Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dione and I would are running the mentoring course again. It is running for 7-8 weeks from 7-9pm on Thursday evening starting Jan. 7, 2015. If you are interested in attending or know someone else who is interested please pass this on. If you have taken this course, you are most welcome to join again, and it will cost you nothing since you already have the workbook! Please read below, and contact me at cynthia@bonzailandscaping.com  if you are interested.

This will be based on Vicki Bentley's book, Home Education 101, and will require the purchase of the Parent Workbook, for $35, which will be due the first meeting. This just covers the cost of the book, nothing more.
This program is for any new home educating family interested in more personal mentoring from an experienced veteran – that’s “experienced” not “expert”.

This program may be for you IF:
- you are brand new this year with young children
- you are on the edge of a decision to home educate but want to know more about practical aspects
- you have been at this for a couple of years but still feel you require more of the basic information to go forward more comfortably
- you have older children recently removed from the public or private school system
- you are a veteran and would like to sit in on a session in order to become a mentor with CHEN 

 

Topics to be covered are:
Beginning the Incredible Journey
Choosing Curriculum
Organizing Your Time
Home Education with Style
Getting Dinner on the Table (The Same Day You Homeschool)
Testing and Evaluation
Teaching Tips
Organizing Your Home
Lessons Learned

You will notice that these topics are not all strictly home educating how-tos but deal with the general flow of your household. I believe that choosing to home educate your children is not about making an education choice. It is truly a lifestyle choice. How you organize (or don't organize) your home and household tasks can and do directly affect your "school" time. If you already have done the course you are welcome to join us again.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Dione and I would like run the mentoring course again. This this the first time doing it in the fall, but there is a bigger interest in homeschooling due to the sex-ed curriculum in schools, and it seems desirable to run it now. It runs for 8 weeks from 7-9pm on Thursday evening starting Oct. 15, 2015 at Dione’s house. If you are interested in attending or know someone else who is interested please pass this on. If you have taken this course, you are most welcome to join again, and it will cost you nothing since you already have the workbook! Please read below, and contact me at cynthia@bonzailandscaping.com if you are interested.

This will be based on Vicki Bentley's book, Home Education 101, and will require the purchase of the Parent Workbook, for $35, which will be due the first meeting. This just covers the cost of the book, nothing more.
This program is for any new home educating family interested in more personal mentoring from an experienced veteran – that’s “experienced” not “expert”.

This program may be for you IF:
- you are brand new this year with young children
- you are on the edge of a decision to home educate but want to know more about practical aspects
- you have been at this for a couple of years but still feel you require more of the basic information to go forward more comfortably
- you have older children recently removed from the public or private school system
- you are a veteran and would like to sit in on a session in order to become a mentor with CHEN 

 

Topics to be covered are:
Beginning the Incredible Journey
Choosing Curriculum
Organizing Your Time
Home Education with Style
Getting Dinner on the Table (The Same Day You Homeschool)
Testing and Evaluation
Teaching Tips
Organizing Your Home
Lessons Learned

You will notice that these topics are not all strictly home educating how-tos but deal with the general flow of your household. I believe that choosing to home educate your children is not about making an education choice. It is truly a lifestyle choice. How you organize (or don't organize) your home and household tasks can and do directly affect your "school" time. If you already have done the course you are welcome to join us again.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CM Book Study Meetings in Bradford


I want to extend a warm welcome for any home schooling parents to join our local Charlotte Mason Support Group in Bradford. If you are pursuing a Charlotte Mason style of education in your home - or are just interested in this philosophy of education, you are welcome to join us once or regularly. Our meetings are drop in and don't require registration (though it's nice to know how many cups of tea to prepare.) ;)

 

If you are unfamiliar with Charlotte Mason and her philosophy of education, she was a British educator about 100 years ago who strongly believed in the value and potential of all children. In fact, in a time when children were very much considered in light of the socio-economic class they were raised in, she felt that children were already persons of great value not potentially so. She saw them as intelligent, inquisitive and creative and so argued that all children should be given a liberal (as in broad in scope and deep in content), child-centred (meaning focusing on the needs of the student rather than the needs of the teacher) education. 

