I'll admit I am a Charlotte Mason geek. I read Parents' Review articles for fun so you can imagine what a treat it was for me to recently attend a 2-day Simply Charlotte Mason Seminar in Jacksonville, Florida with my friend Chaunci.
Oh, there we are together with all those Simply Charlotte Mason books. I liken them to cook books that help you prepare the feast you spread before your child.
Remember, there are no CM'ers around my part of the woods and no Chaunci as well, so I met my friend partway in Charleston, South Carolina. There I was completely and unabashedly spoiled by her and her entire family. I thawed out from the long New England winter by enjoying a walk on the beach and shrimp & grits prepared by Chaunci's husband. The next morning we drove down to Florida fueled by strong coffee, hot Krispy Kreme donuts and four hours of uninterrupted conversation.
CM moms receiving counsel, advice and encouragement from Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason and Intentional Parents.
There were so many practical how-to's during these seminars. As we moved through the methods we were the students, participating in picture study, enjoying poetry together, and using prepared dictation for spelling. We narrated first-hand, starting with a paragraph and advancing to the re-telling of five pages. Then it was on to habit training with a session on Laying Down the Rails.
The Books & Things seminar was equally appreciated with examples of how to destroy your child's love of learning (ouch!), and a comparison of twaddle, textbook, direct questions and a living book. We were led through Swedish drill amidst giggles and laughter and then inspired by Sonya's husband, John, to not lose our own love of learning as he shared his own drawing lessons.
Sonya said we would "find the Charlotte Mason way of teaching to be simple yet profound." I felt that way about Sonya's delivery of CM as well and returned home refreshed and ready for Term Three and teaching Luca to read using the Charlotte Mason method.