Sonya Shafer

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 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.

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

Feed Your Child’s Mind, Don’t Just Exercise It

Do you ever feel like you’re going through the motions of school, but the joy has gone out of learning? The problem might be that your curriculum isn’t feeding your student’s mind, it’s just exercising his mind. All exercise and no nourishment would starve anyone’s enthusiasm! In this session discover what food the mind grows on and how you can rekindle the joy in your home school.

Encouragement, Getting Started, Growth, Parenting

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.

History, Language Arts

Choosing the Soundtracks of Your Life

The thoughts that repeatedly play in your mind become the soundtracks of your life, and those soundtracks greatly affect how you view and respond to situations. Join Sonya for a look at how you can choose powerful soundtracks and build biblical playlists through Scripture memory. She will walk you through a simple Scripture Memory System that thousands of families around the world are using. By spending just five minutes a day, you and your children can learn and retain hundreds of verses—biblical soundtracks that can transform the moments of your life.

Bible, Bible / Scripture Memory, Parenting, Prayer

One Word Can Change Everything: The Strong Weak-Willed Child

When Sonya realized how Charlotte Mason defined strong-willed vs. weak-willed, it completely changed her attitude toward her children. If you feel like you are constantly butting heads in a battle of the wills, this session could revolutionize how you view your child. Discover helpful ideas that can relieve the tension, refresh your perspective, and restore the peace.

Encouragement, Growth, Parenting, Relationships

Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits in Your Home School

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.

Encouragement, Growth, Parenting