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Final - Abstracts for the 2014 Ler

Final - Abstracts for the 2014 Ler

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Descriptions of the sessions at the 2014 LER
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SESSION ABSTRACTS
LIVING EDUCATION RETREAT
©
 July 18 & 19, 2014
PLENARY SESSIONS
 held in the Shed
How Firm a Foundation
 Dr. Jennifer Spencer During this lecture we will explore the foundational principles of a Charlotte Mason education as they compare with those of the Classical model, the Industrial model, and the Progressive model. Situating Mason within her historical, philosophical, and socio-political contexts will provide us with unique and interesting insights. Tracing common and familiar teaching practices back to their informing ideas will allow us to weigh them against Mason's foundation. This will empower us to better discern which ones fit well with a Mason education and which ones do not so that we can make more informed and confident choices in designing a living education for our children.
The Humble Plant
Nancy Kelly What postures do we take in our homes, schools, and communities? There are many lessons to be learned from
L’Umile Pianta
 (The Humble Plant), the publication by the
alumni from Charlotte Mason’s House of Education. From the title to the contents, so much
is carefully selected to reflect what Mason saw as the proper posture for those involved in educating children. In this session we will see how the lessons shared back then can help us today as we apply this philosophy and share it with others.
Learning to Read, Then and Now 
 Gladys Schaefer What do Charlotte Mason and Yale University have in common? They both understand that
some students learn differently than their peers. Merging today’s scientific and research
-based understanding of dyslexia and other specific learning differences with the century old philosophy of education that Mason proposed yields some surprising results. The
teaching that each child is a person, mirrored with today’s functional MRI scans of
individual brains, shows that Mason, once again, comprehended education in a phenomenal way.
 
 
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Getting Personal: The Theory of Personal Integration
 Dr. Jennifer Spencer "In fact, lessons on 'composition' should follow the model of that famous essay on 'Snakes in Ireland'--'There are none.'" --from Home Education, p. 247 Mason's ideas about writing instruction are, to say the least, unorthodox. It takes a tremendous amount of faith to take her at her word in this area, especially when everyone around you is saying it won't work and urging you to try this or that writing program. Many have been plagued with doubt, wondering how such a hands-off approach could possibly lead to good writers. During this presentation, we will look closely at the writing development, from age four to age twenty, of one student who learned at home under Mason's model, so that we can see the process and factors that helped him grow into a strong writer. We will also discuss the implications of that process to other areas of study.
IMMERSION SESSIONS
These sessions will engage the attendee in the actual class mentioned, each taught by an experienced Mason teacher. You will be a student and participate in these living classes, experiencing what the student in your home or school experiences. The second half will be a time for questions & answers and resource sharing. A.
 
Math/elementary classroom The Shed Jennifer Spencer B.
 
Plutarch Library Nancy Kelly C.
 
Spanish Valley View Tammy Glaser D.
 
Sloyd Dining Hall Bobby Jo Nickel E.
 
Nature Study/hike/pencils Fire Ring Cheri Struble F.
 
Reading The Shed Amy Tuttle G.
 
Dyslexia Simulation Library Gladys Schaefer H.
 
Picture Study/special needs Valley View Tammy Glaser I.
 
Geography Dining Hall Kristin Spittle J.
 
Nature Study/guided/dry brush Fire Ring Karla Taber
 
 
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WORKSHOPS
K.
 
Learning to Read: Delightful Discovery or Tearful Undertaking? Amy Tuttle The Shed
 
‘Studies serve for delight’
; this delight being not in the lessons or the personality of the teacher, but purely in their 'lo
vely books', 'glorious books.' “
This is a workshop on the process and the enjoyment of mastering letters and the sounds they represent, as well as linking words with the ideas they represent. All based on CM's own words as well as on sources from the PNEU. L.
 
First-born Affinities: Beginning a CM Education Bobby Jo Nickel and Sally Almodovar Valley View Talking to others who have gone before is an important part of a homeschool
parent’s research.
 Bobby Jo and Sally will share how they implement the ideas of Charlotte Mason in educating their young children. Our focus will be on children ages 9 and under. M.
 
Charlotte Mason and her Books Gladys Schaefer Library How do you know a person? One way is to look at the books that cover their
bookshelves. I have spent the last decade collecting early editions of Mason’s
writings as well as copies of the books that lined her shelves at the end of her life. A trip to the Armitt Museum in Ambleside, England, where I saw this group of books for the first time, led me to a deeper understanding of the person of Charlotte Mason. Come enjoy time meandering through the books that fed our mentor and give light to us today.

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