Our homeschool is what I would describe as firmly Classical with Charlotte Mason leanings.
What does that mean for the Gathering Placemats? Well, it means you will find all sorts of delightful things to grab my children’s attention and give them a heathy serving of goodness, truth, and beauty at the start of their days.
We are a Classical Conversations family. That means you will find memory work which looks familiar. I try to draw together across educational strands when I can. I like to add some history to our art study. Or some language learning to our math. I try to make each box on the placemats an opportunity for conversation with my kids.
We draw from the riches schedule from Ambleside Online for art, hymns, and other music. So, if you are following along with any of the AO years, you will find the Gathering Placemats work on the AO schedule. The riches are what make the AO curriculum sing and they are what make the Gathering Placemats POP! Those gorgeous full-color prints of famous works of art are swoon-worthy indeed.
We tend to be a rather silly and rather chatty family. We are constantly playing word games with one another and making up silly jokes. My oldest kids excitedly come up to me at least twice a week and say, “Mama, I’ve got another homophone!” Thus, the Gathering Placemats have lots of word play, lots of riddles and jokes, lots of opportunities for kids to express their own cleverness.