Conference Workshop Sessions
Thursday - tentative
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
Morning Lessons with Students & Little Ones - Thursday
Notre Dame View of the Ile Saint Louis
from the Quai Henri IV
Evaluation - Thursday
Information will be posted soon.
Vase of Flowers
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
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.
Centennial of Independence
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
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
Art Middlekauff and Brittney McGann
Charlotte Mason and the Educational Tradition - Thursday
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."
Bouquet of Flowers
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.