As a Mason educator for over 20 years, I take seriously Charlotte Mason’s exhortation to “keep the fresh impulse of training” alive and not to get stuck in a groove due to my years of experience. I do this in 2 ways: first, by reading and rereading her volumes and second, by attending and speaking at conferences. And it’s why I think immersion groups can be such a wonderful, life-giving experience for the Mason educator. Therefore, I am committed to these training sessions and encourage those who have never attended one to consider it. Don’t just read about it – experience it!
I will demonstrate a morning in a multi-age homeschool using Mason’s methods at the upcoming CMI East conference. The focus will be on subjects that can be successfully combined with multiple ages, an organizing strategy that has allowed me to keep grace and peace in my home when planning school for my six children. Attendees assume the role of the student, experiencing firsthand the different forms of narration, the banquet of ideas, and the concept of self education. Subject areas that may be presented include Bible, dictation, citizenship, Shakespeare, history, geography, hymn, folksong, poetry, copywork, composer study, picture study, handcrafts, nature study, literature, architecture, and natural history.
Whether you are new to the method and are eager to experience training or, like me, you have some experience but always consider yourself under training and learning new things, I think you will find an immersion group a fresh and exciting experience that will help you be a better parent and teacher.
Nancy’s Multi-age Homeschool Immersion will be at this year’s Charlotte Mason Institute Conference. You can register here.
Nancy blogs about CM, homeschooling, and life at her blog, Sage Parnassus.