All posts filed under: Mason Charter Schools

Gillingham, Granting Children Access by Christie Werkheiser

This morning when I awoke, the sky was a mist of gentle gloriousness; a peachy haze with edges of fiery lavender that barely concealed the sun.  It burned with a refreshingly, cool intensity and rested on the mountains in the distance, softly anointing the trees at the horizon…another way of expressing this idea would simply be…it was a lovely sunrise today.  What a disservice this would be to the extravagant beauty presented to me. One of the aspects of Relational Education that I have come to appreciate the most is the idea of close observation.  In my mind this concept defines the difference between “wolfing down” a scrumptious dessert and savoring every bite. Noted in An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education, “There is a series of small triumphs to be observed any day of the week, and these same triumphs are brought about by dramatic display, so ingenious, pleasing, fascinating….” Charlotte Mason. As one of the Administrators of Gillingham Charter School, my role includes much of the first contact with perspective parents and students.  Reasons …

Meeting Mason: Baptism into Relational Education, Part 2 by Kara M. Stalter

My dream was to be a mission-minded, crime-fighting, lollipop-giving explorer, rescuing children and adults from the depths of poverty and despair while being a mother to twelve.  Well, actually that was just one of my many complex aspirations as a young homeschooled child through sixth grade.  As I devoured living books, I became the characters, often-times acting out the stories while I picked up my toys or cleaned my bedroom.  Quite honestly, my vivid imagination still inspires me as a young adult to pretend, while cleaning the house, that I am a lowly servant of Princess Jobynah, preparing her quarters for her return home after being rescued from the venomous, insidious Elliad (Carolyn Ann Aish’s three-book series Treasures, Castles, Kingdoms).  It works like a charm; the room is clear of clutter in no time. I am thankful for this homeschool foundation in my life to fall back onto as a new teacher.  Nearing one year ago come August 25, I met Charlotte Mason at Gillingham Charter School and am grateful to have been baptized into …

Mason for All: Gillingham Charter Reviewed by HollyAnne Dobbins

  “Charlotte firmly believed that her liberal education ideas were applicable to all children regardless of class, status, or ability, and she put her ideas into practice, as she always did.” ~John Thorley, Foreword to School Education   After my wonderful trip to England last summer, I have found myself even more attached to the ideas and spirit of Charlotte Mason’s work in education. Thus, when Dr. Nola Stephens, Professor of English and Linguistics at Covenant College, announced to our Advanced Composition class this fall that we would be selecting our own topics for a semester-long research project, I immediately began investigating ways to incorporate Charlotte’s work into my own. With guidance from Dr. Beckman, I decided to research the methods and success of two charter schools: The Classical Academy and Gillingham Charter School. The Classical Academy is a large, established, and successful charter school in Colorado that utilizes some of Mason’s methods such as nature, picture, and composer studies. Gillingham, on the other hand, is located in Pennsylvania and is a small, new school …

A Mom Says, “Thank You” by Nicolle Hutchinson

When I say that “we couldn’t have done it without ya,” I truly mean that our public school would not have opened and made it through this year successfully without the support of the CLUSA Mason community. You have inquired about us. You have encouraged us.  You have sent articles to us. You have trained us. You have visited us. You have brainstormed solutions for us. You have even written a curriculum that we love to follow! I send out a big THANK YOU for making Gillingham what we are. My “thanks” is not enough, though. Please keep reading to hear the “thanks” you deserve from the people of Gillingham: When asked how he liked working at Gillingham, our music teacher, paused and then said, “I’d live in a cardboard box if I had to in order to teach at this school.” Why? While in college, Mr. K as the students refer to him, was looking for something different. He didn’t like what he saw in the schools as a student teacher or as a …