesting Family:  With what is a rabbit covered?  Describe a rabbits ears.  What kind of teeth has a rabbit?  Name two other animals that have teeth like a rabbits.  How does a rabbit sometimes injure trees?  What does a rabbit eat?  Where does a rabbit make its home?  What is the color of the rabbits that live in the fields?  Of what color are most pet rabbits?

 


WEEK 5

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #5/Lesson 38/p. 29
 
The Escaped Cow:  Tell what you see in the picture.  What time of day do you think it is?  What makes you think so?  What is the boy doing?  What kind of shoes has he?  In what country do they wear such shoes?  What is the woman doing?  What is the name of the picture?  What is the artists name?

 


WEEK 6

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #6/Lesson 53/p. 43
 
Shoeing the Horse:  What is a man who shoes horses called?  What other work does he do?  What tools does he use?  Tell what you can see in the picture.  Write a story about the picture, telling about the horse’s master, where the shoe was lost, why the donkey is in the shop, what the dog’s name is, and why he came with the horse.  Tell other things that the picture suggest.  Tell the name of another picture which this artist painted.
 

 


WEEK 7

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #7/Lesson 71/p. 63
 
Lions at Home:  How many lions can you see in the picture?  Which is the father lion?  Which is the mother lion?  What do the little ones remind you of?  What is the artists name?

 


WEEK 8

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #8/Lesson 102/p. 88
 
Two Mothers:  What do you see in the picture?  How does a mother show that she loves her baby?  Does a cow love her calf?  How does she show it?  How does a cat show her love for her kittens?  What will a mother dog do if her puppies are hurt?  What other animals have you seen that showed love for their young ones?  How does a mother bird care for her little ones?  What is the name of the picture?  Write a story about the picture.

 


WEEK 9

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #9/Lesson 111/p. 98
 
Youre No Chicken:  What do you see in the picture?  Tell what you know about frogs.  Write a conversation between the chickens and the frog.  Let the chickens ask questions and the frog reply, telling things about himself.

 


WEEK 10

Primary Language Lessons

Picture Study #10/Lesson 126/p. 111
 
Soap Bubbles:  What do you see in the picture?  What are the children doing?  Tell how to make soap bubbles.  Write a story about the picture, telling the names of the children, who the oldest girl is, how old the younger ones are, and what grade they are in at school.  Tell what time of year it is.  Add other items

WEEK 11
Primary Language Lessons
Picture Study #11/Lesson 140/p. 125
 
Feeding Her Birds:  What is the name of this picture?  Why did the artist give it this name?  How many little girls do you see?  Which one do you think has just been fed?  Whose turn will come next?  Write a story about the picture.


WEEK 12
Primary Language Lessons
Picture Study #12/Lesson 161/p. 145
 
Anxiety:  What has the little girl in her hand?  Do you think she is afraid of the dog?  What would the dog say if he could talk?  Write a story about the picture.


WEEK 13
Do one picture study this week.  Now that you’ve learned the process, use any art piece or photograph you would like.


WEEK 14
Do one picture study this week.  Now that you’ve learned the process, use any art piece or photograph you would like.


WEEK 15
Do one picture study this week.  Now that you’ve learned the process, use any art piece or photograph you would like.


WEEK 16
Do one picture study this week.  Now that you’ve learned the process, use any art piece or photograph you would like.




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