Pre-Conference Immersion Sessions
Designed to provide adults with a more intimate experience and in-depth discussion about targeted topics or venues, Pre-conference Immersion Sessions are offered on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm for a registration fee of $85.95 each. Because these sessions are limited to 25 attendees, they sell out quickly. The cost for each attending adult covers registration but not lunch. An attendee may bring their own lunch, may select a 4 day meal ticket option if staying for the rest of the conference (see below), or may eat off campus. There is no individual pay-at-the-door option this year for a Wednesday-only lunch.
The immersion sessions are intended for adults and only babes-in-arms may accompany parents. If the infant begins to cry, we ask parents to please leave until the child is quiet so that others' learning is not hindered.
The Warped Table - 1940
Miss Mason’s Music Immersion
For years we have all been doing composer study, folk songs, and hymns with our children, and what a delight they are! But have you heard of musical drill or Sol-fa? Come and engage in a full morning of musical parent/teacher training where you will have an opportunity to learn and practice many of the musical skills taught in the P.N.E.U. schools! We’ll sing through several sol-fa (ear training) lessons, do a folk dance, practice musical games and drill, think about instrumental music in a Mason paradigm, and experience some new ideas to apply to composer study. We will also learn the principles undergirding these practices as we talk through the scope and sequence for each of the six forms of music education.
Heidi has been researching the P.N.E.U. Programmes and Parents’ Review for the past 18 months and has found that the breadth and depth of a CM music education was much more expansive than she expected! P.N.E.U. students were studying ear training, sight reading, dance, rhythmic movement, piano, music appreciation, music theory and history and more. This kind of thorough treatment of the subject of music would have led not only to a solid appreciation of music but also to music literacy. Heidi believes students with this sort of skill and music literacy would have been very servicible to God, the church, and others. Masons says in Volume 5, Formation of Character, “The pursuits we have indicated are all, more or less, with a view to self-culture; but they will become both more profitable and more pleasant if they can be proposed to the girl as labours of love and service. Household duties and needlework will, of course, be helpful in the home; but all her occupations, and especially her music, even her walks and reading, can be laid under contribution for the family good, or for that of her neighbours, rich or poor.” May we raise up children with a heart towards “labours of love and service”!
West Chester Court House
High School Immersion
Are you wondering what a Charlotte Mason high school schedule could look like? Do you know what Charlotte had the students doing and reading in the upper years? Would you like some encouragement for staying the course and continuing to apply Mason’s principles and methods for your teenaged students? Come to the pre-conference immersion session on High School led by Kerri Forney, a homeschooling mother of five, and her daughters Kathryn, a 2015 graduate, and Kristen, a rising junior, and join them as they walk you through many aspects of a CM high school schedule. The day will include demonstration, discussion, and immersion with plenty of time for questions. The goal of the time together is to spread a feast of ideas and tools to encourage and inspire you along the CM high school road.
Keeping the Fresh Impulse of Learning : Multi-Age Homeschool Immersion
Nancy will demonstrate a morning in a multi-age homeschool using Mason’s methods. Despite the large age range in many homeschools, adherence to the principles and practices in every area can make this rich education possible. The focus will be on subjects that can successfully be combined with multiple ages. Subject areas that may be presented include Bible, dictation, citizenship, Shakespeare, history, geography, hymn, folksong, poetry, copywork, composer study, picture study, handcrafts, nature study, literature, and natural history – all subjects that Nancy has years of experience teaching to all ages at the same time. Attendees assume the role of the student, experiencing the different forms of narration and the banquet of ideas which will bring a deeper understanding to the method.
Keeping Time: History and History Charts Immersion
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.
During this immersion session we will explore how history was studied throughout the forms as the class participates in lessons at each level, 1st-12th grades. Together we will discover and produce the history tools children can be implementing at each level as they learn chronology. This hands-on experience will enable parents and teachers to have a clear view of the unfolding progression these tools provide in helping us deepen our understanding of the great men and events of the past and our relation and connection to them.
Nature Study Immersion
From the earliest of years, Charlotte Mason recommended many hours out of doors. Join Marcia Mattern, mother of six children, in getting out into nature. Learn how to make nature time a habit that can continue through one's whole life. We will discover simple ways to grow and to help our children grow in the habits of seeing and observing God’s great outdoors. We will also compare Charlotte's recommendations to the current research studies about the importance of outdoor life.
