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Mrs. Sonya Shafer:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Shafer, Sonya

Simply Charlotte Mason
PO Box 892
Grayson, Georgia (GA)  30017
United States of America (US)
SimplyCharlotteMason's Contact Page
Featured PresentationsTeach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Omaha (2013, NE)
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Nashville (2013, TN)
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Spartanburg (2013, SC)
2012 California Great Homschool Convention (2012, CA)
2012 28th Annual Home School Book Fair (2012, TX)
2012 MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati (2012, OH)
26th Annual MHEA Conference & Curriculum Fair (2012, TN)
2012 Southeast Homeschool Convention (2012, SC)
2011 CSTHEA Annual Education Expo & Homeschool Curriculum Fair (2011, TN)
2011 MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati (2011, OH)
2010 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2010, IL)
Workshop Presentations2012 NICHE Conference (2012, IA)
1st Annual 2012 Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Spartanburg (2012, SC)
2011 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2011, IL)
2011 27th Annual Home School Book Fair (2011, TX)
2009 Annual Georgia Home Education Association's Conference (GHEA) (2009, GA)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Books & Things All-Day Seminar
Charlotte Mason taught that children can be most fitly educated on books and things. Includes how to select good living books, how to use living books in a CM way, which "things" Charlotte recommended we use and how to use them, plus Four Ways to Destroy Your Child's Love for Knowledge.

A Charlotte Mason All-Day Seminar
Includes an introduction to Charlotte Mason and a detailed look at her methods, plus the Laying Down the Rails workshop on habits described below. Hours of encouragement and practical how-to's.

Laying Down the Rails
The importance of training our children in good habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Includes the sixty habits found in Charlotte Mason's writings, and focuses specifically on the top three she mentioned most. Very practical and encouraging.

Charlotte Mason and Her Methods
A practical and encouraging overview of the methods used in the Charlotte Mason approach, including living books, short lessons, fine arts, history, geography, dictation, narration, copywork, poetry, and more.

Fine Arts the Charlotte Mason Way
An easy yet effective way to give your children music appreciation and art appreciation to enrich their lives.

Spelling and Handwriting Wisdom
Charlotte Mason's gentle methods for handwriting and spelling (copywork and dictation). Includes hands-on practice and lots of encouraging instruction.

Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education
Sonya will walk you through a simple five-step process for creating a plan that fits your unique family. Learn how to schedule based on Charlotte Mason principles with a healthy dose of homeschooling reality.

Discipleship Is . . .
Charlotte Mason's motto for parents and how it can also apply to discipleship of our children. Discipleship should include the atmosphere of our homes, the spiritual disciplines, and the guidance of seeing how God is working in everyday life.

Lessons from the Valley
Biblical encouragement for parents dealing with special needs; includes spiritual lessons learned while dealing with autism.

Reaching Your Child's Heart
A mommy-to-mommy challenge about priorities in your home school. Looks at six ways to reach the heart taken from Elizabeth's example in Luke 1 and three obstacles that can keep us from reaching the heart.

Looking Past the Fear
An encouraging look at God's response to five fears that homeschooling moms face: fear of what God is calling you to do, fear of being inadequate for the job, fear of what might happen in the future, fear of ridicule or rejection, fear of our weak areas ruining our children.

Poetry: Just Enjoy it!
Yes, poetry can be enjoyable and easy! Come learn a simple, relaxed way to include poetry in any homeschool Language Arts program. Lots of practical tips and helpful resources will be shared.

Learning with Living Books
Good living books help our children form personal relations and emotional bonds. And those bonds are what make learning stick. Join Sonya for a look at this simple, yet effective, approach to homeschooling. Learn what makes a living book "living", and practice using them in a way that makes learning stick.

Language Arts the Charlotte Mason Way
Teaching language arts doesn’t have to be complicated. Charlotte Mason taught all the skills with just a few power-packed methods. Discover what exactly is included in language arts and how to teach it in an enjoyable and simple way—the Charlotte Mason way.

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. Learn how to give your child a quiet growing time.

Delightful Reading
Relax with this truly gentle approach to teaching reading. Its simple plan will carry your child from learning the alphabet to building words to feeling at home in the fascinating world of books.

The Quiet Schooling of Nature
We all have a fascinating science resource right outside our doors, but we often overlook it because it is so quiet. Come learn how nature study lays the foundation for science lessons, how to get started, and how to keep a nature notebook, plus fun and simple nature study ideas for the whole family.

Flexible Homeschooling with Planning and a Bit of Technology
We’ll walk through five easy steps for making a plan— from your Big Picture goals down to your daily activities. Then we’ll discuss how to keep that plan flexible with the help of our favorite online planner. Break free from feeling behind, because there’s more to life than the calendar!

Sonya's Achievements
  • Homeschooling mother
  • Co-director of
  • Author:  Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook
  • Author:  This Anguished Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism
  • Author:  Spelling Wisdom (Book One)
  • Author:  Spelling Wisdom (Book Two)
  • Author:  Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education
Shafer's Bio

Sonya is married to her best friend, John, and has homeschooled for fourteen years. With a passion to encourage moms in their homeschooling, she co-directs, a website designed for those who use the Charlotte Mason method. She has written many homeschool resources, including Laying Down the Rails, and is a frequent speaker at homeschool groups.

To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya shares her heart through and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother's Faith Journal through Autism.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Sonya Shafer and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

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