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    A Charlotte Mason Examination (Year 3, Term 1)

    November 9, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    This term, we are doing three days of exams. On Thursday and Friday, I plan to either give kitchen lessons (cooking and/or baking) or do a field trip. It sort of depends on the weather, and it sort of depends upon me getting together a plan. I have been so preoccupied with writing the examination and term report (which replaces grading–I don’t do grading), that I haven’t thought past Wednesday.

    This time around, I’m going to post the three written examinations, and then end with the oral examination. The oral examination is given in the evening with the grandparents. Each adult (four including my husband and myself) has a set of questions in their hand, and we take turn asking them. I have no idea how we will do this when we have more than one child needing to be examined, but it works for us for now.

    In addition to the exams, E. will still work on two pages of math per day and continue with his articles for his various binders and his Bible reading. I think we will skip the written narrations because it would be too much writing for one day. He can pick that back up next week.

    Monday Written Examination


    1. What was John the Baptist like?


    1. Pick one of the virtues we studied. Write a story in which a person displays that virtue.


    1. Form the cursive letters a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, and k from memory.
    Tuesday Written Examination


    1. Write a fable.


    1. Tell about Queen Mary I of England and her sister Elizabeth.


    1. Form the cursive letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K from memory.
    Wednesday Written Examination


    1. Write a tall tale.


    1. Describe the life of John Adams up until the time he became the American Ambassador to France.
    Oral Examination


    1. Tell about the baptism of Jesus.
    2. Tell us everything you know about Jacob’s son Joseph.

    Children’s Catechism Memory Work

    1. Who made you?
    2. What else did God make?
    3. Why did God make you and all things ?
    4. How can you glorify God?
    5. Why ought you to glorify God?
    6. Are there more gods than one?
    7. In how many persons does this one God exist?
    8. What are they?
    9. What is God?
    10. Where is God?
    11. Can you see God?
    12. Does God know all things?
    13. Can God do all things?
    14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God?
    15. Who wrote the Bible?
    16. Who were our first parents?
    17. Of what were our first parents made?
    18. What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies?
    19. Have you a soul as well as a body?
    20. How do you know that you have a soul?
    21. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve?
    22. What is a covenant?
    23. What covenant did God make with Adam?
    24. What was Adam bound to do by the covenant of works?
    25. What did God promise in the covenant of works?
    26. What did God threaten in the covenant of works?
    27. Did Adam keep the covenant of works?
    28. What is Sin?
    29. What is meant by want of conformity?
    30. What is meant by transgression?
    31. What was the sin of our first parents?
    32. Who tempted them to this sin?
    33. What befell our first parents when they had sinned?
    34. Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of works?
    35. What effect had the sin of Adam on all mankind?
    36. What is that sinful nature which we inherit from Adam called?
    37. What does every sin deserve?
    38. Can anyone go to heaven with this sinful nature?


    1. Recite Bed in Summer
    2. Recite of Children
    3. Recite Psalm 23

    Virtue Scriptures

    1. Recite your faith verse.
    2. Recite your hope verse.
    3. Recite your love verse.
    4. Recite your justice verse.
    5. Recite your fortitude verse.
    6. Recite your temprance verse.
    7. Recite your prudence verse.

    Art Study

    1. Describe your favorite painting or drawing by Albrecht Dürer.


    1. Using the globe, tell us everything you know about the travels of Marco Polo.

    General Science

    1. Describe the most interesting invention you studied this term—tell us who invented it, how it works, and everything you know about it.
    2. Where do pearls come from? Describe how they are made.


    1. Tell us the story of the Merchant of Venice.


    1. Tell us everything you know about Perseus.
    2. Tell us everything you know about Leonardo Da Vinci.
    3. How many wives did King Henry VIII have? Tell us everything you remember about them.
    4. What happened to Sir Humphrey Gilbert? Tell us the story of his adventures.


    1. Sing Praise Ye the Lord
    2. Sing Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us

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  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Rebecca, I had to look at my records because this was a year ago. 🙂 He did well in some areas, and had no recall in others. Because of certain struggles on the first two terms of Year 3, I changed a lot of what I was doing {in subtle ways–I think I became *more* CM rather than less}. If you want more information on that, or if I don’t make sense, here are a couple links:

    Examinations: What’s the Point?
    Examinations: Reflections, and Two Sample Answers

    I really should post a couple sample answers from this year because the improvement over time is striking…and encouraging! 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Miller January 14, 2012 at 12:18 am

    How did E do on the exam?

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts November 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    E. is almost 8-and-a-half. As a disclaimer I need to say that he is the sort of child who began reading at age 3. I don’t know if my other children will be capable of this at the same age because they are still quite young. With that said, and I mentioned this in today’s post, last year I required a written narration even though I knew he couldn’t really write. What I learned was that after just a couple days of writing, his ability improved dramatically.

    This year, then, I required one of his narrations to be written. I described this in my post Organic Grammar. What I described as my plan is pretty much what we’ve done. His writing has improved immensely in just 11 weeks of written narrations.

    However, this is your first year doing AO. Is it also your first year with Charlotte Mason in general? If so, your child will need to master narration first. It is easier for most children to do it orally than to write it, so getting the gist of it aloud is the necessary prerequisite.

    If you want to incorporate daily writing, but your child isn’t ready for written narration, you might try Karen Andreola’s Story Starters.

    Tomorrow, I’ll post a couple examples of his work. It is by no means perfect! Far from it! But it is encouraging to me because I know that at this time last year, he couldn’t write at all. 🙂

  • Reply Melissa November 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    How old is your year 3 student? i can’t imagine my 10 year old coming up with the writing that you are asking yours to do. This is our first year of AO…Should I be concerned?

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