Hear the author talk
This school year, I started taking my daughter to hear authors talk about their books and craft. To me, attending the lectures fits the Charlotte Mason style of learning because the authors are truly passionate about their subject matter and about the art of writing. The conversations at the events are not long, dry textbooky talks, but engaging and informative - and oftentimes funny and always short. Plus, I like spending an evening away from home with my daughter.
After this particular lecture, she and I talked about what we liked and didn't like about the event, narrating to each other on the crowded subway car.
Our narrations veered off on tangents, and we compared what the author said about writing to other art forms, we compared what she said about characters to characters in books we recently read, we talked about how the act of writing helps you formulate your ideas, and we talked about how the chairs in the lecture hall were uncomfortable.
Photo: Bryant Park kiddie chairs and carousel