Bring a nature notebook and sketching/brush drawing supplies. Dress for the weather as we will be outside most of the morning. Afternoon learning will focus on habits of keeping a nature notebook, beginning to brush draw, making scaffolding for nature studies and starting your own Natural History Club.
Two Pink Roses-1940
Rightstart Mathematics Immersion
Are you currently using RightStart Math? Are thinking about using RightStart Math or want to know more about this program? Do you wonder how RightStart aligns with Charlotte Mason’s philosophy? This all-day event will explore and interact with this amazing curriculum.Charlotte Mason says, “The chief value of arithmetic, like that of the higher mathematics, lies in the training it affords to the reasoning powers, and in the habits of insight, readiness, accuracy, intellectual truthfulness it engenders.” So let’s start at the beginning with your young children and explore number sense. Experience what adding looks like if you don’t have number sense in place. Learn how to use the AL Abacus, a visual and tactile manipulative that encompasses Charlotte Mason’s beads and button activities. Introduce the concrete before the abstract. Play a variety of games that provide an application for the math facts. Feel confident with fractions and find the joy, wonder, and awe in math.
"We are so made that truth, absolute and certain truth, is a perfect joy to us; and that is the joy that mathematics afford.” Come spend the day understanding, applying, and enjoying mathematics!
The Woman Taken In Adultery-1941
Executive Functioning Immersion
“The man who can make himself do what he wills has the world before him, and it rests on parents to give their children this self-compelling power as a mere matter of habit” (School Education, emphasis mine). Self-governance, a hallmark of a Mason education, can be sabotaged by poor habits for people like Inconstant Kitty whom Mason describes in Formation of Character as “wayward,” “unsteady as a young colt,” “neither steady in play nor steadfast in love” who grow up to be “ready to undertake anything but they carry nothing through.”
In this in-depth seminar we will examine Mason’s advice for Inconstant Kitty and see how the ADD/ADHD research on executive function (EF) in the past several decades complements and supplements this advice. EF skills are the cognitive processes that help one prioritize, plan, organize, self regulate, start and finish tasks. While many children develop these in the normal course of things, others have conditions that bring innate deficits in the areas of working memory, organization, sustained attention, time management and impulse control. These deficits can undermine habit formation in many areas of life and learning, but happily specific strategies can help. We will discuss such strategies through topics such as labels, excuses and responsibilities; ADD vs pseudo ADD; types of ADHD; moral and physiological lens; pain and shame; living with thorns; EF developmentally; EF deficits in students and adults; CM & Inconstant Kitty; medication pros and cons; EF strategies to help kids and adults manage time, space and stuff; how CM ed supports those with EF deficits; how EF deficits may affect parts of CM education (narration, nature study, math, etc.). Participants will assess a child or adult they know, will generate strategies specific to that person, and leave with dozens of practical strategies to put into practice the next day. Since EF deficits can wreak havoc in children and adults alike, this seminar will be applicable to adults wanting to address these issues with their kids or themselves. A questionnaire will be sent out and needs returning beforehand.
Victorian Parlor - 1945
Dr. Jennifer Spencer
CMI's Alveary Curriculum Immersion
Join Dr. Jen Spencer, CMI's Alveary Curriculum Project Manager, as she walks you through the rhythm of morning lessons and afternoon occupations for a day. Get a peek into the 2018-19 curriculum and get ideas for how you can combine your children during some lessons and teach them individually for others. Subjects to include history, geography, literature, handicrafts, drawing, music, and more. Attendees should dress for freedom of movement and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Elementary through High School Science Immersion
Charlotte Mason’s goal for school science was to instill a sense of wonder and awe in every student and to provide them with the common information that allows for scientific literacy. This is a lofty goal, because, being scientifically literate means more than preparing a student for college entrance exams and possible university courses to follow, but also equipping them to be a citizen who can think about, discuss, and vote on the scientific issues of the day.
Many parents recognize these as important goals, but they do not know where to begin. After all, Miss. Mason’s approach to science education is not at all similar to what many of us experienced during our school days.
Join me as we explore how each aspect of a Charlotte Mason science curriculum fits together to inspire our children, not only to wonder and admire creation and its laws, but also to become scientifically literate citizens, prepared for graduation, college entrance exams, and possible university courses to follow.