 

As such she advocated for three main tools of education: atmosphere, dicipline, and life. By atmosphere, she insisted that children not be isolated in an environment contrived for children but that learning should take place naturally in real life situations and that children should learn to love to learn for its own sake and not because they are compelled by marks or rewards or by the desire to please or appease their teachers. By discipline, she was describing the value of instilling good habits, life skills, character traits in children as these are just as much the measures of success as knowing specific subject content. And finally, life was meant to encompass the total sum of academic learning, not just limited to a few subjects in school but very broad in subject matter.

 

She a pursued these goals by using several key methods: narration (oral, written, and otherwise) as a method of testing, living books (written with great vocabulary by people who were passionate about their topics), lots of time in nature, short lessons, and much experiential learning over textbook work.

 

The goal she said was a science of relations, or that the student build a relationship with the subjects they were learning rather than simply learn many facts related to the subject.

 

If this style of educating resonates with your family, please be encouraged to join our discussions.  We will be reading For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay this year.  It is so inspirational; you’ll love it!  If you need a copy of the book, let me know as I have a few in stock now and will likely need to order more in before the school year starts.  They are $18.75 each, tax included.

We haven’t yet divided the book into readings for the year but will send that out once we have it.  As well, at our last meeting in June, we decided that we will, this year, make a bit of a change and will be adding in “Mother Culture” time rather than subject practicums as in past years.  We have often read books that are quite meaty and philosophical or just plain homeschool-inspirational and when that is the case, we have traditionally taken part of the evening to practically look at different ways to live out this educational life, looking at topics like spelling, geography or math.

This year’s change up is because we wanted to do some practical learning that was centred around our development as Mamas as we recognize that our own educational passion is reflected strongly on our kids. I will also pass on the subjects as we develop a list for the year.

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“The universe is written in the language of mathematics”    

                                                                      Galileo Galilei

 

Friday, September 6, 2013


Ladies,

 

I am glad to finally share with you the reading list for this year’s Charlotte Mason Meetings.

 

Back in June, when we last met, the general consensus for the book choice was that we all wanted to try something from Simply Charlotte Mason.  In particular, one or two of her free e-books.

 

Jacki and I sat down today and looked over many options and decided on Education is… and A Thinking Love.  Both are quite quick reads and so we thought that it might be most interesting to read through each of them over the course of 3-5 meetings.  Please find further descriptions of these books at http://simplycharlottemason.com/books/#CMHowTo

 

In addition to this, we usually like to try to look at both practical and philosophical issues and so we decided that while the books will help us to delve into the philosophical side that perhaps we would simply look at the practical by choosing 8 subjects to focus on and that we would ask to draw on all of your expertise.

 

That means that, this year, we are proposing to challenge all of you that if you have a pet subject that you can share from your expertise.  Please share secrets of how you keep the learning exciting, how you have used Charlotte Mason’s methods to tackle the subject or what your favourite resources are.  If you are willing to do this then we would love for your to steer part of the evening’s discussion.

 

As such we have made the following schedule of readings and topics.

 

September 19 Education is… An Atmosphere, overview of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy

October 24 Education is… A Discipline, nature study by Jacki

November 28 Education is… A Life, math by Cori

January 9 A Thinking Love Chapters 1-4, subject TBA

February 13 A Thinking Love Chapters 5-8, subject TBA

March 20 A Thinking Love Chapters 9-11, subject TBA

April 24 A Thinking Love Chapters 12-14, subject TBA

June 5 A Thinking Love Chapters 15-17, subject TBA

 

Other subjects to look at…  (Obviously we won’t cover them all.)

Bible

Science

Geography

History

Language Arts

Arts (Fine Art, Music, Dance, etc.)

Foreign Language

Handicrafts

Physical Education


 

Are you willing to share with us for a few minutes (to an hour) one evening?  Please let me know and I’d be glad to slot you in for one of the meetings.

 

Finally, as we prepare to get into these books, since they are free e-books, we have several options for acquiring the readings:

1)      you can download and print the book yourself from Simply Charlotte Mason at the link above;

2)      you can download and read the book on your ereader or other device from the link above; or

3)      I can have my printer make several print copies for those of us who like a hard copy. 

