We perceive that the education we are giving exceeds all that we intended or imagined. - Mason
If only time and space would allow us to chat in my home with a warm cup of something you love to drink, amidst the books and things around which I am most comfortable! Perhaps we may still be able to arrange something special.
I am offering you a time for us to meet and talk, to discuss and guide, to suggest and encourage you on your journey. I will draw from my 20+ years of practice and study of Mason's methods, suggesting unique books and patterns that are tried-and-true for a relational education. If you are wondering what others think of my mentoring, please read the comments below! One meeting may be all you need to set your course in the right direction. You will be sent a pre-consultation questionnaire which will allow you to share your specific situation and most pressing concerns with me, helping us to have a purposeful conversation. Then we will schedule our meeting.Those who have consulted with me will receive my brief, quarterly "Mentoring Notes" - a short email with timely encouragement, tested advice, and other goodness. For those who are interested, having your spouse participate in the consult can be helpful, too. This truly is what I love to do and I can't wait to meet you!
From joy to joy,
Consultations may be conducted via phone or video (Zoom). Consulting fee is $60.00 per hour. All correspondence is completely confidential. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and place "mentoring" in the subject line. For information on my speaking opportunities, whether for conferences, retreats, or support groups, please see the information under "Speaking". For further bio info, see my "About" page.
Here is just a sampling of the wide range of personal helps I can share with you:
-unique living book suggestions for your homeschool
-a nurturing and thoughtful mentoring relationship
-developing specific schedules for each individual family and child
-guidance on preparing yourself, your family, and your home for a living education
-CM co-op advice (planning, subject instruction, issue resolution)
-transcript preparation that reflects a relational education
-course of study direction for a living education in the high school years
-end-of-term exam assessments
-sessions devoted to specific CM methods (narration, habits, notebook keeping, masterly inactivity, etc.)
-how to plan a Charlotte Mason-inspired retreat
-Shakespeare, Language Acquisition, Citizenship, or any other specific subject sessions, both inspirational and disciplinary
-A Charlotte Mason education with the dyslexic child
-STEM excellence in a relational education
Vigen Guroian defines a mentor in this way -"A mentor gives himself over to producing in another essential qualities of character that are not merely private or personal but ultimately crucial to the continuance of a special art or a way of life." This certainly applies to mentoring in the life-encompassing philosophy of Charlotte Mason. I am reminded of that sweet story recalled in The Story of Charlotte Mason of the student teacher being interviewed by Charlotte. Miss Mason asked the young woman why she was there. The student replied, "I have come to learn to teach." Then Miss Mason replied, "My dear, you have come here to learn to live." It follows that if education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life, our approach to school should be something that goes beyond just the school day and into how we live every day, who we are, and what we value. Let me know how I can help you with this vision.