Take some time to be encouraged in your role as a homeschool parent. At an SCM Encouragement Conference you will gain the confidence you need to teach your children the Charlotte Mason way. During the weekend you will meet others who are using Charlotte’s wonderful methods, and the heart-to-heart teaching from Sonya will refresh you in your calling as a Christian parent. Join us for two days that will breathe new life into your home school.
Sessions and Schedule
Friday, March 10 (Doors open at 9:00 A.M.)
Session 1—Inside a Charlotte Mason Home School
Take a look at a typical day in the life of families who use the Charlotte Mason Method. See what the method looks like in everyday practice.
Session 2—Teach from a Flowing Stream, Not a Stagnant Pool
A drink from a vibrant, flowing stream is much more refreshing than one from a scummy, stagnant pool! Sonya encourages you in this session to breathe vivacity back into your personal life—for your children’s benefit as well as your own. Discover a practical way to rejuvenate your weekly schedule to help you embrace living, not settle for surviving.
Lunch Break (12:00–1:30 P.M.)
Q & A Session
Session 3—Buttons, Beans, and Coins: Making Math Come Alive
Discover Charlotte Mason’s simple yet brilliant approach to teaching elementary arithmetic. Learn her teaching techniques that give the student a solid understanding of math, help instill good habits, eliminate drudgery, and encourage creativity. Gain the confidence you need to go at your child’s pace while adding variety and refreshment to math lessons.
Session 4—The 5 Gifts of Intentional Parents
We parents give our children gifts every day. Some are survival gifts, given just to make a problem go away. Some are default gifts, carelessly copied from those around us. Our goal should be intentional gifts, purposely given to prepare our children for life. Discover the five gifts of intentional parents—all centered around the word TEACH—along with lots of practical tips for giving them.
Evening Break (4:30 P.M.)
Saturday, March 11 (Doors open at 9:00 A.M.)
Session 5—The Quiet Schooling of Nature
We all have a fascinating science resource right outside our doors, but we often overlook it because it is so quiet. Come learn how nature study lays the foundation for science lessons, how to get started, and how to keep a nature notebook, plus fun and simple nature study ideas for the whole family.
Session 6—Habit-Training Yourself: Good Habits Are Not Just for Kids
Yes, we want our children to have good habits, but many of us parents struggle with habits in our own lives. Take a look at four powerful pictures that give insight into how habits are formed and what to do about your bad habits. Learn the three most important words to keep in mind when habit-training. Discover how to instill your own good habits that will serve you well and help your days run smoothly.
Lunch Break (12:00–1:30 P.M.)
Q & A Session
Session 7—When More Is Less: A Call to Simplicity in Your Schedule, Your Home, and Your Children’s Education
It’s easy to get caught up in the mentality that we’ve got to add more: we must do more, we must get more, and our children must study more. More, more, more! But the funny thing is that when we keep adding more, we usually end up with less of what really matters. Come discover the richness that simplicity can bring to your schedule, your home, and your children’s education.
Session 8—Navigating the High School Years
Yes, you can homeschool the Charlotte Mason way through high school! Gain encouragement and practical insights for staying the course and finishing well.
End of Conference (4:30 P.M.)
About Sonya Shafer
Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at simplycharlottemason.com.
Simply Charlotte Mason will have a large display of resources available for you to get your hands on, look through, and purchase at a special conference discount.
Online registration is closed, but there is still space to register at the door on a first come, first served basis.
Lunch each day will be on your own. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. These break times are great opportunities to get to know other CMers and make new friends.
Children and Babies
Childcare will not be provided at the conference.
Nursing babies are welcome. We ask only that mamas are considerate of all the other attendees and step out of the room if the baby is becoming loud enough to be a distraction. With some babies that’s easy; others have become show-stoppers. You know your baby best. If you think it will be an easy task to enjoy the conference and not detract from others’ enjoyment with Baby present, please bring that precious little one along.
Map and Directions
Bethel Presbyterian Church
19856 Evergreen Mills Rd
Leesburg, VA 20175