The Charlotte Mason Approach to Composition

We are back after our Lenten break (it wasn’t as restful as it sounds!).

Don’t forget we are offering a two-part webinar on Composition which begins this Wednesday.

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My Form 3 Child’s Notebooks

Writing is one of those areas, like science and math, where parents are afraid to depart from traditional schools’ methods. Sadly, parents hold on to these old practices, even while admitting they didn’t learn how to write well themselves and had such negative experiences that they dread teaching composition to their own children. These fears drive them to adopt a curriculum or hire a tutor, and the shinier and more expensive the more it allays their fears (they think).

Charlotte Mason offers us another way, just like she does for the study of history and art and nature.

We can lead our children in paths of delight, where writing becomes second-nature, something that must burst forth from the inside out. A student who is passionate about an idea, and has followed Mason’s course of study, can express their thoughts with precision and care.

Join us for this Two-Session Webinar Bundle for just $20.

FROM ORAL NARRATION TO

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From Oral Narration to Composition with Amy Snell.

Session One. Preparing for Written Narration in the Mason Method.

April 19. 7:00-8:30pm.

What steps should you be taking from the earliest years to help your student develop good communication? Is just “Oral Narration” enough? How can you make the most of transcription, notebooks, and dictation to scaffold your child for written narration. And what about the kids in my neighborhood who are writing “the Five-Paragraph Essay” in 5th grade?

This workshop will cover the elements of strong writing and how they can become a natural and enjoyable part of your child’s life.

Session Two. The Nuts and Bolts of Written Narration.

April 26. 7:00-8:30pm.

With Mason’s philosophy and methods you don’t need a separate writing curriculum to achieve good writing and real learning! In fact, Mason believed Composition lessons should be avoided! This doesn’t mean, however, that she didn’t have definite ideas about how students should learn to write. This session will tackle the common questions and give you the practical information you need for good writing.

Amy’s background allows her to provide a unique perspective on the Charlotte Mason approach to Composition:

-As a former high school and college English Literature, public speaking and composition classes for students of many learning types and ability, including special needs and honors, Amy knows what good communication is all about and what is expected at the highest levels of writing.

-Implemented narration in a wide variety of classes and subjects, including artist study, Plutarch, and Shakespeare and so has led narrations in a wide variety of forms, varying according to the subject taught. Narration is narration and yet a science narration differs from one in literature or history or artist study.

-Worked with children who’ve just begun Charlotte Mason as well as those steeped in the method.

-Guided parents and mentored teachers at The Mason Academy (a K-12 blended model school in the Philadelphia area) in implementing narration at home and in the classroom.

-Uses Mason’s practices on a daily basis with her own five children in their home schoolroom.

Register today to reserve your spot!

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3 thoughts on “The Charlotte Mason Approach to Composition

  1. Amber April 18, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    If I purchase the webinar but cannot watch one of the nights live, will it be available for replay?

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    • amyjoysnell April 18, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Yes! We record all our webinars and can send them to you. Thanks!

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  2. Parke April 25, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    So, I would really like to watch these, but can’t, because of timing. Can I pay for them, and watch them after the fact?

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