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Conference Workshop Sessions

Thursday - tentative



Exotic Landscape 

1908


Allyson Adrian, PhD

Learning Languages with Miss Mason and François - Thursday

Charlotte Mason routinely taught her students 3-5 foreign languages, students receiving short lessons in each language only twice a week. How was she so successful? Not surprisingly she attributed her success to the method she used. She followed the method of François Gouin, who had also discovered the gift and power of narration and integrated it into language learning. In this workshop, we will complete several language lessons using the method and discuss some of the reasons for its effectiveness, including what modern brain research affirms about Miss Mason’s methods. The session will incorporate learning materials from Cherrydale Press’ Speaking Spanish with Miss Mason and François (or French or German) and talk about strategies  for incorporating the method into language learning at home and some of the challenges we can expect to face.



Still life with teapot and fruit

(date unknown)



LeAnn Burkholder

Morning Lessons with Students & Little Ones - Thursday

In this session, time will be allowed to individually process what your ideal is, and to pause and consider the unique personal challenges that you face. The role of teacher and child, as Mason explained it, will be explored. Come share in learning practical strategies toward a flexible rhythm of daily lessons amid babies and toddlers. LeAnn is currently facilitating elementary, middle and high school lessons with her own children and will share what she calls "small repeated solutions" which lead toward peace and joy for the teacher and students of all ages.



Notre Dame View of the Ile Saint Louis 

from the Quai Henri IV

1909


Lisa Cadora

Evaluation - Thursday

Information will be posted soon.





Vase of Flowers

(date unknown)


Liz Cotrill

Mothers Are Born Persons - Thursday

Charlotte Mason's ideas about education are life-giving for our children, yet mothers often find themselves floundering, frustrated, or fearful about any or all aspects of the wide and generous feast they are to spread. The good news is that Mason had plenty of wisdom to offer to the mother who teaches in addition to her methodology and curriculum. The feast is not for our children alone. Liz will explore what a Mason education means for the mother herself.


The Repast of the Lion

1907


Kerri Forney and Erin Daly

Notebooking - Thursday

Throughout Charlotte Mason's writings is the foundational idea that 'knowing is doing.' In Volume 6 she writes, "There is no education but self-education and only as the young student works with his own mind is anything effected." Keeping notebooks is an essential part of self-education. It is important for both the assimilation of ideas and the formation of habits. Together we will explore the ideas presented in Mason's writings, as well as the Parents' Review. We will also review the most common types of notebooks and how they are used.


Throughout Charlotte Mason's writings is the foundational idea that 'knowing is doing.' In Volume 6 she writes, "There is no education but self-education and only as the young student works with his own mind is anything effected." Keeping notebooks is an essential part of self-education. It is important for both the assimilation of ideas and the formation of habits. Together we will explore the ideas presented in Mason's writings, as well as the Parents' Review. We will also review the most common types of notebooks and how they are used.


Centennial of Independence

1892


Nancy Kelly

Getting Rid of Weeds and Fostering Flowers: The Vital Role of Habits - Thursday

This talk will examine the important and balanced emphasis of habits in a relational education.  Charlotte Mason elaborates on the role of the parent when helping our children develop the type of habits that form fine character while weeding out the habits that will do them harm. As always, her advice is based on the whole child, not just outward expressions. We will look at the types of habits in a child’s life and Mason’s wise, commonsense approach to fostering the good.



Avenue de l'Observatoire

1896 - 1898


Camille Malucci

Sloyd – The Next Steps - Thursday

For those with a basic introduction to Sloyd, we will move into the other applications of this Swedish method.  We will discuss the philosophy behind Sloyd and how it marries so well with Mason’s method.  This will give us the foundation to implement it well at both a basic and intermediate level. We will discuss Sloyd’s relationship to geometry, more advanced folding using paper as well as the use of other materials in the Sloyd method – wood and metal - and how to incorporate them into your homeschools,


Apes in the Orange Grove

(date unknown)


Art Middlekauff

Workshop #1 for Dads: A Synopsis of Charlotte Mason's Method-Thursday

This workshop is for all dads, whether or not you have had any experience with Charlotte Mason's ideas. Charlotte Mason first introduced her theory of education in a series of lectures in 1885 which were published in 1886. In the years which followed, she wrote many additional articles and books. However, over time she increasingly felt the need to distill her theory of education into a concise summary or synopsis. She completed this in 1904, and it is now commonly referred to as her "Twenty Principles." In this workshop, we will consider the meaning and significance of each of these twenty principles, thereby surveying Mason's theory of education according to the structure she herself formalized in her synopsis.



Cliffs

1897


Gladys Schaefer 

Children Who Learn Differently: Charlotte Mason and The Dyslexic Child - Thursday

One in five of us have trouble learning to read. This astounding statistic is from The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. How does Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education address this issue? Current scientific research continues to confirm the teachings of Mason.

This session complies experiences from homeschooling, private practice and classroom instruction, and gives a twenty-first century approach to reaching our students with learning differences.  Dyslexia often coexists with dysgraphia (difficulty with writing) and dyscalculia (difficulty with math) as well as ADHD. 



View of Parc de Montsouris

1894 - 1895


Camille Malucci and Amy Snell

Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life in the Home - Thursday

"Therefore, we are limited to three educational instruments--the atmosphere of environment, the discipline of habit, and the presentation of living ideas."
Charlotte gave us three tools to manage our homeschool, but it is a huge paradigm shift to say good-bye to the bribes, threats, sticker charts, and other tools that modern education give us in order to motivate our children.  How do we set the tone for our homes using only the atmosphere, discipline, and living ideas?  We will discuss the practical applications of Mason's educational instruments in the home and how the Mason model extends outside of the homeschool right into the heart of the home itself.



Bouquet of Flowers

1909


Nicole Williams

A Vast and Joyous Realm - Thursday

Charlotte Mason tells us that it is through nature study that children “lay up that store of 'common information' which...should precede science teaching.” (Mason, School Education, 1904, p. 237) Learn how her method helps transition a student seamlessly from the observational science of nature study to experimental science, and how her philosophy not only fosters a lifelong connection with the natural world in each of our students but also prepares them to be scientifically literate citizens.

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