Marlins

 

The Marlin system was developed as a way to off-set the cost of school fees by volunteering to Present on certain days at the school.

A Bradford Presenter-Volunteer earns 4,250 Marlins to apply to fees, if the Presenter-Volunteer is present for all class days scheduled for The Bradford Program.

A Fairfield Presenter-Volunteer earns 1,500 Marlins to apply to fees, if the Presenter-Volunteer is present for all class days schedule for The Fairfield Program.

Presenter-Volunteer training is available if the Presenter is new to the Charlotte Mason Method.

Qualifications for ideal Presenter-Volunteers seem basic, but we have found these qualities make the BEST Presenters:

Enthusiastic
Curious
Lovers of Books
Inspiring
Encouraging
Inflective Readers
Lovers of Books
Empathetic
Loving
Joyous
Peaceful
Long-suffering
Kind
Good
Faithful
Gentle
Self-controlled
Born-Again Believers
Lovers of Books

If people you love tell you that you possess these characteristics some or most of the time, we would love to talk to you about Presenter-Volunteer positions at the school.

What is a Presenter-Volunteer?

Modern, contemporary classes are led by Teachers. A Teacher is a person who learns a great deal about a subject in preparation for a class and then imparts that wisdom to the children as the Knower of That Which Is Important. The goal of the Teacher is to have the children contain the Important Things the Teacher has learned in his child-sized head after the child listens to the Teacher lecture on them.

A Presenter is a person, an adult in authority, who presents a Feast of Ideas to the child as a fellow journeyman on the exciting road of learning and discovery. It is the child’s responsibility to take in this information, process it through his or her unique mind and unique experiences, then accept this idea as true or valuable OR reject this idea as false or unimportant.

If the idea is accepted by the child’s mind, a relationship is formed with the idea. Once the relationship exists, it becomes permanent. A permanent “knowing.” Once the idea passes through the lens of a child’s own, unique experiences and his knowledge of God, Men, and the Universe, he expresses the idea, oral or written, in a manner called Narration.

This essay-paraphrase expression, Narration, is the “secret weapon” of a Charlotte Mason education. The idea passes from a temporary memory to a permanent storage in the brain, able to be recalled by the child at any moment in the future he wishes to entertain it.

In the former example, the Teacher has done the hard work; therefore, the Teacher possesses the Knowledge. In the latter example, the child has done the hard work; therefore, the child possesses the Knowledge.

Knowledge that is valuable for its own sake, Knowledge that is accurate, Knowledge that is interesting, Knowledge of the kind that “the child may recall as a man with profit and pleasure.” How do we know the ideas presented to the child will contain those qualities? The Presenter must provide material that furnishes the child with fruitful ideas.

More on Narration in the page titled “Distinctives” under the Charlotte Mason Menu.

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