Two-Day Charlotte Mason Encouragement Conference in South Miami, FL

A Live 2-Day Conference with Sonya Shafer
October 14–15, 2016

Old Cutler Presbyterian Church
14401 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33158
(See map.)

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Join us for hours of encouragement and practical help with the Charlotte Mason method!

Friday, October 14 (Doors open at 9:00 A.M.)

  • Session 1—The Early Years (9:30–10:30 A.M.)

    Give your child what is most important. Instead of academic or social pressures, Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to give their little ones a full six years of developing good habits, getting acquainted with nature, exploring with the five senses, growing in their spiritual lives, and more. Learn how to give your child a quiet growing time.

  • Session 2—One Word Can Change Everything: The Strong Weak-Willed Child (10:45–11:45 A.M.)

    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 (1:30–2:00 P.M.)
  • Session 3—Learning with Living Books (2:15–3:15 P.M.)

    Good living books feed our children a feast of ideas, not just dry facts. Join Sonya for a look at this simple, yet effective, approach to true education. Learn what makes living books “living,” and practice using them in a way that makes learning stick.

  • Session 4—Habit-Training Yourself: Good Habits Are Not Just for Kids (3:30–4:30 P.M.)

    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.

Saturday, October 15 (Doors open at 9:00 A.M.)

  • Session 5—A CM-Style Morning of Studies (9:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M.)

    Witness Charlotte Mason methods in action! Take on the role of a student for a morning of studies and see what this style of education actually looks like.

  • Lunch Break (12:00–1:30 P.M.)

  • Discussion on Morning Session and Q & A (1:30 P.M.–2:30 P.M.)

  • Session 6—Five Gifts of Intentional Parents (2:45 P.M.–3:45 P.M.)

    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.

  • Session 7—Looking Past the Fear (4:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.)

    Making the decision to homeschool may not be an easy one, and sticking to your decision may become even harder when the inevitable challenges arise. This workshop provides an encouraging look at God’s response to five fears that homeschooling moms face: fear of what God is calling you to do, fear of being inadequate for the job, fear of what might happen in the future, fear of ridicule or rejection, and fear of our weak areas ruining our children. Learn how to rely on God’s guidance and the strengths He has provided you, and to trust Him to take you through your areas of weakness.


Simply Charlotte Mason will have a large display of our 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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Old Cutler Presbyterian Church
14401 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33158

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