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. ~ Charlotte Mason (Towards a Philosophy of Education, 158)
is a home education advocate and Charlotte Mason enthusiast. She enjoys sharing the beauty and breadth of ideas in a Charlotte Mason education with others through speaking, mentoring, and supporting home educators. Kelli has extensive experience implementing and supporting Ambleside Online & House of Education Online curriculum as well as advising and personal consulting for a Charlotte Mason educational approach. She also initiated and facilitates a local area Charlotte Mason Study group. She and her husband, Randall, have been homeschooling for 13 years and have served on their regional Home Education Association board. They have three lovely children: a junior and a freshman in university, and a high school senior. Kelli likes traveling, being outside, learning new things, reading good books, and sharing ideas about education, motherhood and Christian living through her blog www.gracefulthought.blogspot.com.
An Overview: The Charlotte Mason Approach Classic Literature, Living Books, the Wonder of Natural Sciences, the Pageantry of History, a Wide and Varied Curriculum, advanced upper years studies, Captain Ideas… an approach for ALL ages. Are you using a CM approach? Want to learn & implement more CM style studies? Is Charlotte Mason new to you?... What is a living book? What is the Science of Relations? How do I fit in ‘extras’? What is Narration? What is important to include in the first years? Is this style only for younger children or can I keep using this approach in high school? In this session, we will discuss these questions and introduce some terms and ideas to give you a foundational understanding as you learn about the Charlotte Mason approach.
A Philosophy: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of a Charlotte Mason Education What we believe about life, our philosophy of life, determines our actions and values; what we believe about education, our philosophy of education, determines our approach in schooling our children. In this session, we will consider the basis of an educational philosophy and some specific practices of a Charlotte Mason Education.
A Multi-age Immersion Study: Students of a Charlotte Mason School in the Elementary Years During this session, you are the student. We will discover how a Charlotte Mason day might look for younger and older elementary students. This is a hands on “how-to” class that will not only enable you to see from your student’s perspective, but also help you to formulate a plan that is rich and rigorous, yet broad in approach so you still “get in all the extras”.
An Expansive Education: Charlotte Mason in the High School Years In this session, we will discuss how a Charlotte Mason Education looks in the upper years. What is different and what is the same? Don’t be distracted or allow your children’s schooling to be sidetracked by all the hype about high school. What about getting into college, testing, and those dreaded transcripts? We don’t have to approach this new season of learning with anxiety! Continuing a Charlotte Mason approach – or implementing it now, is moving forward quite naturally. As your student grows in maturity, an expansive education in the high school years produces a self-motivated learner. As Christian home educators, a Christian worldview frames the application of knowledge as we seek to train our children to use their mind and to live for the glory of God. This discussion will be geared toward the group with a Q&A focus.
A Conversation: An informal Q&A and follow-up In this session, we will consider together the philosophy and practices involved in a Charlotte Mason Education. It will be a casual Question & Answer format for follow up from any of the previous sessions as well as any other Charlotte Mason related topics. Questions may be submitted ahead of time or during our open conversation.
Great Literature and Living Books: Breathing New Life and Interest Into Any Curriculum Are textbooks stuffing your student with ‘important fact’ sidebars and information clips? OR are the books he reads capturing his interest and giving him important thoughts to think? Does your student sometimes have trouble answering the pre-assigned comprehension questions? OR does he see the bigger picture and gain a knowledge that he will build upon as he learns? In this session, we will practice meaningful methods and discuss practical ways to improve your curriculum by incorporating literature and living books that give your child ‘captain ideas’ and encourage life-long learning.
Joy in Learning: the pageant of History How do you help your students learn from history studies? What is better than a comprehensive textbook? Let’s talk about stuff your students will actually remember and why. We’ll explore how history is foundational in a full education. “It is a great thing to possess a pageant of history in the background of one’s thoughts… The present becomes enriched for us with the wealth of all that has gone before.” (CM, vol. 6, pg. 137) How can you show your student the excitement of heroic deeds – especially if you don’t see it yourself? We will discuss some practical ways to integrate, and enjoy, history in your schooling plan for all levels.
Joy in Learning: natural Language Arts How do you help your students learn from Language Arts? We will discuss a common sense Language Arts progression from beginning to mastery. Is it really about identifying parts of speech and filling out workbooks every year, or writing book reviews and finishing prompt questions about silly topics? Language Arts can be accomplished without the drudgery and much more naturally! What are the steps? How do you know it’s working? We will talk about the “how to”, practice a little, and experience how it works. We will discuss some possible resources and look at our expectations and application for all levels.
Joy in Learning: a progressive approach in the Sciences Do you want to turn out a little scientist or a student who loves science – not necessarily the same thing! Quantum Physics degree NOT required. How can your student gain knowledge of the world around them by memorizing terms & answering comprehension questions – they need to be discovering and observing and learning from real books… learning science & rejoicing in the Creator.
Joy in Learning: beauty in the Arts A Charlotte Mason Fine Arts Study – Bringing Beauty into the everyday life of your home. We will devote our session on how to introduce (and enjoy) the beauty of art, music, & nature to your children and yourself. Cultivating an appreciation for beauty and glimpsing the glory of God.
Joy without Worksheets and Peace without Lamination: Charlotte Mason Education for the Overwhelmed Homeschooler. Are you tired of trudging through the long, boring school days? This session is for burned-out Mammas who need a less stressful school day. Your days can be joyful and interesting! Maybe you are just ready for a change and want to try a Charlotte Mason Education but don’t know where to start. Let’s discuss some Basic Methods used in a Charlotte Mason Educational Approach to simplify your home school. We will give you a good “How-to” plan and some general principles and methods to apply Right Now. There are practical things you can do without waiting till you have it all figured out. We will talk about and practice a few methods with Language Arts, Fine Arts, Social Studies, and Science that you can begin next week without a huge expense, tons of planning, or weeks of researching. You can see some results of how as you begin to understand the whys, all in a more peaceful atmosphere.
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Most sessions listed are 1-1! hours. Immersion sessions are 2! - 3 hours. I also give shorter ‘Roundtable Discussions’ & ‘Brown Bag’ talks: 45 minutes-1 hour discussion based Q &As on CM 101 and just about any CM topic you would like. If you have a particular topic in mind, let me know and we can discuss the options!
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