Two-Day Charlotte Mason Encouragement Conference in Louisville, KY


A Live 2-Day Conference with Sonya Shafer
August 4–5, 2017
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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, August 4 (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—One Word Can Change Everything: The Strong Weak-Willed Child
When Sonya realized how Charlotte Mason defined strong-willed vs. weak-willed, it completely changed her attitude toward her children. If you feel like you are constantly butting heads in a battle of the wills, this session could revolutionize how you view your child. Discover helpful ideas that can relieve the tension, refresh your perspective, and restore the peace.

Lunch Break (12:00–1:30 P.M.)

Q & A Session

Session 3—Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits in Your Home School
Discover the secret to smooth and easy days: habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children, and practical tips for cultivating the Top Three.

Session 4—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.

Evening Break (5:00 P.M.)

Saturday, August 5 (Doors open at 9:00 A.M.)

Session 5—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 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—Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together
Save time and money by teaching most school subjects to all of your students together. Learn effective strategies to lower your stress level, provide a well-rounded education, and help you and your children build sweet memories.

Session 8—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.

End of Conference (5:00 P.M.)

About Sonya Shafer

Sonya ShaferSonya 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

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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.

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