Sonya Shafer

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool writer and speaker, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years 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

Workshops from Sonya Shafer (may vary by event location)

Five Flavors of Homeschooling

The world of homeschooling is a lot like the world of food. You know that you want to provide nutritious meals for your children’s minds, but there are so many possibilities for what that food could look like and taste like. Join Sonya for a simple overview of five main approaches to homeschooling: traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, unschooling. Find your preferred “flavor” and learn how to choose and use curriculum successfully.

Getting Started

Inside a Charlotte Mason Home School
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.

Getting Started

Charlotte Mason and Her Methods

Join Sonya for a practical and encouraging overview of the simple yet effective methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach. You will learn about Charlotte and experience using her methods for yourself during the session.

Getting Started

Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together

Save time and money by teaching most school subjects to all of your students together. Join Sonya for some practical strategies to lower your stress level, provide a well-rounded education, and help you and your children build sweet memories. Learn how to keep it simple by teaching your whole family together with Charlotte Mason methods!

History, Fine Arts, Science, Bible / Scripture Memory, Organization

6 Tools for Self-Educating

With the right tools, your student will be equipped and eager to continue learning for his entire life. Give your child practice with six practical tools now, and you will be amazed at how well he transitions into being a self-learner. Come learn what the six tools are and how to use them in your home school. Plus, discover the secret that makes those tools extra powerful in creating lifelong learners.


Pick Your Rabbit: The Habit of Attention

In a world of distractions, we need to help our children learn how to give full attention intentionally and consistently. In this session, Sonya will describe how her perception of attention has been radically changed and share lots of practical ideas for cultivating a habit of attention—a habit that is crucial for success in learning and in life.

Encouragement, Parenting

Using Consequences Effectively

We talk a lot about using consequences in habit-training and parenting, but what are they exactly and how are we supposed to use them? Join Sonya for a look at the natural consequences that Charlotte Mason mentioned, the principles behind them, and tips for using consequences effectively with your own children.

Parenting, Encouragement