"SELF-EDUCATION IS THE ONLY EDUCATION." - Charlotte Mason
How Full is the Life?: Living Education and Becoming Fully Human
“The question is not,—how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education—but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” —Charlotte Mason (vol. 3, ch. XVI, p. 170-171)
Charlotte Mason advocated for “a liberal arts education for all”, an education centered on God’s man, God’s world, and God Himself. How then, does this philosophy of education form a fully human, fully caring child? This session will explore Mason’s key educational principles as well as the nature and qualities of a living, liberal arts education and how it uniquely lays a foundation for becoming fully human.
"This workshop was inspiring. Jennifer's demeanor and gentle spirit was so edifying."
"This painted the big picture. It led us into 'the why' of a [Charlotte Mason education]."
"Rich and overarching."
"I loved this! Jennifer you are a very talented lady."
CM in Community: Relationships in Life and Learning
"...community is based on life with other persons in the spirit of Christ: to support them, to empower them, and to learn from them."--Joan Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily
Charlotte Mason states that "education is the science of relations". This includes the relationships that we have with one another as parents, teachers and students. Book Study, co-op, natural history club...these are all examples of ways we can live and learn in a Charlotte Mason community. In this workshop we will discuss the purpose of being in a Charlotte Mason learning community as well as present ideas to start a community in your area. Resources will be available to support you in this endeavor.
The Message of Musicians: A Composer Study Immersion
"Hearing should tell us a great many things, but the great and perfect joy which we owe to him is Music. Many great men have put their beautiful thoughts, not into book, or pictures, or buildings, but into musical score, to be sung with the voice or played on instruments, and so full are these musical compositions of the minds of their makers, that people who care for music can always tell who has composed the music they hear, even if they have never heard the particular movement before. Thus, in a manner, the composer speaks to them, and they are perfectly happy in listening to what he has to say." (Charlotte M. Mason, Ourselves, p. 30-31)
You are invited to come in, take a seat and tune your ears during this composer study immersion. You will receive hands-on experience in how to guide your students in a music appreciation lesson as you take on the role of the student in a Charlotte Mason schoolroom. We will highlight Megan Hoyt's book, A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Music Appreciation with Charlotte Mason. Following the lesson there will time for question and answers. Resources to enhance your understanding of music appreciation will be available.
A Sense of Place: A Geography Immersion
"The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life." --Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
To have a sense of place is to have intimacy with the land and it's people past, present, and future. A sense of place requires relationship, which leads to community, and when we create relationships we care. Charlotte Mason claims that the culmination of a child's education is about how much he cares and about how many things he cares. One of the ways we discover a sense of place is through the study of geography. Join me on a journey to a part of our beautiful world during this geography immersion. You are the traveler and living books are our tour guide. Experience a hands-on geography lesson that will equip you to teach this subject using a Charlotte Mason approach.
Learning Together: A Multi-Age Classroom Immersion
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Tea with Miss Mason: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason
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February 3-5, 2017 The Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat , The Ponderosa, Larkspur, CO