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Talks for Parent Educators
All my best advice is now in one volume:
“I can think of no better guide for homeschooling parents than Charlotte Ostermann.”
Joseph Pearce, author of Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know
B is for Brick
We can strengthen our children for the burdens to come by giving them BRICKS to play with! See Motherheart Press for the Free booklets from this talk. Ask for the audio.
A is for Atmosphere
Mom is the atmosphere where children learn to cope with emotions, struggle with words and participate in the creation of beauty. She needs special care, special friends, and one particularly special mirror. Hear a clip. Ask for the complete talk!
Arts education and experience are crucial components of human formation, because Truth, Beauty and Goodness must be realized in forms in order to be communicated.
Building The Bridge As We Cross
For the 2006 Kansas City Catholic Home School Conference: How can we educate our children well despite our own inadequacies; ( MP3 by JMJ Communications is available here.)
Communicating Reality to a Child
How mothers mediate the world to their children through five stages of learning. Created for the Blessed Sacrament Latin Mass Community Homeschool Conference of 2011.
Beauty Becomes You
How mothers contribute to the aesthetic education of their children. Designed for the 2011 Blessed Sacrament Homeschooling Conference.
Living books are vital, interest-catching, windows into worlds. You can hear the author’s passion and his voice. Hear about a number of books that ‘live’ for me. For the 2010 Kansas City Catholic Home School Conference: contact me to request a recording.
Life In Motion
Based on my booklet, Life in Motion: Why I Love Driver Education Time With My Teens, this version will be tailored to the teens themselves. Bored with long hours of parent-supervised drive time? Wait till you hear the huge payoff you can earn during those very hours! Better than a savings account, your drive time will pay huge dividends if you know how to invest them instead of spending them!
Poetic Education: Seeing Through Words
The critical importance of poetic formation in the life of a soul – based upon my week-long workshop for children in the ‘grammar’ of poetry.
You Already Are A Home Schooler!
For a MOPS group interested in the idea of home education: an overview of the reasons and methods of homeschooling, with the surprise message that, in several specific ways, moms have already ‘opened’ their own schools.
Getting Out of the Box
Given as an address to parents of college-bound home schoolers, and published as an article in Mater et Magistra, Catholic Home Education magazine: How to ‘fit’ the wealth of educational experience and ‘non-conforming’ activities into the expectations of college admissions officials – it’s not as hard as it sounds!
Based upon my first volume of a sacred geometry ‘conversation’ for parents with children – an introduction to the ‘re-enchantment’ of education and the many reasons to incorporate sacred geometry into the curriculum.
The Intellectual Life
A synopsis of Sertillanges’ book by this title, with recommendations for parents seeking their own educational enrichment, or for parents presenting this topic to teens. The intellectual life is very closely integrated with the spiritual life, and with the life of work and home.
Mystery and Manners
Advice to parent educators from Flannery O’Connor’s book by this title: this book should be required reading for all Catholics interested in the role of literature and art in the life of the human person! For the 2011 Kansas Catholic Homeschooling Conference
The Poetic Reader
Poetic Reading is not just reading poetry! Poetic Reading cultivates the wholeness of the reader, because it engages her whole being. It is, first of all, ordered to leisure, to freedom, to the context rather than the content of reading. Poetry, intellect, delight, sensory experience – I help readers develop an integrated approach to all different kinds of reading material.
A discussion of Stratford Caldecott’s book, “Beauty for Truth’s Sake”, and its applications within the home school. Caldecott hopes to promote interest in the re-enchantment of education, and I am decidedly on the same page! I recommend his book with great enthusiasm, and hope to promote it while offering my suggestions and experiences for implementing these ideas.
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