Photo: The Banks Cabin Classroom, Camp Sankanac
ELEMENTARY: ALC offers a lower elementary program (grades 1-2) and an upper elementary program (grades 3-4) that meet on Tuesdays from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM at Camp Sankanac. In addition to music, art, drama and physical education, the students pursue language and writing skills along with an inductive approach to science by way of group learning in a concrete/creative fashion designed to cultivate critical thinking skills. Printed materials and guided parental instruction will allow the ALC program and your home program to work in tandem.
Who was Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason is referred to by some as the mother of the modern homeschool movement, and she was a dire proponent of the liberal arts from a Christian perspective. Mason encouraged vivacious interaction with "living books" and she rightly called all literature that was cheaply thought-up and quickly published "twaddle." Her love for God and His creation was evident in her writings, and she firmly believed that one should "Never be within doors when you can rightly be without."
Some have noted that Mason's philosophy is not truly classical in the sense that it focuses more intimately on the arts and training the whole child to fall in love with nature and nature's God. ALC happily exchanges the rigorous classroom setting at the 1st and 2nd grade levels as our dear Mrs. Swatton and her classroom assistants explore God's wonders with the children in the expansive foliage of Camp Sankanac in Chester County, Pennsylvania.