Art Middlekauff

Art and his wife Barbara have been home educating their three children for more than a decade. Over this time, Art has been studying Charlotte Mason’s writings and applying her living ideas to his family’s homeschool. Art tells the story of how his discovery of Charlotte Mason led to a personal transformation and a dangerous adventure.

 

Art has written several essays about Charlotte Mason’s theology and philosophy which have been published in the two volumes of Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, published by Riverbend Press. Art has also produced a video about Charlotte Mason’s twenty principles which may be obtained from Sage Parnassus. Art walks in Mason’s theological tradition as a member of an Anglican church near Detroit, Michigan

2022 Conference

Co-learning: the Parent as Guide and Friend

Essex Cholmondeley, Charlotte Mason’s biographer and friend, once wrote, “Teaching is not a technique exercised by the skilled on behalf of the unskilled. It is a sharing of the effort to know, using all that is best in the world of books, of music, of pictures, all that can be observed and cherished out of doors, all that hand and eye can make; all that religion, history, art, mathematics and science can reveal to the active mind.”

“Co-learning” is a term I use to describe this process of learning alongside our children. It’s an idea hinted at in many of the writings of Charlotte Mason and the PNEU. For example, in Mason’s fifth volume, she notes that Goethe’s home-educating father “held that nothing was so stimulating to young pupils as for their elders to learn with them.” It’s advice I’ve taken to heart and try to apply on a daily basis.

Charlotte Mason envisions lessons as “the delightful commerce of equal minds where [the teacher plays] the part of guide, philosopher and friend.” In this workshop we’ll talk about the why co-learning is so important and how it can be implemented practically in the day-to-day homeschool experience.

2021 Conference

The Perfect Charlotte Mason Education

When people first hear about the Charlotte Mason method, many decide they want to try it out. They start small, with a few elements such as nature study and narration. Over time they begin to see results in their family, and they want more. For some, this becomes a quest for the perfect Charlotte Mason education. But prudence would ask, is more always better? Is there even a way to do it all? Or is the perfect Charlotte Mason education something other than checking all the boxes? If so, what is it? Come with an open mind to consider what is the very best that Charlotte Mason has for your family.

2020 Conference

Mason’s Program for Bible Lessons

Charlotte Mason wrote, ”Now our objective in this most important part of education is to give the children the knowledge of God.” Mason did not approach this ”most important part of education” in a haphazard fashion; rather, she developed a progressive program of study for children from ages 6 to 18 that is breathtaking in its simplicity, elegance, and efficacy. In this session, we will review the content, sequence, and structure that Mason developed for Bible lessons for Forms I through VI. With the understanding that education is the science of relations, we will explore her approach to facilitate the most important relationship of all.

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