Overview of Courses


Overview of Dreaming Spires’ Method


What makes us unique? The short answer is - you do! 

Our courses are small and our approach, versatile, so your children can thrive from the start at whatever stage they find themselves in, but more than that, we use a time-tested method for helping students go beyond what they thought possible. 





Which method, you my ask? It’s called the Charlotte Mason method. You may have heard of it but never knew what it was. Basically, it’s an approach to education that encourages children to think for themselves while filling their zest for learning with great books, low-key writing tasks, and connection with their studies, their tutors, and their classmates.

How exactly does that work? At Dreaming Spires, we apply the “CM Method” through weekly one-hour webinars taught live and online, using high-quality and stimulating books, and assigning fairly simple written tasks that build on a student’s own understanding and experience. 

For more about the Charlotte Method, see the page on our website about "Our Method". 

The commitment is usually around four hours per week, and our courses last a full academic year, or 30 weeks.

Some courses have add-on extension options like English, art history, some history, some of the French/Spanish ones. These offer more focused attention on individual attainments and entail another 2-3 hours of homework a week. We have a separate page about these on the website.

Webinars are conducted along these lines: the tutors talk and use a Powerpoint for visual aids while the students type their responses in a chat box. We rarely use webcams because the bandwidth requirements are sometimes too much for our students in foreign mission fields. Some students feel a bit self-conscious at first about typing in the chatbox, but they soon learn that spelling, punctuation, and that sort of thing, are no big deal in terms of accuracy. As long as their ideas are coming across, that’s what matters (the one exception is “would of” - I will definitely pipe up with correction on that one!).

The overall approach at Dreaming Spires is a great leveler: we’ve had students with special needs, those who travel the world, youngsters who are gifted, and even some attending from hospital beds, and no one is the wiser. Everyone feels welcome.

What’s the end result? Your child can start gathering high school credits for your homeschool transcript, either single credits, 1-1/2 credits with an add-on, or convert to honors if you want. 

More than that, your child will actually be college-ready, and we have had numerous students accepted at top institutions, including West Point, Mount Holyoke, and even Cambridge in England. We’ll write your recommendations, too. 


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