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 …