Simply Charlotte Mason

Sonya Shafer

Convention Speaker

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years of studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others—and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at simplycharlottemason.com.

Sonya’s Workshop & Session Topics
Thursday Noon to 1 p.m. Special Needs Conference Using Charlotte Mason with Special Needs Children

Yes, you can use Charlotte Mason principles and methods with a special needs child. Sonya shares what she has learned from more than 15 years of teaching her daughter with autism, pervasive developmental delays, and language processing issues.


Thursday 2 – 3 p.m. Special Needs Conference Lessons From The Valley

After her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism, Sonya found herself in a spiritual valley. Though your valley may look different, the giants that she encountered there may seem eerily similar to your own. Learn what Scriptures the Lord used to help her overcome five giants in the valley: the giants named Fear, Faltering Faith, Uncertainty, Guilt, and Self-Pity.


Session 1 Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits

Discover the secret to smooth and easy days: habit training. Learn how to instill good habits, which habits Charlotte Mason encouraged parents to cultivate in their children, and practical tips for cultivating the top three: obedience, attention, and truthfulness. See how we are actually building character through habits.

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Session 3 Inside a Charlotte Mason Homeschool

Take a look at a typical day in the life of families who use the Charlotte Mason method. You’ll discover what the method looks like in everyday practice and gain lots of practical help and clear explanations.

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Session 4 Buttons, Beans, and Coins: Make Math Come Alive

Discover Charlotte Mason’s simple yet brilliant approach to teaching elementary arithmetic. Learn her teaching techniques that give the student a solid understanding of math, help instill good habits, eliminate drudgery, and encourage creativity. Gain the confidence you need to go at your child’s pace while adding variety and refreshment to math lessons.

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Session 5 Learning with Living Books

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.

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Session ?? Language Arts: It’s a Natural Progression

Teaching language arts doesn’t have to be complicated. Discover what exactly is included in language arts and how the Charlotte Mason method simply follows the natural progression of learning to use language well. Gather lots of practical tips for teaching language arts in an enjoyable and simple way—the Charlotte Mason way.

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