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FEEL INSPIRED: A CHARLOTTE MASON ‘LIVING’ EDUCATION SEMINAR
“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, School Education: Developing A Curriculum
Saturday, November 10th 10am -2pm
Cornerstone Church – 6930 Woodhaven Road – Roanoke, VA 24019
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00-10:15am – Who is Charlotte Mason?
10:15 to 11:00am – Immersion of math, literature, history and picture study
Dr. Smith will give a comprehensive introduction on how to apply Charlotte Mason’s ideas to the major subjects of study.
You will learn practical suggestions along with how to combine Charlotte Mason’s ideas for learning. The discussion will incorporate ideas for using picture studies throughout subject areas.
11:00 to 11:15am – Break 11:15 to 11:30am – Question and Answer about Immersion
11:30 to 12:00pm – A conversation with Nancy Kelly
Nancy is a home school mother who is well versed in Charlotte Mason and has successfully taught her children using this methodology. Both of her children received full scholarships to college because of their academic achievements using this learning style.
12:00 – to 12:30pm – What is distinctive about a Charlotte Mason Education?
Hear an overview of the distinctive characteristics of the Charlotte Mason method. You may be asking yourself “What makes it different from any other home school choice or curriculum?” This is a good question and Dr. Smith will give you the answers you want to know.
12:30 – 1:00pm – Lunch: Eat with Jennifer and Carroll and ask all the questions you want.
1:00 – 2:00pm – What is all the fuss about narration?
A key component of Charlotte Mason’s method is narration. In simple terms, narration is telling back in your own words what you just read or heard. Used as a wonderful evaluation tool, narration elicits logical thinking and assimilating on the student’s part. Learn how to apply the many ways narration can be used through speaking, writing, drawing, drama and building.
Early Registration – Must be postmarked by Friday, November 2, 2012:
COST (Includes lunch): GRHE members $10 per person and non-GRHE members $12 per person
SEND: A 3×5 card with the following information – name, address, email and phone number and check payable to GRHE to:
Jackie Sells 1899 Retreat Road Boones Mill VA 24065
Late Registration: GRHE members $13 and non-GRHE members $15 by sending an email to email@example.com
(Lunch not guaranteed for late registrations)
Dr. Carroll Smith will speak at the conference and share with us principles and practical teaching advice on incorporating the philosophies of Charlotte Mason in home education lessons. Dr. Smith was introduced to Charlotte Mason many years ago through Mason’s book “An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education”, and from there, the seeds of ideas given by Mason in her various books have slowly taken hold and grown year by year as Carroll worked as a middle school teacher, principal and college professor. He is currently an education professor at Ferrum College, founded the educational non-profit Childlight USA to promote the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason and cherishes the relationships that have grown over the years through a collective camaraderie with people interested in seeing education from a very different paradigm.
Charlotte Mason Philosophy of Education is easy to incorporate into any curriculum you are currently using. This philosophy is based on the writings of turn-of-the-century educator Charlotte Mason. She believed in respecting children as persons, in involving them in real-life situations, and in allowing them to read good books instead of what she called “twaddle”. Her approach was to teach basic reading, writing and math skills, and then expose students to the best sources of knowledge for all other subjects.
If you would like to know, more about Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy of Education investigate Carroll Smith’s nonprofit website www.ChildlightUSA.org
“Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, and a Life.” Charlotte Mason
New Homeschooler Meetings
Hollins Branch – Roanoke County Public Library
Tuesday, June 26th or Thursday, July 19th or Thursday, September 13th
This is for new and prospective homeschoolers with the purpose of helping them to get started well and stay on the right track. Information will be given on the Virginia Home Education laws, how to get started, choosing curriculum, and the advantages of home educating your children.
Sponsored by Greater Roanoke Home Educators