 

If you are interested in getting a printed copy of these books…

Please let me know ASAP.  I have asked my printer to create these books for us but will need to give him firm numbers soon so that he can have them ready for us by the first meeting.  If you choose to order a print copy, please note that I have asked him to keep the price down, preferably under $5 for each book.  Also, please note that I will be passing these books on for the price of printing; I am not making money on these books.

As always, all home educating parents are welcome to these meetings whether you come for one or for all of the meetings, and whether you choose to participate in the readings or not.  We do ask that only babes in arms attend though.  Meetings are always on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 at my home in Bradford.

 

Please let me know if you plan to attend the first meeting and I can send address information and answer any questions that you may have.  It also helps me to anticipate how many people to expect.

 

I look forward to hosting many of you in my home again this school year for our special time of refreshment and encouragement and learning!

 

Blessings,


Cori

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer is almost gone

So here we are, after a less than stellar summer for weather. We only had a few weeks of using the pool sadly, due to the cooler than usual temperatures, and for most of that time, two of the girls were out of province. And here comes September, and we start buckling down preparing for school. I have somewhat scheduled the dates for the CHEN support meetings. If you have any other ideas you would like to see, let me know.

September 9 or 23rd, which depends on whether or not we can do our family holiday
October 28, a couples evening, with a speaker about peacemaking, a skill we all need help with I suspect
November 25th, which I am hoping to have a speaker from ARPA, to speak on Christianity and politics.
December 9 or 25, hoping for a Family Christmas Square Dance
January 13 or 20, 2014
February 24, 2014
April 14, 2014, Annual Used Curriculum Sale
May TBA, hoping for a Family Potluck

Cori has arranged dates for the Charlotte Mason Support Group. They are not doing a book this year, but rather topics and use articles available to all on the internet from what I understand:
September 19
October 24
November 28
January 9
February 13
March 20
April 24 or May 1 depending on when OCHEC conference is
June 5

Here are some conference dates you might like to also put on your calendar as well:

Kitchner - KWCHEA - Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8-5, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate
Hamilton - OCHEC -May 2-3, 2014??
Barrie - Parents Conference, May 31, 2014, 8:30-3:30
Toronto used curriculum June 7th or 8th, 2014?
Brantford Used Curriculum Sale, June 13, 2014?

I hope you have all been somewhat rested to resume our tasks. Remember that you cannot do it in your own strength, but we can do it if we rely on the Lord. He is the one who has given you these children into your care for a time, and He will equip you and give you all you need carry out the task.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I have been working through dates for the fall and trying to make sure that we have planned the most important dates first.  I have added any significant dates that I could find below so that we can work around the public school schedule (as I know that many of you follow that schedule) as well as holidays and conferences.  If I don’t hear from you then I will assume that I haven’t planned meetings for all of your children’s birthdays or your 15th wedding anniversary when you had wanted to have perfect attendance this year.
Starting to (yikes!) look forward to the fall.
Blessings,
Cori

Charlotte Mason Support Group Dates 2012-2013
September 20
(5-6 weeks)
November 1
(5-6 weeks)
December 6
(5 weeks)
January 10
(6 weeks)
February 21 (curriculum chapter – last-ish chapter)
(6 weeks)
April 4
(5 weeks)
May 9
(5 weeks)
June 13
School and Conference Dates

First day of School – September 4, 2012
Christmas Holidays – December 24, 2012 – January 4, 2013
March Break – March 11-15, 2013
Good Friday – March 29, 2013
Easter Monday – April 1, 2013
Kitchener – KWCHEA – April 6, 2013, 8-5 @Rockway Mennonite Collegiate
Ottawa – RVHEA – (April 13, 2013?, 8-5) @
Hamilton – OCHEC – May 3-4, 2013 @ Redeemer
Barrie – May 25, 2013 – 8:30-3:30 @ BFMC
Toronto – (June 1 or 8, 2013?)
Brantford – (June 7 or 14, 2013?)
Last Day of School – June 27, 2013



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