Hello Learning How to Live readers!
We are pleased to announce that we are offering a series of webinars this Spring!
Over the years we have taught at The Mason Academy and the Charlotte Mason Institute and we are now ready to offer our workshops to a larger audience! We are excited to help you grow in your practice of Mason’s philosophy and be blessed as we have been by her methods.
The first Webinar Series is coming up quickly. The class is almost full so sign-up today!
The Art and Practice of Narration with Amy Snell
Session One: Narration: The Foundation for Communication and Composition.
Tuesday, January 31st. 7-8:30pm.
Session Two: Narration Beyond the Basics. Tuesday, February 7th. 7-8:30pm.
A Two-Session Webinar Bundle for just $20.
“I should like to leave you with a picture of a class of enthusiastic bright-eyed children, bouncing excitedly up and down in their eagerness to be the first to [narrate]. Such children will never be at a loss later on when they have to speak in a school or college debate, or open a bazaar, or even make a speech in Parliament!
(Manders. “We Narrate and Then We Know.” Volume 2, no. 4, PNEU, July 1967, pgs. 170-172).
If you have read anything of Charlotte Mason than you have heard of narration.
The idea of bright-eyed children eager to narrate intrigues us. The idea of throwing out the end of chapter questions, study guides, quizzes, tests, and expensive writing programs delights us. And yet, we wonder, will it really lead to children who can make speeches for Parliament?
In the day in and day out of homeschooling life, doubts creep in…
- Am I doing it the “right way”?
- Is my child really making any progress?
- Should I be doing narration differently depending on the subject?
- Won’t this become boring?
- Does it really work for all learners?
- Shouldn’t I buy that curriculum guide that gets good reviews in the homeschooling catalogue?
- Will my child really be prepared for writing in the workplace and at university?
We are told that Narration is simple, true to every child’s development and the way truly to know. And yet, these glorious promises don’t always seem to be taking hold in our own homes and classrooms!
If you want more than a primer on narration…
To be given the tools of the practice…
Tied to a philosophy of who children are…
And how they learn best…
This webinar is for you.
When I first began teaching writing 20 year ago, I tried many curriculum and approaches to help my students communicate effectively. After a few years, I “produced” students who could write “5-paragraph essays” that garnered high scores on AP exams and the grades they wanted in their college classes. But when I was finally introduced to Charlotte Mason’s cohesive philosophy and methods, I found what was always missing, an approach which helped students write naturally and to find their voice. Through the practice of narration, students learned to express themselves clearly and powerfully without the tedium and artifice of “composition” classes.
In the next season of life, it was an unexpected gift to teach the practice of narration to many different families through workshops at The Mason Academy and to mentor teachers in their practice in a wide range of classes from Artist Study to Plutarch. It has also brought me great joy to listen to my own five (different and unique) children’s narrations, watching their syntax and vocabulary grow in complexity out of a love for words and what they are learning. All of these experiences have confirmed what I recognized about Charlotte Mason the first time I read her Philosophy of Education.
So what will be covered in this webinar?
The first session explores Mason’s principles on narration as integral to a child’s education, then moves to its practice. It will include a complete narration lesson plan from teacher preparation to the final Grand Conversation.
The second session refines your art and practice as a teacher and provides solutions for the common pitfalls and road bumps. How do you work with children who have nothing to say or forget details or are disorganized? When will these narrations start to have the sophisticated language and syntax I’ve been promised? Won’t this be monotonous? What about my artsy child who loves to draw and create?
Both sessions include a live Q & A to cover your questions.
At $20 for two sessions, you will gain the confidence and know-how to start implementing narration right away. Say goodbye to worksheets, study guides, quizzes and other techniques that rarely lead to real learning.
Sessions are expected to fill quickly–register today!