Month: March 2012

Nurturing a Love of History in the Home and School by Mary C. Gildersleeve

“Education is the Science of Relations”; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of– “Those first-born affinities that fit our new existence to existing things.” from the preface of Charlotte Mason’s Towards a Philosophy of Education [emphasis added] I’ve always loved history.  I’ve always loved reading historical fiction of all different periods.  I’ve always been fascinated by the history in whatever area I am currently living.  Even when I was younger, say upper-elementary age, I would browse the 970s in the public library, pulling books that looked interesting, fun or provocative to take home and read.  I immersed myself in historical fiction and non-fiction of many eras and especially reveled in understanding the who and why of things.  I didn’t love history class.  …

Immersion Group for Special Needs Children by Tammy Glaser

Charlotte Mason Education Conference 6, 7, 8 and 9 June 2012 A Typical School Day for a Special Needs Upper Elementary School Child by Tammy Glaser “Our part is to remove obstructions and to give stimulus and guidance to the child who is trying to get into touch with the universe of things and thoughts which belongs to him.”         ~ Charlotte Mason, School Education Families often ask me if Mason’s ideas can help their special needs children connect to the universe of things and thoughts. Can a child with a severe language disorder manage living books and narration? Can a child who struggles to form relationships with people form their own connections? Is it possible for those with short attention spans to handle wide and varied curricula? The answer is “Yes!” to all of the above. The Special Needs Immersion helps participants reevaluate today’s culture of therapy through Mason’s principles. We aim to remove obstacles that hinder children with different challenges, make sure they are mentally available then guide them to the …

Immersion Group for Multiple Ages by Nancy Kelly

Charlotte Mason Education Conference 6, 7, 8, and 9 June 2012 Multi-age Homeschool Immersion Group by Nancy Kelly Have you ever wanted to see exactly how Mason is implemented in a family with children of multiples ages?  This pre conference workshop is full of excellent practical and inspirational ideas.  Register soon to see one of the most knowledgeable Mason scholars and practitioners in action.  She will help you learn how to manage the daily schedule, teach a variety of subjects, and other important aspects of teaching in a Mason educational setting.  There is a limit of 25. Nancy Kelly The Multi-age Homeschool Immersion Group “For it is much easier to work a class of twenty, all doing the same thing, than a school of five children in three different classes.” – Charlotte Mason, Parents’ Review For those of us that are blessed with the challenge of teaching a wide age range of children, Mason feels your pain!  She also knew it was possible and often times quite necessary.  Occasionally we find examples where two or …

Living Ideas in Living Books: Choosing Worthy Books for Home and School Libraries by Jeannette Tulis

This is the working title for our upcoming workshop for this summer’s ChildlightUSA Conference, June 6-9. Choosing books with living ideas is a daunting task but one that Charlotte Mason identified as a key principle. Children are to be nourished with ideas and many of these ideas come from the books read aloud to them and from which they read. It is the task of the mother and the teacher to be sure these books are readily available and a part of the child’s life. If we had a week, the four of us could easily fill it talking about all of our favorite books in every subject. Alas, we have only an hour or two at most during which time our aim is to equip you with inspiration from Charlotte as well as practical tools to help you and your students list, locate and love these literary treasures. What happens to a child when inspired by a living book? “The ideas it holds must each make that sudden, delightful impact upon their minds, must …