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. 🙂
UPDATED MEETING INFORMATION:
I’m in the process of setting up a regional meeting for Western Washington Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.
The first meeting is set for the Bellevue Library (Meeting Room 1) on Thursday, September 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The meeting room is the first door on the left as you enter the building from the parking garage entrance. Continue reading
I’m in the process of setting up a regional Western Washington Charlotte Mason homeschooling meeting in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.
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 CM 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.
This group should be an excellent opportunity for you to introduce your homeschooling friends to Charlotte Mason ideas, as well. Adults, older teens, and nursing babies, only, please. All are welcome regardless of current educational philosophy, family make-up, religious affiliation, etc.
This is an idea I’ve been planning for a number of years, but needed to wait until I finished my BA at the University of Washington and had more time available. I’ll be starting graduate school this fall.
The first meeting is set for the Bellevue Library (Meeting Room 1) on Thursday, September 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Details about the meeting to follow! Stay tuned.
Nearly twenty years ago, Catherine Levison (author of A Charlotte Mason Educaton) led an in-person Charlotte Mason support group that used to meet in Puyallup, Washington. The group eventually disbanded but several of us stayed in touch over the years via Continue reading
Pike Place Market, Seattle
This is information about a discussion group for parents/educators in the Pacific Northwest interested in the educational methods and philosophies of Charlotte Mason. Most of our list members are in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia … but we have others from across the USA, Canada, and points beyond.
To sign up for the NW-CM discussion group Continue reading