Just arrived home from the first Western Washington CM Meeting and I thought it was great fun! My hope for the first meeting was that a core group of people would come, and that relationships would start to be built. Success!
For anyone who might be interested in attending the next meeting, we don’t have a time or date yet but I’ll keep you informed via this blog and my Facebook page. It’ll be in about a month, probably late October or early November. When looking at a map of the greater Puget Sound area, Bellevue is smack dab in the middle, so we’re going to try sticking with the same location (the Bellevue Library). At the meeting tonight we had people from all over … Auburn, Seattle, Kirkland, Issaquah.
At the end of the meeting, I gave out a handout with some ideas of where to nbegin if someone’s brand new to Charlotte Mason’s ideas and wanting to start implementing some of her methods into their current homeschooling. For a PDF of the handout, click here. We decided as a group that we’ll all read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer MaCaulay for next time.
So even if you weren’t able to make it to the meeting, you can still have the parents’ homework. 😉
At the meeting, my oldest daughter (27) had come along to help me set up chairs, etc. She’d planned on just hanging out in the library and reading during the meeting, but ended up joining with us. I think her input to the discussion as a now grown CM homeschooled child (from PreK-thru-High School) was a wonderful benefit to the moms who had questions. They were able to ask her what CM homeschooling was like from the child’s perspective who’d been raised narrating, taking nature walks, doing picture study, etc. I hope she tags along to future meetings. 🙂