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WORKSHOP A CHOICES (9:30-10:45)
LESSON PLANNING IN A LIVING EDUCATION
It's one thing to choose the subjects and find the books, plan a schedule and gather the children, but then what is the teacher expected to do to bring out the most in the day to day lessons? Is reading and narration really all there is? There are practical principles and specific tips for getting through the lessons with delight and enthusiasm rather than with a haphazard or unprepared approach. This workshop will address the general guidelines as well as many specifics for facing your school day with intention rather than uncertainty.
SPECIAL STUDIES AND OBJECT LESSONS
Charlotte Mason said that it is through nature study that children “lay up that store of 'common information' which...should precede science teaching.” But how do you know that your students are gathering the information they need? In this workshop, you will learn how special studies and object lessons enhance your student's science education through a deliberate study of nature. You will learn how to prepare for them and how to implement them during your morning school time and afternoon nature walks.
HELP KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH READING
In a world that pretends images are the chief human language, it can be difficult to get kids reading. However, once we grasp a vision of the power of reading language, new spheres of impact are opened. Here are ideas for getting both parents and kids "on the same page" (pun intended), actually reading!
HARNESSING THE LIFELONG BENEFITS OF NATURE IMMERSION IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL
Just on the other side of the front door God gave us a place where our kids can thrive in every facet of development. Learn how a childhood filled with nature immersion sets kids up for lifelong success.
WORKSHOP B CHOICES (11-12:15)
RECITATION: THE CHILDREN'S ART
Charlotte Mason said, “There is hardly any 'subject’so educative and so elevating as that which Mr. Burrell has happily described as "The Children's Art.” In this session, you will learn what recitation is, why it is so valuable, and how it differs from memorization. We will then explore its practice from the first reading lessons through adulthood.
KEEPING TIME: HISTORY AND HISTORY CHARTS
We have all heard of The Book of Centuries, but some of the other time-tools Mason and the PNEU used are more unfamiliar. The use of charts and notebooks in the PNEU supported a child's deepening relationship with history and helped him develop his understanding of chronology, the conception of time, through a carefully graduated progression of time-tools. Our students today can greatly benefit from this thorough method of studying time that includes personal time-lines, Streams of History charts, the Book of Centuries, and Miss Beale's History Charts.
TRUTH QUEST HISTORY
We long to immerse our kids int he deepest spiritual ideals as shown in the probing study of history and to prepare them for the most future impact on society. You're right that "history class" is a prime opportunity for both, and those are the very purposes for TruthQuest History (TQH). Because TQH is a different way of learning than what we experienced in our own school careers, however, it can seem foreign to begin this very Charlotte Mason-oriented approach. In this session, the author of TruthQuest History will share how to actually harness the aid of TQH for a deeply literature-based, relational, spiritually focused discovery of history and it's highest lessons.
THE POWER OF A NARRATED EDUCATION
Narration is crucial in a Charlotte Mason method of education. "If we have eyes to see and grace to build, (narration) is the ground-plan of his education," said Charlotte Mason. The simplest learning tool is one our children are born with, naturally gifted at, and which teachers can make use of to make learning both a joy and a permanent possession. This "art" is not optional, but essential. Still, is simply telling after reading enough? Liz will explain the purpose, the pitfalls, and the problems with narration; give practical how-to options; and, renew your trust in the power this practice has to thoroughly educate any student.
WORKSHOP C CHOICES (2:45-3:45)
Charlotte Mason tells us that geography should be learned chiefly through maps. In this workshop we will work through the use of maps in a Charlotte Mason education, from early maps and plans of our own home to studying the maps of far-off lands. We will have a chance to practice making maps of our own and answering the type of map questions Miss Mason insisted upon before each geography lesson.
OURSELVES, PERSONAL INSIGHTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
From form III through V, Miss Mason's fourth volume was used in the curriculum for the student to understand himself and his purpose in life. This workshop will discuss the broad scope and purpose of this book as well as the progressive stages the child covers in its pages to learn about himself as a person, the sacredness of his own personality, and how he or she as a unique soul may grow up in confidence and faith from childhood to adulthood. The outline of the entire book and its implementation in school lessons will be presented.
Handcrafts are calming for both children and adults. They help with concentration and strengthen fine motor skills. Come learn a variety of different handcrafts suitable for children. Create and take a finger knitting chain home with you!
FEAR NOT! HIGH SCHOOL IS THE HIGH POINT!
Please do not let any intimidation discourage you from continuing home-education through the high school years. Rather, the work you've done before builds to these crowning years, when deepest depths and most personal preparation are finally enjoyed with your mature child. Michelle (who has had three of her grads in college) will share how to revel in (and harness) the ultimate opportunity to help them become ready to reach and thrive in the adult world, and to show college admissions offices (should you pursue that route) who your son or daughter really is, in all their fullness!