Our December meeting was great fun! We chatted about Twaddle-Free Holiday ideas.
Future meetings to be announced … dates/times still in flux. The next one will probably be in mid-January 2015. Updates to follow.
For anyone who might be interested in attending future meetings, I’ll keep you informed via this blog and my NW-CM Facebook page. 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 first meeting we had people from all over … Auburn, Seattle, Kirkland, Issaquah.
ABOUT THE MEETINGS:
All are welcome regardless of current educational philosophy, family make-up, religious affiliation, etc. Adults, older teens, and nursing babies only, please.
I see this as an inclusive place where CM-inspired homeschoolers from all over the Puget Sound region can come together every-other-month (or maybe quarterly?) to connect with each other and receive instruction, inspiration, and ideas about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. Eventually, I hope to see smaller local groups forming for more frequent meetings in different cities for book discussion groups, support groups, co-ops, nature study, etc. One step at a time, however.
This is an idea I’ve been planning for a number of years, but needed to wait due to unforeseen life events. I’ll be starting Graduate school this fall so I’m not sure how that will effect my availability, but this group is a priority for me so I’ll definitely do what I can to make it happen.
At the first meeting, my oldest daughter (Kelsey, 27) came along to help set up chairs, etc. She’d planned on 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 tremendous benefit to the moms who attended. They were able to ask Kelsey what CM homeschooling was like from the child’s perspective–someone who’d been raised narrating, taking nature walks, doing picture study, etc. Kelsey plans to tag along to future meetings. 🙂
Hope to see you there at some point! If you have any further questions, feel free to email me at: DSimple@aol.com