"Education is an atmosphere."
"Education is a discipline."
"Education is a life."
If you are an educator, parent or homeschooler in the Portland Oregon area and would like to set-up a workshop based on one of the many topics on this website please contact Gina Reich (Gina Guzman) at email@example.com to see what we can work out
NEW CO-OP FORMING THIS SUMMER!
Do you have learners whose brain turns on with the sun?
Do you homeschool year round?
Are you looking for a personalized small group experience?
Are you tired of the same old summer camps?
This group is for mature tweens/younger teens (7-10th graders) who want to learn in a group setting and are willing to do the reading and research required. Each class size is limited to 10 and will meet in the Beaverton/Hillsboro, Oregon area for the 2013/2014 school year. Cost will depend on group size so pass the word around, get your friends to sign up and share in the savings. Exact location and schedule will be determined by the group. We expect to meet for 3 to 4 hours per week. Note that our first term will meet on Thursdays in May, June and July with 6 weeks off in August/September.
Geography: Then and Now
In this dynamic multisensory class students will be the driving force in determining what countries and topics we will study. We will look at countries on each inhabited continent from multiple angles with the goal of understanding how the history, geography and cultures of each country help shape the current events of today. Projects may include written reports, presentations, video or computer based presentations, potlucks, field trips, guest speakers, plays, crafts, music and much more. Homework will be student determined and varied; consisting mostly of reading current events as well as researching and prepping for the projects.
Art Around the World:
Join us as we circle the globe and create masterpieces of our own! We will touch upon masters in Persian rug weaving, Japanese printmaking, Aboriginal art, Chinese scroll painting , European and Mexican paintings and much more. Our hands-on approach will combine elements of Charlotte Mason picture study with the scope & sequence from Artistic Pursuits. Students wanting to count this class for high school credit will be expected to do homework; mostly reading artist biographies and/or doing drawings at home.
Literature Through the Ages:
Do you know what Beowulf, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars may have in common? Do you know how ancient Japanese literature and art influenced modern manga? If not you should join us as we read, analyze and discuss some of the great books of history. We will begin with the ancients and work our way forward in time. As we study each book we will discuss how the culture and events of the times influenced the author and how that book or author influenced the modern world and literature. We will also explore the different forms that books have taken throughout history. This course will have reading and writing homework.
Contact Gina Reich Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to sign up.
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While I believe whole-heartedly in a Charlotte Mason Education I must also point out that we need to adapt many of her ideas to our more modern world. I must also admit that years of teaching and interacting with both adults and children has colored how I approach our Charlotte Mason Education. I admit that my version of a Charlotte Mason Education is not a strict interpretation of her philosophy. My goal is to make Miss Mason's educational philosophy accessible to a wider audience.
I tend to agree with the classical education trivium stages but Miss Mason did not name them so I tend to use the terminology that I learned when we were doing a more structured version of classical education . One reason I have chosen to use these categories when describing books for the website is because they provide a wider range of ages than our well-known grade levels. Even in regular life, I find myself unable to give recommendations by specific grade levels or ages since not all 5 yo or all 10 yo or all 14 yo are alike. Using the trivium provides more flexibility. Another aspect of this site that may be different is the addition of technology-based ideas and suggestions. Many Charlotte Mason websites stick only to the Victorian Era recommendations. I find those too limiting for my modern children. Based on my readings and research I believe Miss Mason would have taken advantage of the technology available to us. As with her book recommendations, I believe she would search for the best of the best. Even though this is a secular site, I do not wish to overlook the fact that Miss Mason felt a spiritual upbringing was an important part of a Charlotte Mason Education. This site is secular because I want all faiths and nonfaiths to feel welcome here.
***Please note that even though they share a similarity in name, this website is not affiliated with the SecularCM yahoo group in any way. I do highly recommend that yahoo group though. It is one of the best around!***