This coming Thursday, June 9th, marks the last of the Charlotte Mason Support Group meetings of the school year in my home. Usually by this point in the year most of us in our house are not thinking towards lessons with vigour and enthusiasm. Instead our enthusiasm is more focussed on things like how many days until we go camping and so on.
This time, however, I am very excited about one last gathering of precious ladies here in my living room for some “Mother Culture”, a time to encourage and build up and learn from one another. I can’t wait to pick your brains on what “Summer’s Cool” means to you. The agenda for the evening includes time to share what kind of experiences we are all looking forward to this summer and how those camps and crafts and sports and so many other things are an extension of the learning time that is more formal in the other seasons.
If you live in the area (of Bradford, Ontario), please feel free to join us even if you haven’t had opportunity to do the assigned readings. The gathering place is my living room. (Email me for my address or directions.) We meet from 7:30 to 9:30.
The readings for this week are: from A Charlotte Mason Companion: chapters 38 (Picnics Any Time), 39 (Summery Senses), 45 (A New Grading Method), and 46 (Mother Culture), as well as from A Philosophy of Education chapter 9 (The Way of Reason) and pages 224-230, 233-234 (Geography, Physical Development and Handicrafts).
I look forward to meeting with some of you soon.
P.S. Don’t forget to share the information about the “Newby Workshops” with your friends and family. They are already starting to fill up as my living room isn’t that large so email me soon so that you won’t be disappointed.
Just a quick post to let you know that I have <finally> set a couple of dates for this year’s Newby Workshops! They will be held on Thursday, July 21st and Tuesday, August 9th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in my home in Bradford.
If you are new to the homeschool world or are considering this crazy lifestyle, please feel welcome to visit in my home on one of these dates! This is a workshop that I have presented at homeschooling conferences but that I love to be able to share in my home even more as we will have a limited size (only 15 spaces available – sign up soon!) and will have two hours rather than one. There will be a big pot of tea and my daughters are likely to come up with some yummy treats to share.
Though we will try to look over some of the most common questions and concerns that new homeschoolers have in a sturctured way, there will be lots of time to discuss those questions that are foremost on your mind about this way of educating. My plan is more for an open forum than for a lecture.
Some of the things that we will discuss:
Yikes! Can I do this?!?
Where can I go for support?
What are the legal implications?
Do I have to contact my local school board?
What about curriculum?
What is a “normal” homeschooling day like?
What about socialization!?!
Expect some yummy hand outs too!
Please share this invitation with friends and family who are new to homeschooling or who are considering it. You are also welcome to forward this information to your church group or homeschool group. I look forward to meeting many of you in my living room this summer!
Once again I am thankful for the opportunity to go to homeschooling conferences and to meet so many wonderfully interesting people. I had a great time at the recent Rideau Valley Home Educators Association Conference in Ottawa. My greatest regret though was that, as with every conference, it was such a busy whirlwind of a day that though I met many people, I didn’t get to know many. One thing that I love is to hear people’s stories. Why is it that you decided to home school? What makes your home and family unique? So here, Under the Maple Tree, I assuage my interests by sharing our family’s stories with all of you and look forward to having the chance to hear more of your stories over time.
While I am taking the opportunity to share a little bit about our home school I thought I should make a couple of other introductions in hopes that these friends will also encourage you and share in your stories.
