CM-ing the Progym: An Upcoming Series

January 27, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

I‘m starting to write a series of posts on my use of the progymnasmata with my oldest child. My younger children are not yet doing simple written narrations, so though I plan to use what I’ve learned with them, it’ll still be a while before I begin to implement that.

While I’m working on it, I know a few of you have been asking about this, so now is your chance to leave your questions in the comments, and I’ll try and incorporate the answers into the series.

For now, if you are interested in this topic, you can read what I have already written on the progym.

I also suggest reading Karen Glass’ post on narration and how it develops and matures throughout a CM education.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that using the progym in this way is much more the same as what we have been doing than it is different, and it isn’t really about “teaching composition,” as some writing curricula intend to do. I see it more as an opportunity to expand the definition of written narration, if that makes sense. And that in a way that affords delight.

Let me repeat that what is called ‘composition’ is an inevitable consequence of this free yet exact use of books and requires no special attention until the pupil is old enough to take naturally a critical interest in the use of words.

–Charlotte Mason {Vol. 6, p. 274}

Here is the series index, which I’ll be updating as new posts are published:

CM-ing the Progym: Classical Writing in CM Style

Introduction and Index ← you are here
Readiness is Key
Do I Need to Buy Curriculum?
Teaching the Fable Stage
Fable Stage Examples
Teaching the Narrative Stage
Using the Variations in Daily Lessons
Examples of Daily Student Work
The Series {Apparently} Continues

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10 Comments

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  • Reply Jennifer February 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you for writing a series on this topic, Brandy! I’m really looking forward to reading it!

  • Reply Amy February 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks Brandy. I was wondering because I snagged a copy on Composition in the Classical Tradition, which covers all the stages of the Progym. So I can (in theory) do any of the stages. (It’s the one people always say good teaching, horrid examples.)

  • Reply Amy February 6, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Brandy, do you plan to go further than the first two stages? I know at one point your eventual goal was the Lost Tools of Writing.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 6, 2014 at 5:19 am

      One of the things on my to-do list is to finally have a conversation with Cindy from Ordo Amoris about whether this is enough to get us to LToW. I *think* it is, but I’m unsure. I’ll definitely share what I decide! I’m sorry I haven’t decided yet. 🙁

  • Reply Brandy Vencel January 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I’m excited that you are excited. Isn’t that exciting? 🙂

    • Reply Dawn January 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      It is indeed, Brandy. We are very excite-able people, it seems:)

  • Reply Dawn January 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, yay! I am very much looking forward to this series, Brandy, and so very grateful that you are years ahead of me on this journey – and so wonderful at inspiring me to higher things via your blog posts:).

  • Reply Lisa A January 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Glad to see that you’re writing this! I’ve always been intrigued by the progym, but my kids aren’t old enough for me to seriously look at it yet. looking forward to hearing what you have to say. 🙂

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