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 universe of ideas, and assess how they engage with things and thoughts. The morning session will immerse us in a typical morning for an upper elementary level student. After we share lunch together, we will spend the afternoon discussing how to live out Mason’s ideas of a full life with our unique children. The immersion should include wide and varied subjects: from picture study, songs, music, Spanish, and handwork to history, science, literature, copywork, dictation, and recitation.
Tammy Glaser has been seeking to understand Charlotte Mason’s ideas since 1999. She continues to homeschool her eldest who has autism and a severe language disorder (but has overcome severe auditory processing challenges, major fine motor delays, sensory processing challenges, etc.). She speaks at ChildLightUSA every year, guides the Clarendon County Charlotte Mason Study group, and encourages homeschooling families through social networking online and her blog, Aut-2B-Home in Carolina. She and her husband Steve have two children, Pamela and David, and split their time in South Carolina and Kansas.
There is a limit of 25 participants for this immersion group.
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