First, I was pleased to meet Shannon Ratcliffe in Ottawa at the RVHEA conference. Most of you will want to check out her exciting new venture: Homeschool Horizons, a brand new all Canadian magazine for homeschoolers! Shannon has had significant interest in her new magazine which will launch this fall and I know that I am looking forward to subscribing. Won’t it be neat to have a national forum for connecting with other people who are walking the same road that you are travelling? Check them out at www.homeschoolhorizons.ca or on facebook: “Homeschool Horizons – Canada’s Homeschooling Magazine”. Say hello to Shannon and Kimberley and tell them that Cori sent you. J
Another friend that I would like to introduce you to is Kay Chan. Kay is the wife of Derek and homeschooling mother to six lovely daughters. Kay has been a wonderful encouragement to me in my busy days as wife and mom and teacher and business woman. She generously gave of her time to thoroughly edit and revise my new book, Working Together, despite having a full schedule with homeschooling and caring for a sick baby. She provides me with many words of wisdom and encouragement. And now I am happy to commend her efforts as she is working on compiling a book of encouragement for larger families. Read more about it on her blog, http://www.littleapplesofgold.com/submission/! Kay would love to share your testimonial if you are part of a large family. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now after enjoying Kitchener and Ottawa conferences I am very much looking forward to OCHEC in Hamilton in another week. If you are going to be there then please stop by the Maple Tree table in the vendors hall or come and see me in one of my seminars. I have the privilege of sharing Charlotte Mason 101 as well as Enjoying Math?!? Lots of fun and excitement!
Or if you are in the area, you are welcome to come and visit at my home tonight – Thursday, April 28th for our second last Charlotte Mason Support Group of the year. Contact me if you would like to come and need more information.
So many chances to make connections! I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks!
Wishing you the support and encouragement that you need to finish this school year well!
I’ve been meaning to add these dates to this blog for quite some time now but thought I would be able to figure out how to actually get a calendar on the page and do a few other fancy things. Since that’s not happening, and before these events expire, I wanted to post some information and invite you to join me for a date…
March 28th: Working Together book launch and workshop at the Newmarket’s CHEN (Christian Home Educators Network) meeting. Contact me for details if you would like to attend.
March 31, 7:30 to 9:30pm: Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting in Bradford. Contact Cori for details.
April 2, 8am to 5pm: KWCHEA Conference in Kitchener. The cost is about $42 per person and is, I think, your best deal “smiles-per-dollar” as it is a one day event (no hotel room required) and includes lunch as well as dozens of great seminars and an excellent vendors hall. Come here to hear our own Cyndy Regeling speak on Art Appreciation. Also catch one of my workshops on Enhancing Your Math Teaching, Charlotte Mason in Real Life or Homeschooling for Newbies. For more details check out http://www.kwchea.ca/
April 16th, 8am to 5pm: RVHEA Conference in Ottawa. I haven’t been here before but am looking forward to meeting some new people and sharing a few workshops on Home Schooling For Newbies, Goal Setting, and Living Math. The cost varies so check out their website at http://www.rvhea.org/ for all the details.
April 28th, 7:30 to 9:30pm: Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting in Bradford. Contact Cori for details. *** Please note the date change from May 5th! ***
May 6th and 7th: OCHEC Conference in Hamilton. This is the big conference in Ontario. Well worth the investment of time and money. (Registration is about $60 but again you should check out their website for full details.) OCHEC always has a great speaker lineup and a very comprehensive vendors hall. I will be doing two seminars here as well on Enjoying Math? and Charlotte Mason 101. OCHEC’s website is http://www.ochec.org/Conv2011.php.
May 28th, 8:30 to 3:30: Parents Guide Conference in Barrie. This is a smaller conference but what I love about it is that in addition to workshops and a vendor hall there is a used book sale! Cost is $15 if you pre-register by May 14th and all the information can be found on their website at http://www.parentsguideconf.org/. I will have the privilege of holding a workshop on Enjoying Math at this conference.
June 9th, 7:30 to 9:30pm: Charlotte Mason Support Group Meeting in Bradford. Contact Cori for details.
June 10th, 6 to 9:30pm: TEACH New and Used Curriculum Sale at Mohawk College in Brantford. If you are interested in getting some of your curriculum used then this is the best sale for you to get to this year. I have always found this to be the best place to shop for a deal. Go with a list in hand because it is easy to over-shop! Then, whatever necessities you don’t find in the used areas you can pick up in the well stocked vendor’s hall later. $2 entrance fee!
August 6th: Back to School New and Used Curriculum Sale in Ajax. I am still waiting for details on this one… I will let you know.