Richele Baburina’s Session Abstracts

Richele Baburina’s Session Abstracts

Presentations and Plenaries

Jane Austen’s “Fine Brush” in a Charlotte Mason Education

Jane Austen playfully remarked of her writing that she “worked with so fine a brush” on a “little bit (two inches wide) of ivory.” In this session we discuss the deep admiration Charlotte Mason had for Austen’s intricate brushwork and her place in the Mason classroom both past and present. Charlotte Brönte and Elizabeth Gaskell—two other beloved imagination-warmers of Mason’s—play a delightful part in the conversation. This session also reviews the role of Literature in Forms I-VI of a Mason education.

Literature and the “Art of Living”

The use of living books to put children in personal touch with events and manners of a historical time period is well known in a Mason education. In this session we see how Charlotte Mason chose literature for an even higher purpose—that of moral instruction—to approach even the toughest topics with our teens by employing the same approach as Jesus, who “Without a parable spake He not unto them.” This session contains a brief survey of Literature in Forms I-VI.

Charlotte Mason and Math — A Mountain Perspective

Charlotte Mason referred to Mathematics as a mountainous land, where the travelers benefited from an invigorating atmosphere and each step was taken on firm ground. In this presentation, we take a guided journey through the Principality of Mathematics in the Mason classroom from the early years through high school. Using Charlotte’s analogy of mathematics and the mountainous land, we begin by looking at math education as an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life while moving from preschool through 12th grade. Along the way, we move fear to the back seat, dispel common misconceptions, and gain practical advice for your own schoolroom.

Charlotte Mason and Physics

So rapid and vital was the scientific progress made during Charlotte Mason’s lifetime that it is referred to as the Second Scientific Revolution, with growth especially dramatic in natural philosophy or physics. From the role of the teacher—especially if you’ve never taken physics yourself– to experiments that don’t make a mess in your kitchen, learn all about physics in the Charlotte Mason classroom through the grades.

Mathematics and Charlotte Mason’s Great Recognition

Charlotte Mason’s oft-quoted words on the importance of the teacher over the textbook can stand like a scowling guard forbidding us to trespass into the domain of the math teacher. See how we can enter the realm of mathematics with confidence, holding the key that the One through whom mathematical laws came to be instructs not only our children but ourselves as well.


Introduction to Numbers

In Charlotte Mason’s programmes, early elementary arithmetic lessons were called Numbers or Sums, referring to a child’s investigation of each number and the working out of small problems involving its use. The first part of the session is an immersion in the first lessons of Number, where you will notice a number of methods distinct to Mason’s principles of education throughout. During the second half, we will discuss the importance of mathematics in a Charlotte Mason classroom and how it can become an instrument for living teaching in your own.


In a Mason education, students learned to handle mathematical tools, gained physical habits, and discovered foundational ideas for themselves before embarking on the formal study of geometry. Beginning with an immersion lesson in Practical Geometry, we will then trace the line of geometry in a Mason education from the early years through Formal Geometry and deductive reasoning in high school.

Brush Drawing—A Living Art

Charlotte Mason called Brush Drawing a living art as she found it the best technique to give gesture and life to its subject. Brush drawing was used throughout a Mason education—from lessons that allowed mastery over the brush to its use in design, illustration, and, perhaps, most importantly, in the nature notebook. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll receive instruction that includes basic strokes and how to build a drawing step-by-step using a specimen from nature. Personalized help will be given throughout. Please allow at least two hours for this session.


Watch a live brush drawing demonstration of basic strokes and how they can be used for illustration and capturing nature while also learning about the use of this living art in Mason’s PNEU and how it can be used in your school today.

Full-day Immersions

Mathematics through the Forms

Experience true Charlotte Mason math lessons in various grades with time for practical follow-up discussion such as placement, choosing and implementing a textbook, and when to move on to a new concept. Note: This immersion takes plenty of breaks and can be broken up with an Outdoor Geography lesson.

I Have to Teach What?!

Due to their unfamiliarity, some subjects may seem more daunting to teach than others in a Charlotte Mason schoolroom. In this day of immersion, you will experience the wonder of Brush-drawing, Outdoor Geography, Mental Arithmetic, Plutarch, and Practical Geometry along with a short discussion following each.

À la carte Immersion Sessions

  1. Introduction to Numbers
  2. Addition and Subtraction Tables
  3. Oral Work & Mental Arithmetic through the Forms
  4. Notation & Place Value
  5. Multiplication Tables
  6. Division
  7. Fractions, Decimals & Percents
  8. Geometry
  9. Algebra
  10. Brushdrawing
  11. Outdoor Geography