ABOUT A CHARLOTTE MASON PLENARY
Hi! I’m Rachel, owner of A Charlotte Mason Plenary.
My motto is: Charlotte Mason Your Way
I am here to help you make the Charlotte Mason method work for YOU. My goal is to help you implement Charlotte’s method in a way that is personally meaningful for you and your family. I want to help you apply Charlotte Mason‘s principles in a way that is consistent with your values.
Here’s a little bit of background info about me:
My husband and I have always homeschooled our two children using the Charlotte Mason method because we feel strongly that it is an excellent method of education and we are drawn to its beauty and simplicity.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston where I studied Communications and Political Science.
Before attending college, I spent a year traveling as a member of Up With People, singing and dancing my way across the U.S. and Europe. Up With People is a performing arts organization with a mission to transcend cultural barriers and create global understanding through music.
After college, I spent many years working as a Radio and Television Journalist.
My goal with The Plenary is to help you learn how to adapt Charlotte’s method to your family. I will be working hard to do just that by creating helpful articles, resources, videos, and guides for you as well as offering personal consultations. Good things are in store for the future!
Hi! I’m Amy Bodkin, Special Needs Consultant here at A Charlotte Mason Plenary.
I am a School Psychologist and I have homeschooled my children using Charlotte Mason’s philosophy since the beginning.
I have an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, a Masters in Educational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics.
Professionally, personally, and as a parent, I have a significant amount of experience with Autism and all the many processing and learning disabilities that can go with Autism. All of these different angles of experience give me a very unique perspective and insight into homeschooling special needs students.
I am drawn to the Charlotte Mason method because it was the way I wish I, as a child on the Autism spectrum, had been educated. Recognizing early on that our children were also on the Autism spectrum, I knew a Charlotte Mason education would be a perfect fit for many different reasons, but the primary reason is that Charlotte Mason chose to make her first principle “Children are born persons.” Too often children with special needs are viewed as “less than” because of their differences. Charlotte Mason makes respect for their personhood the foundation of their education.
Since having our children, I have continued to consult privately with special needs families. I am also one of the creators of Ani ve-ami, the Jewish Charlotte Mason Curriculum, and a licensed yoga teacher.
Having grown up Protestant, being married to a Jewish man, and being friends with Catholics, Muslims, and Mormons, I feel confident in being able to help families plan a year that respects their core beliefs, their child’s needs, and their family’s needs using the resources that are the best fit possible.
As a consultant, I make it my business to see each child as an individual and not as a diagnosis. I also strive to see each member of your family as an individual, analyzing each person’s needs, and working to provide a balanced plan that will meet your needs as a parent, as well as the needs of each child, while honoring your core beliefs.