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Restful Days at Reedy Creek: Cultivating a Life of Beauty in Majestic Surroundings

8600 Hood Rd.
Charlotte, NC

The Feast will cover all the subjects below in a variety of ways:

Nature Study and journaling
Simple Drybrush Painting
Composer Study
Picture Study
Shakespeare
Hymns and Folk Songs
Paper Sloyd
Handicrafts
and more…

Fridays 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
$250 per semester

(Monday and/or Wednesday Feasts are in the works. Please check back soon for more information about our Matthews location.)

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A La Carte  Course Offerings 2018-2019

Little Opera Company of Charlotte’s Opera for Beginners!

Welcome, Hannah Hoyt and Tim Laurio to Reedy Creek Community School! Fall 2018 is going to be a banner year for us all with the addition of a ten-week course in musical theater and operettas! If you’re child is theatrically inclined or just loves to sing, you won’t want to miss out on this valuable training that will culminate in a Christmas production of “Songs from Hansel and Gretel.” It’s a beautiful opera by Englebert Humperdinck — I may be biased, but I think you will love it!

Opera for Beginners 
Learn basic theater technique, choral work, dance, and a whole lot more.
Teachers: Hannah HoytTim Laurio

Dates: Friday September 7 through Friday November 9

Time: 4-5 pm
Cost: $150 per semester (may be paid in two installments)
Location: Living Faith Baptist Church, 8600 Hood Rd.

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Studies in English Grammar and Composition 
(for the proper keeping of sustaining knowledge)

From a Charlotte Mason perspective, essays flow naturally from the mind that has been engaged with living books for several years already. The transition can be tricky, however. In this course, we will begin with detailed narration and from there transition into analyzing short texts. We will write poems and stories, dialogue, and description.

Weekly lessons will include Studied Dictation, Copywork, learning to keep a Commonplace Book, a Book of Centuries, a Nature Study Notebook, and an Enquire Within. This class will require some work at home: daily copywork, daily study of one single passage for weekly dictation, and work on biweekly short essays/narration.

This class will include: Grammar, Spelling, Composition, Critical Thinking, Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry, Handwriting, Punctuation, and Capitalization.
For ages 8 and up with exceptions on a case by case basis

Level I: Beginning Written Narration and flowing into writing paragraphs and poems

Taught by Megan Hoyt, children’s book author and certified teacher with 24 years teaching/writing experience.
$85 per 10-week semester

Fridays 2:30-3:30 pm (level I)

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Beginning Violin I and II

Fridays 2:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $150 per 10-week semester
Hannah Hoyt is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in vocal performance and film scoring, but she is also an alumni of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and has played violin for many years. Her teaching style blends celtic and classical styles. She can’t wait to meet your young fiddlers!

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Our Mission

“And so we are going to establish a school for the service of the Lord. In founding it, we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome. … For as we advance in the religious life and in faith, our hearts expand and we run the way of God’s commandments with unspeakable sweetness of love.”

Prologue, The Rule of St. Benedict

The Importance of Beauty

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The Trevi Fountain

“I feel that in the present day, with all the attention bestowed upon the training for the practical purposes of life or for the University examiner, the training of the taste–of the sense of beauty, is apt to be overlooked, or at least underrated, as an influence in the formation of character and in the conduct and brightening of life.”

E H Farnell

Charlotte Mason believed children needed the beauty of fine arts like they needed the oxygen in the air we breathe — not because she wanted them to become snobby adults with aesthetic sensibilities but because humans crave beauty. We encounter so much tragedy and dismay on a daily basis that it’s important to drink in the beautiful whenever we can. At Reedy Creek Community School, we encounter beauty primarily in nature but also in a sweet melody or a lovely painting. And it occurs organically, with little intervention from the teacher. We put them in touch with the great masters, and their souls take in the beauty. Delight twinkles in their eyes when they slow down and appreciate beauty in art. And lesson by lesson, over the course of time, they are able to improve their own artistic skills.

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Caravaggio’s The Calling of Matthew

“…everybody can be brought to a high degree of perfection in the technique of painting. And of course there is no royal road to success. Is it not certain that the best method of conveying an impression to others is to follow the method by which Nature has conveyed it to us? That, stated briefly, is to put the right tone, the right colour, the right size, the right shape in the right place upon the canvas. Adhere to this, and it does not matter much about the instrument we do it with. A pencil or a brush, a broom or the broom-handle, let us take whichever we find most convenient to accomplish the mechanical end of accuracy. And remember! Will you let me repeat it once again? The mere handling of the instrument is a comparatively little thing to learn, indeed the hand may be almost left to take care of itself. It will very soon prove itself quite capable of registering whatever the brain may dictate; that which the fingers may utter will be but idle nonsense if it has not first entered in at the brain. We must learn to see and understand the appearance of things.

If we have not learned to do this we have neglected talents entrusted to us. If we have somewhat learned to do it we have but done our duty to the gift of sense, yet we have the reward of a new medium of communication with our fellows. Even more, for we shall have found a means sensitive to express some part of that beauty, the comtemplation of which awakens unspeakable emotions and indefinable idealities, vague sensations of a rarer spirituality, which is at once an encouragement and a consolation for the efforts of this life.

Francis Bate, Fine Arts in Education

Charlotte Mason principles include the careful practices and disciplines needful to improve skills, both mental and physical. Putting children in touch with rules that govern painting, sculpture, writing, music, and more helps them grow in their ability to express themselves through these mediums.

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Students attempting to paint as Michelangelo painted the Sistene Chapel

“Fortunately the young will readily drink in the beauty of nature without our intervention; but though tender fancy, poetic instinct, and strong emotions all help them to understand the language of their mother nature, they require the revelations of science and of art to interpret her deeper meaning to their ripening intelligence.”

E H Farnell, On the Study of the Beautiful