** Please note the date changes below. Thank you all for your kind words and support as our family has struggled to find health this fall. We are pleased to report that hubby is now recovering at home after a week long hospital stay. **
I am so excited to start a new year of Charlotte Mason Support Group! As many of you know I host this little book club for very selfish reasons as I am so energized and encouraged by the visits of like-minded mamas every 5-6 week. You give me a boost that helps me to imagine I might survive this crazy game for a few more weeks.
Continue reading Mother Culture: A Charlotte Mason Support Group in Bradford, Ontario *Note date change!*
This year it seems that there are more parents than ever considering this crazy homeschooling life and so once again this year, in partnership with Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink, I am offering free workshops to new homeschoolers (and those thinking of homeschooling) at my home in Bradford, Ontario and in the Kiezebrink home near Barrie, Ontario.
Whether you have made a firm decision or are still investigating your options, whether you are doing this based on a conviction you have or because the ability to school in a different way just seems to fit for your family, please feel free to come for a visit. These are interactive (question and answer style) small group workshops. If you, or someone you know, are interested in coming please RSVP directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as attendance is limited to 15 people (since we do have a very cozy space to meet) and the evenings usually do fill up.
You may come either to the home of the Kiezebrinks near Barrie, Ontario on Tuesday, July 21st or to my home in Bradford, Ontario on Thursday, August 13th. Both evenings will run from 7:30-9:30.
Both Mom and Dad (and Grandma and Grandpa or other adult supports) are welcome to attend though I respectfully ask that only parents and nursing babes attend as a full house and a late evening often make it hard for little ones to allow the adults the opportunity to get the most out of the workshop.
We will cover topics like:
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 is a “normal” homeschooling day like?
What about socialization!?!
Please come with questions!
And expect some yummy handouts too!
Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink bring to these workshops 25 years of homeschooling experience while our little homeschool was established only 12 years ago. While we aren’t experts, we do have a few years under our belts and hope to share the real deal on homeschooling, the good, the bad and the ugly. We are obviously a bit biased towards homeschooling but will gladly share the truth about the pros and cons of adopting this crazy lifestyle.
Please feel free to 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 other homeschool groups. See you in the summer!
As the summer steam rolls into autumn I am finally ready to think towards some of the yummy events that are coming up around here during the next school year. I am excited to have just received a shipment of Educating the Whole Hearted Child, the book that we will be studying in our little Charlotte Mason Support Group this school year, and I thought it was high time to let you in on the details of the meetings so that you can join us if you live nearby.
Our little meetings are a real time of refreshment and encouragement for me and I hope also for the folks that usually come. You don’t have to have the book or to keep up with the readings in order to attend but it does help. There is not fee, no sign up, no attendance. You can come once or come to every gathering. We meet every 5th or 6th Thursday from 7:30-9:30 at my home in Bradford (Ontario).
Our goal is to support one another in pursuing a vibrant and inspiring education for our families through some of the ideas and methods that Charlotte Mason used in her own schools and taught to the teachers that she trained.
In short, Charlotte Mason felt that children were born persons, valuable and thoughtful. She didn’t see them as little ones with the potential to become someone significant but that they already were amazing and vibrant creations.
She felt that a real education should go beyond just the academics and should be gained through the acquisition of discipline or of habits and through the atmosphere that they children learn in. She taught that children should be exposed to good books, to great works of art and to music, that they should enjoy nature by spending much time in the outdoors. She believed in short lessons, no lectures, free time to play and pursue personal passions in the afternoon and no homework!
If this style of educating interests you, the please mark the dates on your calendar now so that they don’t get double booked. Contact me for my full address and so that I have an idea of who will be coming.
Looking forward to our little gatherings!
Charlotte Mason Support Group Dates
***I do have extra copies of “Educating the Whole Hearted Child” in stock now. The new edition has just come out and they are only $23.50 each!!! This edition is at least 50% bigger and the price is $10 less than I got mine for many years ago! Definitely worth investing in.***
P.S. – I know that many of you don’t live in the area but would like to participate in a Charlotte Mason group in your area. I have a small list of other groups that are currently meeting in other areas (mostly in Ontario) and will post it here soon. If you know of a group in your area, please send me the information and I will include it in my posting.
I just thought I would post one last call for this month’s upcoming Newby Workshops.
This Tuesday, August 9th, will be the last one at my home, in Bradford. For more information about this workshop please see my blog: http://mapletreepublications.blogspot.com/2011/06/newby-workshops.html. You can register for this workshop by contacting me at email@example.com.
The final Newby Workshop for this season is on Tuesday, August 23rd at the home of Henry and Corrinna Keizebrink near Barrie. Registration for this workshop is through Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Both workshops are free and are for anyone who is relatively new to homeschooling or who is thinking of homeschooling.
There will be lots of Q&A time and some yummy handouts and freebies. Please feel free to pass this information on. The July workshop was packed full and a lot of fun. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on these as I won’t be holding these for free again until next summer.
Looking forward to Tuesday!