In the Summer of 2007, I traveled to beautiful Boiling Springs, North Carolina, to attend a Charlotte Mason conference. Charlotte Mason was a 19th century educator who encouraged a style of teaching that includes composer study, learning multiple languages, reading living books ("classics," we often call them), learning from art, and spending plenty of time in nature study.
At the conference, a weekend event, I had the pleasure of listening to several speakers. The speakers came from all over the US, England and Canada. Some were school principals, some teachers, and some homeschoolers.
I'm happy to let you know that the audios of those lectures are online, as well as the audios from more recent years. The audio quality is not the greatest, but the content is definitely worth the occasional blip.
Here are some of the available lectures (click here to view them all, note that there are 4 pages of content):
- From Enigma to Educationalist – Assessing Charlotte Mason by Jack Beckman
- Teaching Nature Study to First and Second Graders by Deborah & Holly Anne Dobbins
- Composer Study: The Waltz King Cordially Invites You to Attend by Megan Hoyt
- Knowing What Knowers Know by Lisa Cadora
- Revealing the Beauty and Power of the World Through Science Instruction by Nicole Hutchinson
- Developmentally Appropriate Use of Narration by Jennifer Spencer
- Assessing Therapies for Special Needs Students from a Charlotte Mason Perspective by Tammy Glaser
- Making the Heart Sing with Recitation by Bonnie Buckingham
- Training the Intellect Through Literature by Lori Lawing
- Nature Study by Dr. Carroll Smith
- Goods of the Gods: Respecting the Child's Proclivity to Narrate by Nicole Hutchinson & Rebecca Brown
Also worth mentioning is the ChildLightUSA blog, which frequently posts articles on applying Charlotte Mason methods to schools and homes.
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