Sonya Shafer

Simply Charlotte Mason

Mobile, ALNashville, TNWaco, TXAtlanta, GA

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, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at

 Sonya Shafer

Workshops from Sonya Shafer ( may vary by event location )

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.

Habit-Training Yourself: Good Habits Are Not Just for Kids

Yes, we want our children to have good habits, but many of us struggle with habits in our own lives. Take a look at four powerful pictures that give insight into how habits are formed and what to do about your bad habits. Learn the three most important words to keep in mind when habit-training. Discover how to instill your own good habits that will serve you well and help your days run smoothly.

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 flavors of homeschooling: traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, unschooling. Find your preferred flavor and learn how to shop for a successful homeschool menu.

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.

6 Tools for Lifelong Learners

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.

The Early Years: Homeschooling Your Preschooler

Give your child what is most important. Instead of academic or social pressures, Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to give their little ones a full six years of developing good habits, getting acquainted with nature, exploring with the five senses, growing in their spiritual lives, and more.

8 Habits of Highly Effective Christians

None of us wants to be a useless Christian—or to raise one. In this session, Sonya will walk you through the eight life practices that will best equip a Christ-follower to be effective and fruitful in God's kingdom, along with practical help for cultivating them. Plus, you will discover the crucial key to making these practices true habits of the heart.

What It Takes to Homeschool Successfully

Of course, you want to succeed at this homeschooling thing! But what does it take to reach that goal? In this session, Sonya shares mom-to-mom encouragement about the top qualifications and priorities that are vital for homeschooling (and for life). Do you have what it takes to homeschool successfully? You might be surprised.

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.