By Dawn Rhymer
This is the first blog in a series of three on designing your own picture study. In this introductory blog, I will share picture study options for when you do not want to design your own. There are many people out there doing and sharing great work. In the second blog, I will go through the steps I take to design a picture study. In the final blog, I will share how I go about finding my pictures on the internet.
By Karen Canon
Recently, I joined my husband in Las Vegas, taking a few days of much-needed respite. Nearly every summer for the past ten years, he has attended a conference in Las Vegas and, from time to time, I am able to join him for a few pre-conference days of R&R. Over the years, we have gotten rather adept at finding things to do away from Las Vegas Boulevard and typical Vegas entertainment.
One of our favorite destinations is Mt. Charleston. Only an hour away by car, the weather at Mt. Charleston is a delightful twenty-plus degrees cooler than Las Vegas. As I write this, for instance, the high in Vegas is 101 degrees while it is a lovely 76 in Mt. Charleston.
We decided to spend a day there this past July.
My husband is an avid photographer and I like to practice nature journaling, which means that we are ideally suited to hike with one another, neither of us at all minding frequent stops to change a camera lens or whip out a sketch book.
Registration is now open for the 2018 Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat. Please, visit the CMER 2018 Website to see our speakers, sessions, schedule, and so much more. This year, we have reserved the entire Hideaway retreat and conference Center. Come and join us! There is a place at the table for you.
By Karen Canon
This is the second in a series of reflections on Marion Berry’s I Buy a School, in which she tells of her experiences as Headmistress of a PNEU school.
Post #1 - Planning Thoughts
In the form of a journal entry, Miss Berry shares a very practical narration tip. I will include the journal entry and the idea that caught my attention. After that, for those interested, I will explore the assumptions I made in interpreting this entry and some background information regarding the lesson she cites.
October 22nd 1951. I’m in the gym and the II are busy on a compo about Arthur. Executioners and Tapestry have been asked for on the board. The fire is on for the first time. It all seems so quiet and cosy with the green overalls and bent heads and pens and pencils going like mad, and the rain dripping on the roof. Jane wants to know if she must put a capital in front of Arthur and Hubert every time and that makes Diana wonder about a capital P for Prince. Anne says she’s finished, so I say she’s been too quick, and what about something about Constance his poor mother? Hands up all over the room. Tongue, Punishment, Princess eventually go on the board. Consternation when I say we must stop.”
Tip: When needed and appropriate, provide challenging names and spellings on a white board or piece of paper for your student to reference.
Well, our day does not look like is going to be a beautiful Colorado summer day. It is going to be cold and rainy. As we do not have another date to which we can move the park day, we will need to move to another location. If you are planning to attend, please send me a message through Contact Us, and I will send you directions.
(It is my privilege to introduce my Mom, our first guest blogger in our series Thoughts That Burn. I hope you enjoy reading of the experience of a non-CMer at a Charlotte Mason retreat. -- Dawn)
My daughter invited me to accompany her to the Living Education Retreat in Iowa. I was glad to have some mother-daughter time. She flew to Omaha Wednesday night (on an airplane). The following morning, she and I packed up the car with sleeping bags, sheets, towels, and pillows. We also packed snacks in case we got lost in the wilderness that occurs when you leave the interstate highway system. We had enough provisions for a week (better safe than sorry). With all the bases covered, she and I headed up to Milford, Iowa. The trusty navigation system on my phone, got us there in good time. In other words, we didn’t get lost.
We arrived at the Lodge and checked in. We got our folders and badges. My daughter greeted old friends. I didn’t have any of those; but I met people I can call old friends in the future should the occasion arise. If they wear nametags, I will also remember their names.
We found our cabin and unloaded the car including the wilderness provisions. We packed those in the refrigerator for the trip home. Fortunately, we both got bottom bunks. At my age, a bottom bunk is a necessity.
After arranging our belongings, we headed back to the Lodge to peruse the book sale. My daughter has plans to cover every available wall space in her home with bookshelves and shelves must have good books. One limitation on the number of books to choose on this trip was the baggage weight limit on the plane ride back home.
We attended the pre-retreat gathering, where I learned about Charlotte Mason. I had heard her name but hadn’t the need or desire to research her methods. I was able to give a successful elevator presentation to my seat neighbor regarding Charlotte Mason. My takeaway from that session: “Contemplate the personhood of the child you are holding.” My grandchildren are individuals; and I must recall that in my interactions with them.
By Dawn Rhymer
This blog is the third and final part in a series written to journal a few of the things I hope to do as a result of attending the 2017 Living Education Retreat. Here are links to Part I and Part II.
I will love what I do--for the children.
By Dawn Rhymer
When: Friday, August 11th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Fox Run Regional Park at the North Oak Meadows Field (see the Park Map on the website)
Bring: Drinks and lunch for your family, snacks, folding chairs, blankets, sunscreen, outdoor games
Feel free to come and go as you need. We hope to see you there!
By Dawn Rhymer
This blog is Part II in a series written to journal a few of the things I hope to do as a result of attending the 2017 Living Education Retreat. Part I can be found here.
5. I will learn one new nature-thing a _______.
By Dawn Rhymer
Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time
Charlotte Mason, School Education (V3) p. 170
These words of Charlotte Mason were before me the whole weekend. I was at the Living Education Retreat (LER), and the quote was printed on a banner placed behind the podium in the main meeting room. Each time we gathered as a group, I was reminded through the soft and gentle echo of the banner, "Live, live, live."
As I drove home, after sweet goodbyes to many friends, I found myself asking the same words the crowd posed to John the Baptist as he began to prepare the way for Christ: "What then shall we do?" I wanted to return, not merely with thoughts and ideas which would be quickly crowded out by the hustle and bustle of a busy home, but rather with a clear grasp of those things which I would do. How would my life, and potentially the life of my family, be changed by the small investment of a weekend?
I am going to reflect on each session I attended and choose one thing which I do not want to forget, one thing I can do so that life can be all living.
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