Summer Institute Crystal, MN

Training provided by Ambleside Schools International

Summer Institute Crystal, MN

Event Overview

Summer Institute Crystal, MN
July 30 – August 6, 2024
Cost: $1,650 per person
Cost Includes: Daily lunch and all materials
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 855.338.5433

Event Location

RiverTree School
3733 Vera Cruz Ave N, Crystal, MN 55422

Event Description

The Summer Institute is a week-long intensive that educates participants on the Charlotte Mason philosophy of teaching through a combination of lecture and hands-on experience.


Institute Attendees learn the philosophy and practical skills implied in Charlotte Mason’s maxim that a teacher has three legitimate instruments of education: atmosphere (relational circumstances), discipline (habits of good living), and life (the mind’s proper food). Participants experience the application of these educational tools, first as a pupil and then as a teacher, preparing them well for their own teaching based on the philosophy and practice of Charlotte Mason.


The Summer Institute begins with small group readings, narration, and discussion of Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy. Then, upon entering the Ambleside classroom, experience what it is like to be a student at an Ambleside School. Summer Institute faculty teach from the Ambleside curriculum, including lessons in science, history, mathematics, Bible, literature, grammar, phonics, composition, nature study, composer study, and more. Following each lesson, shared observations bring further understanding to the Ambleside Method.


The week culminates with hands-on application of the Method of the Lesson as lessons are planned and taught by attendees. Summer Institute faculty provide curricula, assistance, and supportive critiques throughout the planning and teaching of these lessons.